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Danielle Collins ’17

Major(s)

English/Graphic Design

Hometown

Lake Zurich, Ill.

Name of Business/Organization

Remy Bumppo Theatre Company

Internship Position

Graphic Design Intern

Give three words that sum up your internship experience.

Constructive, Rewarding, Theatrical

How did you learn about your internship?

“When I was applying to different companies last spring, Carolynn Friesch in Career Services put me in touch with my now-supervisor. I applied, interviewed, and was accepted.”

Describe your internship.

“I design advertisements for theatre-related programs. These ads are featured on Remy Bumppo’s Facebook page, in their e-newsletter, or displayed at the Greenhouse Theatre before performances.”

What do you enjoy most about your internship? What are some of the challenges?

“I have the opportunity every day to apply the skills I have learned in class to projects that are seen by an actual audience in Chicago. Because the work I do reflects how people view Remy Bumppo, I’m pushed to do my best work with every project. I’d say the one challenge of my internship is working on projects that are not very exciting. It’s sort of a trade off though. I work on some boring, housekeeping-type projects, and then I get to design really cool flyers for fun events that are going on with the theatre.”

How does your internship fit with your long-term career goals?

“I know that I love working on graphic design, but I’m still not sure what I want to do with design in the world. My internship with Remy Bumppo is exposing me to one section of the vast variety of jobs I can have in that field  and after this semester I’ll have a better understanding of where my interests may or may not lie.”

During your internship search, how did you make yourself stand out to employers?

“I was very honest and genuine about who I am and what I wanted to do in my applications, on my resume, and during my interview. I also have been making sure that I have plenty of experiences in the world of graphic design that I can use on my resume as well as in my portfolio.”

What did you find to be the most helpful during your internship search process?

“I definitely took advantage of the Career Services Office. Carolynn Friesch was a key component in helping me find a good fit for my internship.”

Do you have any tips to share with other students about your experience?

“I have learned just as much in class as I have out of class participating in programs that relate to both of my majors. I would definitely suggest finding either an internship or an extracurricular that lets you practice out of class what you are learning in class. I personally want to have as much experience in my field as I can before I join the professional world, so I’m always looking for opportunities to design.”

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