Insights from an Intern: Bella Parkinson, Department of Film & Media Arts

April 16 2020

This is a series dedicated to highlighting the insights our students gained during their internships.

Name: Bella Parkinson, Department of Film & Media Arts 

Internship: I'm currently interning at KUED Channel 7 (soon to be PBS Utah) in the production department. More specifically, I work in archiving. I've been there since early September and I'll be sticking around until the end of fall semester (longer, hopefully!).

What responsibilities did you have as an intern?

I'm in charge of extracting and maintaining metadata from KUED's archived/digitized productions. Additionally, I help organize and catalog the tape library, which is full of 40-year-old 1-inch video tapes and cassettes. I've even seen programs dating back to the 1960s!

What new skills or knowledge did you gain from your internship?

On top of developing my interpersonal skills, I'm learning to contextualize programs through both historic and modern lenses. I'm processing large quantities of data quickly, organizing it, and preserving its meaning. It's peaceful and meaningful work.

What connections did you make and how do you think those connections may help you in your career?

My supervisor has a background in library science, so I've connected with staff at the Marriott Library and various production gurus back at KUED. I have a newfound interest in archiving and preservation, so they're helping me get a broad view of the places I can take it. I might even pursue a Master's further down the line.

What advice would you give other students who are interested in a similar internship?

As a film major, I never imagined I would land in archival science. Have an open mind. If an opportunity presents itself, take it and see where it leads. Any stepping stone is worth it, so keep moving!

Are there other things you would like to tell us? 

Kate Wolsey is your resource! Reach out, stay connected, and take advantage of the ArtsForce Canvas listings. It's worked wonders for me.