You know the saying “everything happens for a reason,” well my internship experience was truly an example of that quote. I am currently in my third year studying my Bachelor of Design minoring in Graphic Design and Majoring in E-Media.
During our last semester at USC we must complete an internship program. I was fortunate enough to know a friend who works at an incredible company called Food Matters and mentioned to me that they do internships. I was excited but undoubtedly a little bit scared to have the opportunity and to be working around amazing designers in a professional environment. On the first day of the internship I realised I had nothing at all to be scared about, I encountered a warm, humble and fun workplace where I knew I'd be challenged (in a good way) and grow as a designer.
I have heard the stories of internship students in big cities where businesses just use them as free labour in some filing job. This was definitely not the case for me at Food Matters as I was able to really be a part of a global vision to inspire people to live their healthiest and best lives. During my time at Food Matters I got to create heaps of my own designs for their social media platforms and created two E-Books! I also assisted the web designers / developers on several projects. It was so exciting and rewarding to see people responding to the designs with positivity stating how they read it at the right time or that they “really needed to hear this today”.
I highly recommend if you have the opportunity to do an internship to do so. I have learnt so much in a short amount of time that I now consider myself a much better designer and creative thinker. It is so valuable to gain an experience of the industry and work environment before you leave uni. Interning allows you to have this experience so you know what to expect and can be more confident during future interviews, and to know what is expected of you within your career field.
Not once through my whole experience did I ever grunt that I wasn’t being paid because I loved every minute of what I was doing; this made me so much more confident in my career choice. I truly didn’t want my internship experience to come to an end.
By Brooke Paton