Not an Advertising Internship at Famehouse

The end of summer was a struggle before the beginning of my final fall semester at Temple University. I began applying for internships a little late in the game and felt pressure from all angles to make a decision on where to work. I saw a post that Famehouse was looking for a graphic design intern, and being an advertising student I assumed I would not necessarily get the position because there are plenty of other people with more qualifications. I decided to apply nonetheless.

My first interview was on the phone with the Creative Services Manager. He asked me why I wanted to work at Famehouse, what I knew about the organization, and why should they hire me. I was feeling particularly honest on that day so my answers were blunt as could be. I said I wanted to work as Famehouse because it seemed interesting, I said I did not know much about the organization, and said they should hire me because I like learning new things. I made it somewhat clear that I was a “self-taught” graphic designer with minimal professional training. I sent over a few examples of my work, my Behance link and a brief synopsis of my involvement in the music scene of Philadelphia-not expecting a response. After a few days I was asked to come in for a face-to-face interview.

The office is in a new location, the walls are a combination of gold and off-white with black scattered furniture. The theme is modern/new-age with a fully stocked kitchen, photography studios and Mac computers on every desk.

Famehouse is a digital marketing strategy organization geared towards electronic dance music, but not limited to that. They are involved in festivals nationwide and even internationally. They do work for clients such as Eminem, Pearl Jam, DJ Tiesto and Pretty Lights. Some of the work involves updating social media sites, creating videos and websites for clients, amongst other things.

I work a few days a week on various projects. Sometimes it is simple editing of photos or changing image dimensions, and sometimes I get to create initial designs for clients.

It has been exciting and fun and I’ve been learning a lot about graphic design, office life, and about a part of the music world I never took the chance to explore.

4 Comments

  1. Hey Ania, I like how honest your post was because I think everyone can relate to the “not feeling like you qualify more than others” feeling when applying for internships. Famehouse sounds like an awesome place and I love agencies that have a modern feel like that. Getting a “non-advertising” internship is something that will set you apart and give you more of a range of knowledge. You never know where it will lead you, and maybe you’ll chose to stay at a place like that.

  2. Hi Ania! I can relate to your post soooo much! I’m experiencing a “non-advertising” internship this semester as well and it’s been working out so well. It’s obvious in your post but I just wanted to bring it up again but interning somewhere other than an agency will give you more experience than you thought. The company that I work for has connections to lots of restaurateurs and these connections have now extended to me. I’ve always wanted to work in restaurant marketing and never realized that this internship would open so many doors.

  3. I felt that same way when I was applying, that I wasn’t qualified. It’s nice to feel like I’m not alone in that.

    I’m glad it worked out for you and that you’ve learned a lot!

  4. I have heard great things about interning at Fame House! I’m glad to see that you had a positive experience there and that you took a chance when applying. I think that this quality is important to businesses when considering interns- whether or not they will take risks and go outside of their comfort level.

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