“I personally witnessed the power of art therapy to form cohesive bonds between strangers and enrich the connections between friends and family."

What led you to apply for an internship at The Red Pencil (Singapore)?

I was first introduced to the concept of art therapy during my studies in junior college, where I was fascinated by its potential to empower and support individuals through creative expression. This initial exposure sparked my interest in the field, leading me to seek opportunities to expand my understanding and experience. This internship at The Red Pencil (Singapore) seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a sense of what it's like to work as an art therapist, as well as gain exposure in the field of programmes management and academic research.

How has your experience as a Programmes & Administration Intern with The Red Pencil Singapore helped you to grow personally and professionally?

 

I was extremely fortunate to have worked with a group of dynamic, driven, and passionate individuals who taught me the how's and why's of art therapy. They also patiently guided me in fulfilling various administrative and logistical tasks, which I had no prior experience in. Additionally, I was involved in multiple outreach events, introducing me to the intricacies of event planning and execution. This experience provided me with valuable insights into the inner workings of non-profit organisations, while highlighting possible career paths I could consider for the future.

 

 

What skills or knowledge did you gain or improve upon during your internship, and how did you see them benefiting your future career?

 

As someone who is committed to making a meaningful impact on society, non-profits offer a unique opportunity to contribute to meaningful causes and support those in need. This aligns with my values of service and social responsibility. Additionally, my career goals include pursuing a path that not only challenges me professionally but also brings me personal satisfaction when seeing positive social change. Working in a non-profit setting thus provides the ideal platform to develop my skills while staying true to my commitment to making a difference in the world.

How successful do you think The Red Pencil (Singapore) has been at using art therapy to connect with people?

I think it's been really successful! I was lucky to be involved in two major open studio events where I saw people of all ages light up with joy and enthusiasm when involved in art-making. I personally witnessed the power of art therapy to form cohesive bonds between strangers and enrich the connections between friends and family. The atmosphere created when people make art together is truly something special that I will never forget.

What has been the most memorable/ eventful part of your internship journey so far?

Honestly, getting to know my colleagues better through meals and rehearsals for events was the most memorable part of my journey so far. These small but enjoyable moments were what really made my internship meaningful and fulfilling because I got to build strong relationships, learn from everyone's diverse experiences, and feel a sense of camaraderie that enriched both my professional and personal growth. The laughter and conversations we've had over shared experiences will always stay with me, reminding me of the community that made my time at the organization truly special.

What are your hopes for The Red Pencil (Singapore)?

 

I hope that The Red Pencil (Singapore) will continue striving for their cause and build lasting connections with their beneficiaries! It will be amazing if The Red Pencil (Singapore) can increase their level of outreach even more to promote the integration of art therapy into mainstream healthcare systems and education, thus raising awareness of art therapy amongst the general public.

How has working with The Red Pencil (Singapore) helped you in your understanding of art therapy?

A major component of my internship involved academic research to bolster the programmes and workshops that The Red Pencil (Singapore) pushed out to clients and the general public. During these many weeks of research, I learnt greatly about the versatility of art therapy, and how it can benefit multiple target groups socially, mentally and emotionally. Reading about the different methods and approaches to using art therapy helped me to realize the depth of the subject, thus allowing me to appreciate the profound and healing impact art can have on individuals' lives.

The atmosphere created when people make art together is truly something special that I will never forget.