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Leanna Cramer - JL Signs

Leanna Cramer screen printing at her internshipInternship title: Intern

How did you find your internship?

I drive past it when I go to school or work

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Weeding. Making stencils. Burning screens. Washing screens. Putting emulation onto the screens. Printing.

What is the best part of your internship?

The computer work.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes.

A quote from you regarding your experience?

You can never have all your eggs in one basket it. Thats why you have more then one hen.

 

Joseph Epperly - Orchard Hill Church

Joseph Epperly interns at Orchard Hill ChurchInternship title: KidsFest Staff photographer

How did you find your internship?

Our Church has a heavy emphasis in Graphics Communication.  I inquired as to whether I would be able to assist in their Graphics Communication Program.

What are you primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?

Take photos of kids smiling or having fun.  Posting the photos online

What is the best part of your internship?

I enjoyed taking the photos of the kids and displaying them on line.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?

Yes, I would recommend it to others in  Graphics Communication and Multi Media

A quote from you regarding your experience?

I really enjoyed my internship.  It was a great experience and wonderful environment to work in.

 

Stephanie Rexroth - MARC USA

Stephanie RexrothDrawing on her cultivated education and practical design experiences, Stephanie Rexroth is painting a positive picture on the canvas of her future in the graphic design industry. A senior in Cal U's graphic design program, Rexroth has landed an internship with MARC USA this semester.
 
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, MARC is one of the nation's fastest growing national marketing communications agencies in the country with offices in key regions of the United States, such as Indianapolis, Chicago, Dallas and Miami. As a result of posting her resume with an online internship center, Rexroth was contacted by a recruiter from MARC, which is the largest advertising agency in Pittsburgh.
 
After a rigorous interview process, she learned that she won the position - through which she is a member of an actual client team at the firm. On the team, she will work along side professional MARC staff including art directors, designers and copywriters, and collaborate on client projects.

"It is a very exciting opportunity to gain real-world experience with such a prestigious firm," Rexroth said. "They have really included me in the process."

"I am also getting to experience the other side of graphic design," she said, comparing the in-house experience she gained by working within the marketing department at a local manufacturing company last year, with her current agency-type design work.

While Rexroth's grades and previous internship experience helped her gain the MARC internship, "MARC was most impressed by my portfolio, which includes a lot of work done with clients through ‘the club,'" she explained.

The club, which she describes, is Studio 224 - Cal U's graphic design organization. Through Studio 224, students gain practical design and marketing experience by creating real marketing communications projects and campaigns for actual clients.

"Our clients get great quality for less money," explained Greg Harrison, faculty member in Cal's department of art and design and club advisor. "Our students get invaluable experience. It's a win-win situation."

The National Aviary, PennDot and The Pittsburgh Coffee Company are just a few local organizations for whom Studio 224 has designed marketing communication campaigns. Rexroth's involvement in Studio 224 for the last few years includes serving as vice president and now president since last semester.  

"I had the graphic design experience through classes and internships, but my membership and serving as an officer of the organization has helped me gain valuable leadership experience and public speaking skills."

"One aspect that is setting us apart from other graphic design programs is our marketing component," Harrison explained. "Cal has integrated marketing into all of its graphic design classes so students can practically apply their work. Our students can use design as a communication tool to get results." Speaking from his experience in the design industry, he added, "That is a rare person."

Brandon Lacina - DMI Companies

Major: Graphic Design

Internship placement: DMI Companies of Charleroi, Pa

Your internship title:  Graphic Designer

How did you find your internship?
Through the Internship Center at California University. Karen Primm worked with me one on one over the course of a week or two. Once we established my previous experience, what I was looking for in an internship, and what my goals were. We then began the process of applying through DMI Companies Human Resources Office.

What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
Creation of Print, Film, and Video based designs for marketing purposes under the DMI – Ductmate brand. Often times working with Sales Managers, Distributors, Company Branches throughout the country, and even on occasion producing designs for the President of the company.

What is the best part of your internship?
When I started to see that my projects were having a positive impact on the company, I knew that I was beginning to establish myself in my field. As the quality of my work continued, I took on new responsibilities and my ideas were being implemented more often then not. It was very rewarding to see that my love for design was being accepted and incorporated into the real world with positive results.

