Stepping into the world of professional photography and graphic design can be a daunting task, but my three-month internship at the Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK) transformed this challenge into an unforgettable and positive experience. As an aspiring photographer and graphic designer, this opportunity not only refined my skills but also opened doors to valuable networking connections.
From the moment I set foot in the vibrant offices of AMWIK, I knew I had found my dream working environment. My mentors and colleagues were welcoming, and they instantly recognized my passion for photography and graphic design. The most exciting was Motivational Monday which was more of a mentoring session for me as a young media professional woman.
One of the most significant advantages of interning at AMWIK was the abundance of hands-on experience I received. From day one, I was entrusted with various projects, including capturing compelling photographs at events, designing promotional materials, and even contributing my ideas during brainstorming meetings for Projects.
Under the expert guidance of seasoned professionals, I honed my skills in framing captivating shots, editing images to convey emotions effectively, and creating visually appealing graphic designs that complemented the content’s message. Their constructive feedback encouraged me to push my creative boundaries and gave me the confidence to experiment with new techniques.
Throughout the internship, I witnessed a remarkable improvement in my abilities as a photographer and graphic designer. AMWIK provided an environment conducive to growth, where I was free to learn from my mistakes and turn them into opportunities for improvement. From mastering advanced photo editing software to understanding the art of storytelling through visual elements, my skill set underwent a significant transformation.
The Association of Media Women in Kenya is deeply embedded in the media industry, and this opened doors to valuable networking opportunities. I had the privilege of meeting journalists, and media professionals during events and workshops. Engaging in conversations with these established individuals not only broadened my perspective but also exposed me to potential future collaborations.
Moreover, AMWIK got invitations to events and seminars where I interacted with other interns and young professionals. These interactions not only expanded my social and professional circle but also inspired me by hearing about their unique journeys and experiences.
Being a part of an organization that advocates for gender equality in media was empowering. AMWIK’s commitment to providing women with equal opportunities in the media industry resonated deeply with me. As a young woman pursuing a career in Public relations and Communication, their mission struck a chord and motivated me to work harder to achieve my dreams.
My internship at the Association of Media Women in Kenya was nothing short of transformative. It provided me with the ideal platform to grow as a photographer and graphic designer, while also enabling me to forge meaningful connections within the media industry. AMWIK’s dedication to gender equality and empowerment added an extra layer of motivation, driving me to excel in my chosen field.
As I bid farewell to my internship, I carry with me a treasure trove of experiences, skills, and friendships that will undoubtedly shape my future endeavours. I am immensely grateful for this positive and enriching journey and will forever cherish the memories of my time at AMWIK.
By Cynthia Nasambu, Intern, AMWIK