Reflecting on the importance of internships
Our specialist, digital/strategy Nick had the opportunity to intern here for three semesters before joining our team full-time. How did his experience influence where he is now? He tells all in this Q&A with our Content Team.
Nick, tell us about your current role.
In my role as specialist, digital/strategy, I help our digital team with competitive market analysis, site strategy development and the management of digital projects for our client partners. A normal day includes curating content like social graphics, working with client partners in different time zones, managing copywriters and insights professionals and pulling site analytics.
You originally started your undergraduate degree at Roger Williams University as an engineering major, but later switched to graphic design and web development. What shaped that decision?
I visited (add)ventures during my sophomore year to learn more about the real day-to-day role of a graphic designer – I was interested in the field but definitely wanted to know more. I shadowed lots of team members that day (many whom I work closely with now) and, after such a positive experience, I decided to switch my major to graphic design and web development.
And then you came back! Your first two internships were with our design team, but during your third semester you dabbled on the digital team too. What were those experiences like?
In the summer of my junior year, I worked alongside the design team on a variety of print projects. I learned foundational design systems, processes and about our client partners. Later in my senior year, that familiarity allowed me to move past learning curves quickly in my internship with the digital team. My entire experience built the foundation for my current role and equipped me with the tools needed to really master digital content management. Plus, understanding how our teams collaborate on projects made working with different disciplines easy and intuitive.
Why was your internship here different from other opportunities in graphic design and web development?
Interning at a multidisciplinary firm gave me opportunities to gain exposure and experience in more than just one field, and allowed me to identify and understand my strengths and interests. That was huge. Working with a lot of different teams also helped me learn how I do my best work. To me that’s priceless.