Internship Spotlight: Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts

Current student Wendy Zhang shared the following about being an intern at Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts (UCCA)…

How did you find this internship?
I have visited UCCA several times during my high school period in Beijing, including one of the exhibition on a contemporary artist Xu Bing who actually influenced me to choose my majors in art history and studio art. From then on I wanted to be an intern there.

What did you enjoy most about your internship? 
I had the chances to conduct condition check for over 400 artworks from three exhibitions, including almost 300 artworks by Matisse from the Musée Matisse’s collection.

What did you find challenging?
The workload is more intense than I expected. We not only need to manage three on-going exhibitions, but also need to care about the shipment, loan, research, and other logistics of past and upcoming exhibitions. And to make sure I was on the same page with everyone, I had to be familiar with every on-going project in a very short time.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
At the first half of your internship, try out every task they offered to you to find out what you truly like. Then, by the second half of your internship, communicate with your supervisor to sign up for the tasks you like the most.

By Sheryl Rosenberg
Sheryl Rosenberg Associate Director