Valentine Intern Spotlight: Ta’Kia Dozier
Our PR & Marketing and Development Intern introduces herself and shares her expectations as the newest member of the Valentine team.
My name is Ta’Kia Dozier, and I am a second semester junior from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and an intern at the Valentine.
I currently attend Virginia Union University where I am pursuing my degree in Business Marketing. I am a Resident Assistant for a Living and Learning Residence Hall, a part of the Honors Program, the president of the Residence Hall Association and a member of the Virginia College of African American Women (VCAAW).
I knew nothing about the Valentine at first. In fact, the only Valentine I ever knew was the crush that I had in fifth grade. Once I did some research and saw the variety of exhibits and its unique history however, I knew right away this was the kind of work I was interested in. The focus of the museum is what really appealed to me; its many exhibition pay tribute to the diverse men and women who have helped to build and shape Richmond, the state of Virginia and the nation.
I was made aware the opportunity for an internship through my schools career center. I applied and was excited to hear back that I had an interview.
As a marketing major, my options for a career are endless. There are so many different opportunities and avenues that I can take with this major, and through this internship I hope to narrow down what it is that I would actually like to do once I graduate. Walking into my first day, I was nervous due to my lack of experience in the marketing field, but confident that I would learn fast and gain knowledge in a field that I am passionate about. The skills that I have gained in the classroom are the fundamentals that I will need to succeed in any internship and any career I choose. I believe this internship will allow me to hone my creative skills and put my knowledge to the test through a variety of different tasks.
The environment is very positive here, and I am excited to get to know my new co-workers. I am excited to experience the marketing side of a community museum. This is my very first internship, and I plan to work hard, be open-minded, and have a great experience!
Ta’Kia Dozier is an intern at the Valentine in Richmond.