Professional nature photographer Grant Collier is currently looking for interns to help with his photography business in Lakewood, Colorado. This is an unpaid internship, but all interns will have the opportunity to learn about running a successful photography business!
Eligibility To be eligible for this internship, you must currently be enrolled at an accredited college, institute, or university, and you must have plans to return to school in the following term. If you have already graduated, you are not eligible for this internship.
Type of Work: The type of work will vary depending on the background of the participant and the work that is needed at the time. This work could include any of the following: scanning images and working on them in PhotoShop, assisting with basic web design, sorting, organizing, and shipping photography books, marketing photography books, assisting with set up at art shows, helping to prepare proposals for magazine articles, setting up a stock photography business, and possibly assisting Grant Collier while photographing in the field.
Added Benefits: All interns will be given an overview of all of the work that Grant does to run a successful nature photography business. Those who complete the internship and do good work can receive a letter of recommendation. In addition, after completing 1/2 of the internship, participants will be given a detailed handout covering almost everything they need to know to sell photos at art shows. After completing the internship, participants will be given handouts with information and important contacts for publishing photography books.
Length of Internship: To complete an internship, participants will be asked to work at least 120 hours. If you need a certain number of hours for school credit, your internship can be customized to meet the required hours. Internships can be part time for the entire summer or full time for part of the summer.
Contact Us: If you have any questions for Grant, please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-984-0801. If you wish to apply for an internship, please e-mail a resume', along with a copy of your student ID to email@example.com. Thank you!
Where will I be working? You will be working out of Grant's home office in Lakewood, Colorado. This is a very spacious office with a relaxed atmosphere.
What are the work hours for this internship? The work hours are flexible. With some exceptions, you can pretty much set your own schedule, as long as you are able to work the number of hours required to complete the internship or get school credit.
What is the dress code for this internship? The dress code is very relaxed. You can wear pretty much whatever you like.
How many internships are available during the summer? This varies quite a bit from year to year depending on what work is available. There may be very limited internships available in the summer of 2009 and there should be more available in the summer of 2010.
Do you provide internships during any other times of the year? Generally, the internships are only available in the summer months. If you're interested in an internship during other times of the year, feel free to Contact Grant to see if there might an opportunity for this. It's unlikely that there will be anything available, but there's always a possibility.
How do you decide on the interns you accept? Some priority is given to those who apply first. You can apply for the internship as early as Oct 1 of the year before the internship. The resumes will also factor into the decision. Unfortunately, there are usually a lot more people applying than there are internships available. So a lot of people will not be accepted. It's therefore best to get your application in as early as possible. But you can apply at any time. Sometimes people who apply later will be accepted simply because there is a cancellation by another intern or because more work has become available.
Will I be working with other interns? This varies from year to year. Some years, you will be working with 2-3 other interns and some years you will be the only intern for some or all of the time.
Do you provide housing? It's possible you can get housing as part of this internship. If interested, please Contact Grant for more information.
Can I do some of the work for the internship from my own house rather than coming into work? No. You'll need to come into the office to complete all of the work.
Do I need to bring anything along with me to this internship? If you have a laptop that you can bring to work, this could be helpful but it is not required. For any computer work, you can use one of Grant's older computers that still runs reasonably fast.
I've never done an internship and am not 100% sure whether I want to do this one? Can I apply for the internship and then quit if I decide it's not for me? You can, of course, quit at any time, though you won't get school credit. But we do ask that you only apply for this internship if you are commited to completing it. If you are unsure about doing an internship or if you're unsure about traveling to Denver and living on your own, we ask that you do not apply. This is a very popular internship and the majority of the people applying will not be accepted. So it's unfair to others who really wanted to do this internship and were turned away, only to have someone who was accepted quit during or before the internship. Also, it's very difficult to find a replacement at the last minute.
Will I have an opportunity to take a lot of photos as part of this internship? No. There's a chance you will be able to assist Grant some in the field, but most or all of this internship will consist of office work that is required to run a photography business. While this isn't as exciting as taking photos and can be downright dull at times, learning the business aspect of photography is vital for anyone wanting to make a career out of photography. If you only consider photography a hobby and aren't interested in turning it into a business, this internship probably isn't for you.
For those coming from out of town, you will find that Colorado is a great place for nature photography and you can certainly ask Grant for advice on places to go and shoot on your own.
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