Name: Akili Davis
Class Year: 2020
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
Internship Placement: Till Arts Project
Job Title: Gallery Assistant
What’s happening at your internship?
My role is really dependent on the day. My boss makes sure that I see all sides of the arts field, so they make sure to have me complete lots of different tasks! One of my favorite things to do is help artists set up their exhibits. A few weeks ago, I was able to help curate an interactive exhibit. I’ve also been networking around the city in meetings we set up so I could meet people in different areas of art in Philadelphia.
Why did you apply for this internship?
I love working in intimate spaces, and my internship site is a grassroots organization headed up by one person. My boss is a former Bryn Mawr McBride, and they are very knowledgeable about so many different fields. I was interested in working for them because they see things from a social science lens, just like me, because they were an anthropology major. I also wanted opportunities to meet people in the city because I am confident that I want to stay in Philadelphia after graduation.
Living in a new city? What has that experience been like for you?
I absolutely love Philadelphia. This was the first time I had actually lived in the city, and every moment of it was great. I love being in the center of everything that is happening, and West Philadelphia is such a cute neighborhood. There are always lots of people around, and I love exploring new neighborhoods I never had a chance to see while out at Bryn Mawr.
Can you give us three adjectives and three nouns that describe your internship experience?
Adjectives: Inquisitive, trying, joyful
Nouns: SEPTA, snacks, sewing machines!