International Education

Being an Intern

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my time in Italy will be spent interning with a design studio in Genoa. Having met my bosses already and working a bit in the studio office, I can already tell that this is going to be a great experience. I'll be helping to promote a short animated film (that I may get to talk about more in-depth later on), and getting to see how a real design studio works from the inside.

Being a part of this great experience has made me realize that I have never had a job I didn't like. I've worked at summer camps, I've been a technician, an assistant, a mentor, and I have never once held a position that I didn't genuinely enjoy. I don't often come across people who can say the same. So it made me wonder if I'm just lucky, or if there's something inherent to the way I've approached work and finding jobs and internships that helps.

I've narrowed it down to 3 basic principles:

Work for people that you respect and who respect you.

The nicest thing about all of the places I've worked at is being under the supervision of people who value my input. There's nothing that makes you put your best foot forward more than being treated like your contributions matter. It's great to work with people who treat me like I have a lot to offer even though they know I have a lot to learn as well.

Ask yourself what your objective is.

Do you want to learn a few new skills? Are you hoping the position will lead to full time work? Do you want to work under an expert or someone with a lot of industry experience? My objective with each position I take on is to acquire or refine a new skill while also utilizing some that I already have. In this case, I want to expand my technical design skills while capitalizing on the PR work I already know how to do.

Be genuine.

Part of the standard interview process is discussing why you want to work at wherever you're applying. Be honest and state your objectives. If you can't think of a sincere response to the question "Why do you want to work here?" then maybe you don't actually want to work there. If you have to put on a face just to get through the day, you're probably not where you should be.

I'm really excited to work for ARTEPRIMA. The studio does a lot of great work for the city of Genoa, and it's making me think more about the global possibilities of my education. Whose to say my future isn't in Europe after all?