ITA is excited to welcome our newest group of administrative interns! Our interns join us from all over the world and bring their experience and energy to our team. If you’re interested in learning more about ITA’s administrative or clinical internship experiences, visit www.itachicago.org/training.
We’re thrilled to have this new group with us this summer, keep reading to learn more about them!
Jennessa I. Martinez is a visual artist and spoken poet who has lived and worked in Chicago, IL her entire life. Creating evocative images of mutilated body parts and nature, Jennessa’s most recent work examines street violence and urban politics. She is currently working towards her BFA at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis in Art Therapy, Painting, and Creative Writing. She is also an administrative intern at ITA and looks forward to learning about how different creative fields such as art, dance, drama, and music are incorporated into therapeutic practices.
Lexi Ferenzi is a rising senior at Cornell College, where she is double majoring in studio art and psychology, with a minor in art history. She runs cross country and mid-distance track, as well as working as a research assistant at a lab studying eating disorders. In her role as an Administrative Intern at ITA, she is excited to see what a clinical art therapy session is like and wants to learn how to best connect with clients. Lexi’s personal interests include alternative music, horror films, and practicing her embroidery.
Molly recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s in psychology, and minored in art and human development and family science. Molly is passionate about using art to connect and express oneself. Even as a child Molly’s preferred form of communication was drawing, painting, and sculpting. Molly will be attending The School of The Art Institute of Chicago to get her master’s in art therapy and counseling. In her free time she enjoys running, reading true crime, and finding new coffee shops.
Cameron Minor is one of this summer’s administrative interns. Coming from Little Rock Arkansas, he is a math major and music minor at Hendrix College and is looking forward to exploring the world of music therapy for the first time. Cameron considers himself a musician, a storyteller, and a juggler, and is excited to see how he can apply his interests to help the best can.
Sarah Saks-Fithian is a soon-to-be graduate from the University of Michigan and will receive a degree in Women’s Studies and Community Action and Social Change. On campus, Sarah has worked as an assistant in the ceramics studio and facilitated a support group for survivors of sexual violence. While Sarah’s favorite artistic medium is ceramics, she enjoys all creative methods and is dedicated to the regenerative impact of the arts. She was inspired to pursue art therapy after her own success with using ceramics to heal from trauma and she is excited to learn how the ITA staff uses art therapy to improve the lives of others.