Graphic and Media Design Student
I have spent the entire summer working in a museum shop and a music venue to financially recover from a tough year. It was August and I was hopeless with little time and energy to apply to internships. I had received the email from Sarah about Apple and Pentagram internship opportunities so I knew that I had to apply at least for those two. And so I did: on the last night before the deadline, the night before going camping in the woods, I managed to do my portfolio and put together a cover letter. I promised to myself that I would never do that again: risking my dream internship on doing everything last minute (that's what I say to myself at the beginning and end of every term).
In a couple of weeks time, I was going by uber (because my portfolio is in this huge box and I sweat loads, biggest mistake ever) for an interview at Pentagram's office in London. It went well and on my way back home by bus (because I can't afford to not to sweat) I was receiving an offer from the Associate Partner to do an internship with the team, starting in September and lasting 3 months. It was my first time screaming and laughing on the bus and it felt great!
I'm now on my 9th week and the only non-intern task I did so far was to grab twice coffees from around the corner.
My days start busy and end busy. I am on different projects at the same time but never by myself. My team is amazing, we share ideas, we ask for advice, we work together on the same projects and we share snacks every day (very sugary snacks, my favourite).
We are 10: Marina, 2 project managers, 2 associate partners, 2 designers, 1 freelance designer, 1 project manager intern and me. We all work in the same long desk which fascinates me. I listen to every chat between the team members which gives me the opportunity to learn how they communicate between each other, how to run a studio, the financial issues, clients issues, all kind of issues that a studio brings along.
So far I've been challenged every day. From creating proposals to make an exhibition becoming true in 24h. Currently, I am working mainly on the creation of the sign family and choice of materiality for the upcoming Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum. I feel that my responsibilities are getting higher which makes me feel not just an intern.
My best moments so far were:
- Working at Marina's house and having breakfast with the team
- Giving a presentation about my work to the team, called Team Breakfast
- Having free lunch every day at Pentagram where you can meet the designers from different teams
- Going to the pub next door every Friday nights with the entire office
- Being present on a client's meeting
- Being in the same office as all the Pentagram's partners
- Receiving hugs from Marina
- The feeling when the client approves the work you did
- Having private talks from well-known designers at lunchtime
- Basically, the entire interning experience has been amazing
Also, what was going to be just a 3 months internship, was extended for 7 months last week!
So my plans are: staying at Pentagram until the end of April while having weekend jobs, going backpacking for a month in Indonesia, then trying to find a place in Europe for 3 months. Wish me luck.