Expected Graduation Date: May 2014
Major: Visual Arts
Employer: Image Marketing Consultants
Internship Title: Graphic Designer
Colleen, visual arts major at Eastern, completed a co-op at Image Marketing over the course of the fall 2013 semester. Though no internship is required for her major, Colleen took it upon herself to complete one for the sake of making connections and building her portfolio.
Colleen found her co-op position by reaching out to her friend, Shannon Kearney, who happened to be an Eastern alumna and graphic designer for a company called Image Marketing Solutions. After seeing a picture on Facebook of a project Shannon had completed, Colleen commented on it and landed a job with her friend.
During Colleen’s time at Image Marketing, she helped Shannon by creating approximately 40 advertisements for Southington’s Chamber of Commerce book. She also designed invitations for various companies. This was a great opportunity for Colleen because she was able to gain experience as a graphic designer, a career she aspires to take on full-time after graduation.
Colleen’s advice for future interns is to reach out to friends who have graduated and are in the workforce, just like she did. By simply commenting on her friend Shannon’s picture, she was offered an interview and a job within two week’s time. Colleen says to “stay in touch, and stay friendly,” and success will be that much easier to achieve.
Story submitted by Francisco Bravo
Expected Graduation Date: December 2013
Major: Visual Arts: Digital Art & Design
Employer: The Visual Arts Department of Eastern Connecticut State University
Internship Title: Marketing Intern
Melissa is a Visual Arts major completing an internship this semester here at Eastern Connecticut State University’s Visual Arts Department. Though her major does not require an internship, Melissa knew an internship will help her get a job after graduating.
Her responsibilities at her co-op include promoting the Visual Arts Department of ECSU to high school teachers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She will be going to college fairs to speak to students interested in studying art history, game design, digital art, sculpture, costuming and fashion design, painting and drawing, and printmaking. Melissa also updates the Visual Arts department’s website and makes promotional flyers.
Melissa’s internship has helped her gain the skills to conduct thorough research, reach out to community leaders, interact and work with industry professionals and advertising skills using advanced software. Melissa’s internship relates to her career goals because she would someday like a career in advertising, designing promotional materials for companies, small businesses, and organizations.
The advice Melissa would give to students is to try and build amicable, professional relationships with faculty members and professors on campus. She says that not only do they have experience but they have a network that can help open doors for you. “If you have a good bond with a professor, and they see you have good work ethic in your field, they will be more inclined to notify you of internships and job opportunities.”
Story by: Morgan Gerardi
Expected Graduation Date: May 2014
Major: Visual Arts (Graphic Design and Photography)
Employer: New London Main Street
Position Title: Graphic Design Intern
Sometimes, you have to chase after that dream internship and it can take months (or maybe a couple of years) to get a hold of it. Other times, that dream internship is right under your nose and jumps out when you least expect it. Rebecca Ingoglia’s, a junior studying Graphic Design, was just like the latter. While Rebecca was completing her Graphic Design II course, her professor informed the class about an internship available with New London Main Street. Seeing an opportunity, Rebecca went out on a limb and applied and was met with great success.
Over the summer she completed her Graphic Design internship with New London Main Street, a non-profit whose goal is to revitalize New London’s downtown. While there, she did basic office work along with the work in her given field. She designed website banners, ‘Thank You’ cards, name tags for business meetings, and even went as far as taking pictures of New London and interviewing the owner’s of new businesses. Using this work experience, Rebecca says she learned a lot about working in an office setting and how to operate under stress. In addition, she also learned how the real world works in the Graphic Design field, an insight that is important if you’re looking to succeed.
Rebecca’s advice to the prospective intern is quite simply to “find what you’re actually interested in.” The most valuable experience you’ll get is doing something you enjoy, so don’t settle for less than what you’re looking for. She also emphasizes to “do your research”. Know who it is you’re looking for and know about the businesses you’re looking at. It’s as simple as that.
Story by Alexandra Remy