My Time as Prisma Health Midlands Foundation’s First Multimedia Specialist Intern
Working with Prisma Health Midlands Foundation created a semester of firsts. Being the first multimedia specialist intern for the Foundation for my first internship opened the door for a multitude of learning opportunities. The impactful work I helped complete for the Foundation improved me both personally and professionally.
This internship was a happy surprise introduced to me by a professor at my university, James “Jimmy” Henderson. At the beginning, I was nervous and excited to enroute on this journey because I had never represented a company’s brand before. However, as I began to translate patient impact stories to short videos, I realized that the Foundation’s whole hearted efforts to help the community could be seen through the smiles of the patients. During my time working closely with the foundation, I was able to see these emotional testimonies in person and through a screen, and I am so proud to be able to share Prisma Health—Midlands’ impact to the world.
The story which touched me the most was Tap Priester’s. To be revived after being so close to death made me realize that the work of medical professionals impacts not only the patients but also their families. There was more than one miracle performed at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital—Midlands that day. Tap was given a second chance at life, and his family was given more time to grow together. Being able to see Tap and his family happy and healthy encouraged me to work to my fullest potential to capture their raw emotions and communicate them through a video.
I am also proud to have been able to shape this internship for future students. Because the position was new, we had a lot of flexibility when deciding what the day-to-day job would look like. My supervisors, Ashley Dusenbury and Tyler Northam, made a point to try to get me involved with projects in areas I was interested in such as videography, photography and copywriting. However, one thing I did not expect was to find a mentor along the way. In my field of study, they say you gain a mentor, usually early on in your career, who will invest time in making you a better creator. Little did I know that my supervisor, Tyler, would step into this position. He patiently answered the multitude of questions I bombarded him with on a daily basis and always encouraged me for more.
Through this internship, I am glad to have been able to help create a space for more media arts majors to enter the corporate world while helping support medical professionals in my community. I am so thankful to have been given this opportunity, and I cannot wait to continue working with my team this summer.