“The collaborative and purpose-driven environment of non-profits resonates deeply with me, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared commitment among colleagues."

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

Upon learning about the Marcomms internship opportunity at The Red Pencil (Singapore) from a fellow intern, I undertook thorough research into the organisation. Delving into the profound impact of art therapy, I thought that the internship would be a fulfilling way to spend my holidays before university started. The prospect of exploring art therapy, a novel concept to me, further piqued my interest and motivated my decision to apply. I was eager to broaden my expertise in marketing and communications while contributing to The Red Pencil (Singapore)'s meaningful initiatives.

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

 

My colleagues in Marcomms provided me with numerous opportunities to explore various facets of the field, exposing me to diverse experiences and allowing for creative expression through the creation of social media posts. Additionally, I gained valuable insights into collaboration with diverse teams and enhanced my ability to adapt to different working styles.

 

 

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

 

Being able to make a positive impact on the community and society at large is deeply fulfilling to me. The collaborative and purpose-driven environment of non-profits resonates deeply with me, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared commitment among colleagues. This atmosphere is not only inspiring and motivating, but also aligns seamlessly with my working style which I cultivated through years of participating in team sports.

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

Working within a non-profit organization with a specialised focus has underscored for me the limited awareness of art therapy among the general public. This became evident when I was tasked to conduct street interviews for a series of TikTok videos to gauge public knowledge on art therapy. Despite the public’s limited knowledge on art therapy, I have observed that The Red Pencil (Singapore) effectively promotes the benefits of art therapy through various events. Participating in initiatives such as “Minds Awaken: A Celebration of Mental Wellness" has allowed me to witness firsthand how the organization's art therapists skillfully engage individuals of diverse backgrounds and ages through artistic expression. This experience has deepened my appreciation for the transformative power of art therapy in fostering connections and promoting mental health.

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

The relationships I've formed have been invaluable, extending beyond fellow interns to include all my colleagues, who are not only fun but also exceptionally kind-hearted. Among the memorable experiences, I would say filming TikTok videos with my colleagues stands out the most as I enjoyed working together as a team and the laughter we shared! There was never a dull moment working with everyone at The Red Pencil (Singapore) office.

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

 

I aspire for The Red Pencil (Singapore) to achieve greater recognition within our community, amplifying awareness of the transformative impact of art therapy on individuals and fostering positivity throughout our society!

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

I have discovered through my experience that art therapy encompasses more than traditional painting and drawing; it extends to using unconventional mediums such as googly eyes, feathers and more! I realised that these diverse materials allow art therapists to tailor their sessions effectively for various groups, addressing specific needs such as those related to dementia and colour blindness. This insight has deepened my understanding of the versatility and therapeutic potential of art in addressing diverse psychological and emotional challenges.

“I aspire for The Red Pencil (Singapore) to achieve greater recognition within our community, amplifying awareness of the transformative impact of art therapy on individuals.