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