Ho interned at the National Endowment for the Arts in the Design Creative Placemaking Division as well as the Partnership Division. She  wrote blurbs for their monthly newsletter, put together briefing materials for a summit and helped prepare data for grant-making specialists.

Since she worked for a grant-making agency with the purpose of funding the arts, Ho would get to read up on all of the various design projects happening around the country. She had the opportunity to sit in on meetings and learn more about design principles and how to incorporate them into projects that would better a community.

“What I really appreciated was their focus on rural communities because design happens everywhere,” Ho said.

One of the perks of Washington, especially for someone studying architecture, is that the Smithsonian Museums are easily accessible. One of her assignments for her internship was to take photos of the National Museum of African American History and Culture for the agency’s newsletter. Ho had been there when the building opened in 2016 but now, after furthering her architecture education at ASU, she appreciated the beauty of the building in a new light.

“Everything is so monumental — almost out of this world,” Ho said. “It’s also a hub for these amazing architectural projects that are appreciated by everyone.”

Going to Washington, D.C., also helped a case study Ho is working on for her class in contemporary architecture, which focuses on the architect I. M. Pei’s design of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.

“It was a building I had always seen on a screen and I was able actually to go and experience it, which was really amazing.”

The professional connections Ho made during her time in Washington illustrated what a career in the field might look like. She also cultivated friendships with people from all over the country, in addition to her fellow Capital Scholars, which Ho said offered a lot of personal growth.

Although she was a bit nervous at the start of her time as a Capital Scholar, Ho said ASU provided an array of advice and help to get students where they wanted to be. By the end of the summer Ho was asked to stay on for an extra two weeks with her internship.

“I’m very lucky that I got an internship that was such a perfect intersection for my two areas of study so I am very grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts.”

Matt Oxford

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