Media Academy internships are opportunities made possible by the Public Library Association's Inclusive Internship Initiative (III). The overarching goal of III is to introduce students from diverse backgrounds to careers in librarianship. Through a summer-long mentored learning project, library mentors and interns engage with multiple facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services. Interns have opportunities to connect with one another, and learn from mentors across the country.
James and Jalen chose to work together to create a documentary for their personal projects. Jalen is taking the lead on conducting interviews with Media Academy participants and mentors while he has learned about the types of cameras available along with several filming and editing techniques. James is taking the lead on producing the entire score while he has learned how to produce and edit music with Logic Pro X and other available equipment.
"We’ve been taught how to identify a problem, learned about its impact on the community and how to create a plan of action. I’ve been able to meet new people who have improved my hip-hop artistry while also learning new skills, like beat production and engineering, to develop my passion further."