~Meet The Intern!~

If you’ve been following updates on our social media in these first few months of summer, there’s a good chance that I was the person on the other end.


I’m Robin Burns, a senior Creative Writing and Communications major at Canisius College. When I found out that an internship was required to graduate, I knew I didn’t want to just be a coffee fetcher and copy maker. WNYBAC has been so much more than that to me, and has become an organization I am extremely proud to say I intern for.




What do I do?

A bit of everything!



~The Art Side~
Since starting here, I’ve learned typesetting, printmaking, design, and various other crafts and artistic skills.

I designed and bound these on my first day!






~The Business Side~

I’ve been mentored in posting for an organization’s social media, drafting mass emails, and promoting and organizing events. (Wait, so you can do social media as a job? I was surprised too!)

Here’s a post of mine you might have seen!



Speaking of events…

To anyone just getting started in their career, being trusted to promote an event as big as BookFest is a really daunting idea. Luckily, it was an amazing experience and definitely a highlight of my time with WNYBAC.

“The Social Media Guru”

BookFest is a gathering of printers, artists, and lovers of the book arts that happened on July 7th. If you either couldn’t go or didn’t hear about it, it’s an amazing festival full of free craft and print workshops, an artists’ market, and steamroller printing as the main event. If you couldn’t go this time, keep an eye out for next year’s event!

I got to spend all of BookFest taking pictures of everything it has to offer. I participated in workshops, taught a few of them, meet dozens of wonderful artists, and snapped about a hundred pics of the steamroller printing. Art events like BookFest are so important to keep a love of art and handmade things alive, and I’m so glad I was able to help make it a success. Here’s just a few of my favorite moments!



To anyone considering volunteering or applying to intern here: go for it.
You will definitely learn new things and get to do so much more than a typical internship.

If you find yourself at WNYBAC on Wednesdays and Fridays for the next few weeks, come say hi! I’d love to meet the people on the other side of my keyboard. And because I’m not above a little self promotion, here’s my personal blog if you’d like to check it out!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Community Foundation
Baird Foundation Cameron Jane