Hello! Today marked the start of my 6th week as a design intern at Maiden Media Group, located in Old City Philadelphia. If you haven’t read my previous post, Maiden Media Group is a smaller digital media agency who works with clients all over the globe. In this post, I’d like to discuss the benefit of interning at a smaller agency and the idea that you dont necessarily have to be stuck with the role of the position title on your job description.

One of the many benefits of interning at a small agency is that everyone is constantly involved and in the know. Because there aren’t tons of individuals at Maiden Media Group, everyone works together and has fun together. Just because my internship title falls under the design category, it doesn’t mean that I don’t get to partake in exciting activities outside my Adobe CS5 bubble. For example, today I was fortunate enough to partake in a juice tasting test with several members of the Maiden gang! Everyone gathered in the conference room and tried all different types of juice, so that we could see where our client’s juice stands against competitor juice brands. Not only was this activity a great break from interactive design work, but also it let me participate in the foundation process of branding in the tastiest way possible! I mean seriously, how often does the average person get to partake in a juice tasting test!

In a larger agency, I probably wouldn’t be given the opportunity to get involved with projects other than digital design work. However, Maiden Media Group keeps me on my toes. Even though I truly enjoy design work, there’s always something special about physically going out and getting something for a project or doing something more than just design on a computer. Even if there is no reason for you to physically act on a project, sometimes there are other small tasks that you can work on that are also offline. For example, one of my bosses remembers that I like to illustrate, so whenever there is an opportunity to add an illustration to a project, he lets me know. It is important to let others know of your strengths and weaknesses so that they can assign you to something that you will be confident and comfortable completing.

Working in a smaller agency has many benefits that I never would have known if it wasn’t for interning at Maiden Media Group. In addition to everyone getting to know each other more easily, a small agency offers a togetherness vibe that appeals to the client as well as the entire team.