First Name
Last Name

Katelyn Hawton

Design and Imaging Technology

Graphic Design Intern

Photo of Kate Hawton, young woman with long brown hair over her shoulder smiling and holding notebook.

Where is your hometown?
Trabuco Canyon, CA

What is your degree program?
Design and Imaging Technology - AAS

What is your graduation date from RIT/NTID?

Where is your place of employment?
Bay Cities

What is your job title?
Graphic Design Intern

What are your work responsibilities?
My work responsibilities include editing media products to make it clean and ready for social media, modifying backgrounds to ensure that media is clean and easy to look at, adding shadows and other effects to make our media 3-Dimensional, and creating sample designs for demonstrations.

How does your career relate to your degree from RIT/NTID?
This co-op related to my degree from RIT/NTID by helping me learn more about Photoshop and helping me understand what it is like to be in the job field as a graphic designer.

Do you have any advice for any current students attending RIT/NTID?
My advice for the students who are in the design program is to be open to feedback. Professors and instructors are there to help you improve your design skills. Don't be afraid to ask around for feedback on your design work; they will be happy to give some feedback to help you learn.

My advice for students in RIT/NTID is to communicate clearly. It is very easy to harm a good relationship in communication with a person from rude comments, gossip, blames, and assumptions. It is very important to stay positive when we are going through dark times. Be humble and kind. Having patience is a good thing when it comes to all topics; like money issues, not having your own transportation, and other things, because if you rush so much then you won't be able to enjoy the things you love in life. That is why I wear my turtle necklace because it meant patience to me like patience with my drawing skills to improve at a persistent motivation, self-care, and family reasons. Patience will take you far in the long run.