Over the summer Cool Culture staff had the privilege of working with two high school interns through the Bloomberg Arts Internship (BAI) program in partnership with Studio Institute. An initiative of Bloomberg Philanthropies, BAI celebrates its 10th anniversary since launching the program in 2012 to provide rising high school seniors with career development, college preparation, arts engagement and communication skills. This is Cool Culture’s third consecutive year participating in the program.
With two interns across three departments, we welcomed Yue Yi J. to the Programs team while Milagros H. balanced assignments from both the Development and Communication teams. For six weeks, the interns contributed to various projects, which included illustrations for social media and website use, curation of cultural and community events for newsletters, and support for database entry and maintenance. Each intern also used this opportunity to expand soft skills such as time management, collaboration, and communication with Cool Culture’s team members and supervisors.
During their time at Cool Culture they also had opportunities to visit our museum and cultural partners, and staff organized field trips to test out the Family Pass user experience and inspire content creation. Interns and staff explored the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, The Rubin Museum of Art, and South Street Seaport Museum. The latter was Milly’s first time on a ship and a highlight of their internship. They shared at one of our staff meetings that they wouldn’t have known about the museum if not for Cool Culture and that, “It was super cool being on a boat.”
Along with other BAI interns at the culminating event of the program, Yue Yi and Milly presented about their internships to program participants and supervising staff at Bloomberg Philanthropies. Both shared takeaways from their time at Cool Culture and what they learned about college and career readiness through their assignments and activities.
Thank you for all of your contributions Yue Yi and Milly! We wish you the best in your senior year!