What are the top two things you have learned?
The main thing I learned over the course of my internship I would have to say is Time Management. When you have multiple projects, all with different deadlines, how do you go about approaching each project one by one while still giving each project the necessary amount of time to complete with time left over in case delays appear.

Another vital part of my learning experience would be in working with all kinds of different people with different backgrounds in their fields of choice. From Sales Managers to Engineers, I began to develop skills and abilities to adapt to each of their specific needs in delivering designs that were critical to their own application needs.

Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
Absolutely! If everyone could find an Internship that more then anything has the ability to cement the desire to pursue a career, it’s more then worth it. After completing this internship I know now not only am I in the right place c career wise, but that I can also thrive in it.

A quote from you regarding your internship experience?
“You’ll spend 1/10th of your life on someone else’s clock. Better make sure you’re doing something you like.”

David Batory - MTV Networks/Nickelodeon Department

Major: Graphic Design

Internship Placement: MTV Networks/Nickelodeon Department
 
Internship Title: Nickelodeon Designer
 
How did you find your internship?
I found this internship through MTV’s website. I gathered a list of all the places in New York City that I would be interested in, and Nickelodeon was one of them.
 
What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
My responsibilities and activities are to complete assignments that are given. I work with all web media for the Nickelodeon website. I’ve done projects such as: design layout for games, designing web pages, designing screensavers/music players, illustrating new characters/images for specific web pages, etc.
 
What is the best part of your internship?
I think the best part about this internship is just being in New York City, and working at such a large and well-known company. It feels so good to walk down Broadway, and know that your destination is MTV’s building, the place where tourists want to stand in front of and take pictures. Even when someone asks you where you are interning, it is such a privilege to say “Nickelodeon, over at MTV Networks”. On top of that, the projects I am working on are enjoyable and are being put to use on the actual Nickelodeon website.
 
What are the top two things that you have learned?
The first would be that I’ve learned to design with a team. I am given a project, and walked through it and I do the job that I am given to the best of my ability. I do my part, and then I send it over to the next person, who will review it, or put it on the web site, etc. The second would be that I’ve learned how to have confidence in my work. I’ve been given such great complements on the work that I’ve done, that I can try and stay positive with my work and myself. It is a different environment than when you are in college, because it’s the real world and when another designer tells you that your design work is great - that can make a world of a difference.
 
Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
Absolutely. The workload is not overwhelming, the internship is in a laidback environment, the staff is nice and helpful, and you are in New York City. What more can you ask for?
 
A quote from you regarding your internship experience?
“As overpowering as something may seem, if you force yourself to overcome the fear that you have and the worries that you face, you will realize that it will not only make you a stronger, more confident person, but it will also give you the drive to seek what you really want to do in life.”

Eleanor Imhof - Accordia Global Health Foundation

Major:  Graphics and Multimedia
 
Internship Placement:  Accordia Global Health Foundation - Washington, DC
 
Your Internship Title:  Design and Communications Intern

How did you find your internship?
  The Washington Center
 
What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities? 
Designing various communications materials for distribution, working with the printer, managing social media sites and e-mail blasts, some research and data entry.
 
Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship. 
I spoke with the Creative Director at Leo Burnett in Chicago, who has created advertising campaigns for national brands, like McDonalds and the Army.
 
What one day at work really stands out? 
I pretty much enjoyed work every day; the ones that stand out are probably the ones I felt most accomplished after, either because the day had been super productive, or something I designed became a finished product.
 
What is the best part of your internship? 
I truly enjoyed being a part of this office, especially the feeling that I was doing something useful, not just getting coffee. J   I’m also pretty proud of my final portfolio – it’s nice to see everything in hard copy and together in one place.
 
What are the top two things you have learned? 
I’m leaving DC with a new sense of confidence and learned what it was like to work for someone, not just fulfill the requirements written on a syllabus/rubric.  I also experienced working as a part of a team at a new level and feel like my design skills are growing.  
 
Would you recommend this internship to someone else? 
Yes.  My supervisor was great at catering the internship to my interests.  I feel like I should offer words of wisdom though; The Washington Center program, although it presents endless opportunities, is pretty demanding and requires utilizing time management skills.
 
