An internship can be a fantastic way to get experience and ‘try before you apply’ for jobs. Businesses benefit from internships as new people bring fresh ideas, skills and insights.
Here Cameron Graham shares his experiences of learning on the job this summer as an intern at AB.
I’m a 3rd year graphic design student. To prepare myself for the ‘real world’, I wanted to get some real-world experience in a creative environment.
There were a number of things I wanted to take away from an internship at AB.
I was keen to get involved in working with real clients. I was also keen to get feedback from experienced designers.
Part of a team
I have never felt so welcomed into a team like I did at AB. From the moment I walked through the door I was drowned in tea and coffee and treated like I was part of the team.
Working to a live brief
I worked closely alongside the design team, who mentored me. This helped me to develop my own experience and abilities.
The brief I was given was to build a set of logos for a new client. The client was in need of a brand refresh to help their master and sub brands feel more coherent.
I enjoyed helping each brand get its own identity while keeping a coherent feel. I gained valuable feedback for my designs, which helped me develop the ideas I had presented.
Pitching to a client
I was also given the opportunity to visit the client and learn more about the business, which helped develop the project further.
We then had to present the ideas to the client themselves, and I assisted the senior designer in doing this. The experience I have gained really will help me in the future.
Trusted from the get-go
I have gained a real insight into the creative industry, as well as learning to understand strategy and structure in the creative business.
I thought I might end up being the tea boy for two weeks! However, AB made me feel like an integral, valued part of the business. They put their direction, trust and confidence in my abilities from the get-go.
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Author: Rosalind Knight
Ros is an editor and copywriter with experience in both print and digital. Her experience includes tone of voice development; interpretation for cultural sites and venues; content marketing, design and strategy; and managing an award-winning content team at a major UK charity. Ros enjoys writing about topics and industries in ways that people can relate to. She has written copy to inspire people about blanket bogs, garden birds, orchestras and refugees, among other topics!