As much as I tried to hide it, I was a nervous wreck my first day as a graphic design intern here at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Imagine me, a young lad out of my small hometown of Forkland, Alabama, working in such a prestigious environment. “Get it together Ken. Don’t mess this up,” was the thought that rattled around in my head for days. I wanted to do no less than a great job here at the Museum. After a couple of weeks and a couple of projects completed, the bashfulness slowly but surely dissolved and my confidence grew as I built new, stronger connections with the Museum staff.
Working here independently has helped me grow both personally and professionally. Other than the summer gigs I would do with my uncle back home, I’ve never had the opportunity to really work in a professional environment. More than anything, I am thankful for the projects that forced me to step out of my comfort zone. I remember the first project that allowed me to utilize my basic photography skills. There was a costume contest along with a jazz event and it was my job to get pictures of all of the festivities. This was my first time shooting an event and the very thought of moving around so many people put butterflies in my stomach. Regardless, I completed the task given to me. In retrospect, there were things I could have done better, but I did learn things from that experience that I can apply in the future.
In a nutshell, being an intern for the MMFA has been a great learning experience. It feels as though I’ve become a part of the family here. I give so much thanks to my wonderful internship supervisor, Cynthia Milledge, Public Relations Director, for giving me this opportunity.
Note: The staff at the MMFA are so proud of LeKendrick and all of his contributions during his 13 week internship. He is an outstanding young man with a bright future in the graphic arts field.