A quote from you regarding your internship experience? 
My summer in DC was a learning experience, and not to mention a culture shock, but the internship was worth it.  I’m figuring out where I want to go in life, and am looking forward to what the future has in store for me.

Jeffrey Barringer - Pro Images of PA

Major: Graphic Communications and Multimedia
 
Internship placement:  Pro Images of PA, Irwin, PA
 
Your internship title:  Photographers Assistant and Second Shooter Intern
 
How did you find your internship?
My father owns a photography business, and he asked if I wanted to help.
 
What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
My primary responsibilities in my internship are to edit photographs, maintain the company website, photograph at weddings, create slideshows, and whatever else needs to be done.
 
Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship.
I meet many fascinating brides and grooms every time I go and photograph a wedding or engagement sessions. It’s one of my favorite parts of the internship.
 
What one day at work really stands out?
One day that really stands out from my internship was the day we went to Station Square in Pittsburgh to photograph a couple who were celebrating their wedding engagement. We learned about the bride and groom and got some really good pictures.
 
What is the best part of your internship?
I’d have to say the best part of my internship is meeting tons of interesting people and taking pictures that I know they’ll cherish for a really long time.
 
What are the top two things you have learned?
The top two things I learned have been how to maintain websites, and also a better understanding of the inner-workings of a small photography business.
 
Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
I’d recommend this internship to someone who loves photography and multimedia on computers.
 
A quote from you regarding your internship experience?
This has been a fun and educational time.

Patrice Resch - Empire State Building, NYC

Major:  Graphic Communication
 
Internship Placement:  NYC, Empire State Building
 
Your Internship Title: Intern
 
How did you find your internship? Family Friend
 
What are your primary responsibilities/day-to-day activities?
There was never a set schedule as to what I would be doing but I would do anything from mount presentation boards for client presentations, to image research for product labels or assist on photo shoots.
 
Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship.
The food stylist who came to the photo shoots.  She had so many creative ways to make food look real whether we were using the real product or something else. 
 
What one day at work really stands out?  Edy's Ice Cream Photo Shoot
 
What is the best part of your internship?
Everyone at the office was very welcoming and enjoyed any help I could give to them.  I was able to work with a variety of people in the office assisting with different tasks.
 
What are the top two things you have learned?
That the client is always right and commuting to the city is incredibly exhausting.
 
Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
Yes although I learned that the internship I had was slightly different than what I was majoring in at Cal. If I want to go on with a career like my internship I would have to take some design classes whether it was at Cal or the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC past graduation.
 
A quote from you regarding your internship experience?
Like I said earlier, "The client is always right."

Stacy Tomazic - OSD Graphics, Department of Defense, Pentagon

Major:  Graphics & Multimedia
 
Internship Placement:  OSD Graphics, Department of Defense, Pentagon
 
Your Internship Title:  Junior Visual Specialist
 
How did you find your internship?  I was placed here through the Washington Center.
 
What are your primary responsibilities/ day-to day activities?  
I receive various job tickets and follow what it says on those. Generally, I am responsible for mounting signs, applying foam tape or velcro, preparing the files if any editing needs to be done before print, framing photographs and anything else that I am asked to do.
 
Tell me about the most fascinating person you have met during your internship. 
I would have to say the most fascinating person I have met is Al Jones, one of my fellow workers at OSD. He has had so many different jobs and ended up in graphics because he always enjoyed art and took that drawing test you see on commercials.
 
What one day at work really stands out?
One day that stands out is the day that I printed out the 25 photos I had been editing for a good few days and then mounted them and applied velcro to the back for hanging.
 
What is the best part of your internship?
The best part is that I have been given more responsibility as time has gone on and I now receive my own job tickets rather than just working with the other designers.
 
What are the top two things you have learned?
First, I learned that it is definitely best to take things one at a time. I could easily feel overwhelmed at work but once I started a job and finished, I would move onto the next and it felt good to accomplish something. Also, I learned that while every job that comes on my desk, may not be what I would like to do design-wise, it is what the customer wants and needs to be done that way.
 
Would you recommend this internship to someone else?
I would recommend the internship to someone else. However I think I would tell them to try and avoid going through the Washington Center since they are not always organized.
 
A quote from you regarding your internship experience?
There is no need to get stressed out because everything will work out in the end.