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Allison Hemingway

Film & Video Studies & Mass Communication

Odd Machine

What was the most exciting thing about your role? 

The most exciting thing about my role as an intern was when I had the chance to help on production days. I love being on set with the various film professionals because the people I was able to work with were so willing to share their stories and tips and tricks in the industry while teaching me how to best do my job at the same time. I also had the chance to work with amazing talent throughout these shoots that inspired me to keep pursuing my career goals.

Describe the most meaningful experience you had as an intern. 

The most meaningful experience to me personally in this internship, came from the networking. I met so many incredible people throughout this summer, and almost all of them reached out to me with endless ways to help both during my time at Odd Machine and after I had left at the end of the term. Each person I met impacted me in a different way, and I know their advice and help will help me on my journey throughout the rest of my time at Purdue and into my career.

How did you apply your Liberal Arts-skills to your internship position?

Communication and creativity were the two most important skills this job required, and Purdue Liberal Arts has done an amazing job of providing me opportunities to strengthen these. 

How has your internship prepared you for your career? 

This internship has been my first experience with a focus on film and video in the advertisement industry. I had incredible networking opportunities while working downtown Chicago, and I gained a new understanding of working with professionals on and off film sets. My co-workers were extremely knowledgeable and willing to answer any question I had, whether it was about something technical or about the industry in general. My practical skills grew immensely during my work on film sets, and I am incredibly thankful for some of the amazing opportunities this internship allowed me to have.