Hi! My name is Serina, I’m currently a graphic design intern at the performance arts organization, FringeArts. As an intern, I typically work on creating web and print design materials, including posters, maps, ads, and playbills. Before I came to work at FringeArts, I had very little experience working in a design and marketing department. My internships and jobs before this were not related to graphic design or advertising, so this was completely new territory for me.

While I’ve been working here, I have started to get much more comfortable communicating with different department heads and even with different printing vendors. One of my main goals coming into this internship was to become confident when presenting my design ideas to senior staff members and to be able to articulately communicate with outside vendors. Fortunately, I have been able to move towards accomplishing these goals. I mentioned to my boss the different skills I hoped to leave this internship with and she gave me the opportunities to present my ideas and handle the print communications for a festival. I was so happy that I decided to tell her what I hoped to get out of this internship since she really helped me achieve these goals.

Since this opportunity, I have felt much more comfortable and confident when communicating with my coworkers and finding different ways to ask for advice and receive critiques. At first, it felt very awkward and scary to ask my boss what I needed to change for design projects, but the unease and discomfort I felt before has dissipated since I’ve gained more experience.

In the future, I hope to have more of the same opportunities and continue to learn from my coworkers.