Read what our BFA alumni had to say about their internship experiences and how they benefited from them.
Internships will allow you to get hand-on experience in the field of your choice, use your current skills and learn new ones that are highly coveted in today's job market.
Read the testimonials from our alumni and learn about the importance of internships, how they lead to a job and/or further progression in your career as an artist and/or creative professional.
Jenna interned during her senior year at Smudge Ink, a letter press studio in Charlestown, MA, where she designed and organized presentation boards for potential clients, curated their Pinterest social media account, and packaged paper products that were sold locally at Black Ink in Harvard Square.
Her experience at Smudge Ink contributed to her understanding of the connection between the product, the packaging, and the marketing of a business. With this added experience she was able to land a job at Hasbro Inc. upon graduation as a Comp Artist specializing in toy packaging for retailers such as Walmart.
Alex interned at The Boston Group as an advertising production artist in the summer of 2010. While interning, Alex learned how a corporate design agency works while simultaneously solidifying his technical skills with the standard suite of graphic design software.
After his internship ended he freelanced until a friend, whom he met during his internship at the Boston Group, got him a job interview. The interview turned into his first job at Dickinson Lab where he stayed for over a year.
With his experience as an intern at The Boston Group and a young professional at Dickinson Lab, he worked collaboratively with a fellow classmate under the name Bending Brick Studios. The partnership successfully landed design gigs in Boston's thriving hospitality industry, far exceeding their own expectations.
Alex credits his internship, entrepreneurial venture and his professional experience with aiding the move to his current position as an Interactive Designer at Overdrive Interactive.
Tegan Harmonay interned at DigBoston for 6 months, where she obtained hands-on experience color correcting photos, making spot illustrations, laying out type, and editing/creating ads. She also worked under the Art Director and made a very important professional connection through that experience.
After completing the internship Tegan continued to obtain freelance design work while working part time as a barista at Bees Knees Supply Co. to make ends meet. Almost a year later, DigBoston offered Harmonay a full-time job as a graphic designer which she accepted. Tegan attributes the job offer to her work ethic and experience as well as the connections she made during her internship at DigBoston.
Chris Chew Interned at John Kramer Designs in Malden, MA, and Interrobang Letterpress in Jamaica Plain, MA.
While interning at John Kramer Designs, Chris was able to form professional habits in terms of the design process and interaction with clients.
At Interrobang Letterpress, he was exposed to traditional typesetting with lead type and the use of printing on a letterpress. This exposure strengthened his typography skills and attention to detail, which are both requirements for designers.
When Chris started to attend job interviews, he was able to articulate the value of his internships. He did this by demonstrating his ability to engage clients and translate esoteric technical terms into more simplified terms for non-designers.
Chris is currently on a contract position at George P. Johnson in downtown Boston editing large scale signage and banners for corporate trade shows and events.
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