If it’s free and it works you might as well take it.
I’ve been employing interns since I opened a studio space. I haven’t gone looking for them but every few weeks I will get a recent graduate or high school student asking to hang out and learn something.
Invariably I learn something from them or I learn something from having to teach what I know. Amazing how knowledge grows and expands as you pass it on to others.
One of the projects I like to give most interns involves a bit of self reflection and forces them to think about three key aspects of there life.
Who they are and where they are from
What they are good at
What they would like to see change in the world
It’s usually an illustration task but I always enjoy giving it to interns and I especially like hearing their responses. the process doesn’t take much time but as we talk about the work they create as a response to these prompts my understanding of these 3 aspects in my own life and work become more clear to me.
I don’t know how or why it works on a neurological level, but what I’ve experienced in mentoring is that it never fails to cause growth in my own understanding and practice.