Graphic Design Internships: Here’s What You Should Know

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Going into a field like graphic design usually means that you’ll have your share of internships before you land your first full time gig as a professional graphic designer. You will undoubtedly have some internships that happen while you’re in school, and there will most likely be some post graduate (hopefully paid) internships as well. No matter when the internship is taking place, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when considering, and ultimately working any design internship.

1. Go to as many networking events as possible

Whether you’re in the middle of your internship hunt or fully engulfed in your intern duties, make sure to take advantage of all of the meet-and-greets and “networking” events that your school and/or job puts on. Those are great places to meet accomplished designers, and people who could get you your next gig. It’s important to start building up a professional network as soon as possible.

2. Maintain a sleek, simple portfolio

The design director of DesignStudio, Richard Lyons has been quoted saying “I would be instantly sold by a microsite that lists your top five projects, a bit about yourself, your contact details and application intention that is all tailored to DesignStudio.”.

So keep it simple. Make sure you create work that you are proud of, and allow your portfolio to do the talking for you.

3. Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Sold Short

Try to avoid taking unpaid internships; most respectable creative agencies pay at least minimum wage. Try to get a contract if possible, and make sure that you’re not being taken advantage of. Your work is valuable and you should be compensated appropriately.

4. Get as much experience as possible.

Try to avoid ever taking on the mindset of “Well, I’m just the intern.”  Volunteer for as much as work as you can handle and try your hand at different types of projects. Your internship is supposed to be a time of gaining experience and knowledge, so take advantage of the opportunity you’ve been provided.


To see the article on Creative Bloq that inspired this post, click here.