Expectations vs Realities: Starting my Internship

Hey everyone, it’s me, Justin! The newest addition to The Artoholiks internship program (or Space Camp, as we call it)! Let’s talk about that.

Starting an internship is interesting. You never know what to expect. “Intern” has so many meanings that as a job title it’s become almost meaningless. We all know someone whose entire internship was getting coffee and doing small menial tasks under the guise of “experience.” The other side of the spectrum is being mentored by your supervisor and doing work that interests you and learning a lot along the way.

But you never know how it’s gonna go! Some design internships consist of being handed last year’s projects and being told to make an updated version for this year. While you will still learn a lot along the way, its not the super creative endeavor you might hope for.

Expectation: A smile and a handshake upon walking in.
Reality: A welcome sign! (and those other things too!)

So going into the Artoholiks I expected something along those lines. I expected to be making stuff that wasn’t super interesting to me. I expected that my interactions with the rest of the team would be mostly about work. I expected feeling hurried to eat my lunch quickly so I could get back to work.

What I did not expect was being so heavily involved with the entire design process. Being asked to update the newsletter was a job I expected. Being asked to give it a redesign from the ground up was an unexpected, but greatly appreciated, challenge. (Be sure to sign up for the newsletter by the way so you can check it out later this month!). I was not expecting to be invited to meetings with important clients. I was not expecting I would be asked for my thoughts, feedback and critiques so quickly.

Expectation: working on my laptop in the corner.
Reality: This sweet setup with a second monitor and a graphics tablet! And a little welcome bag to take home!

I feel like the biggest fear someone may have about starting any new job, or joining a new team of any kind, is not feeling like you are an important part of the team. I have never felt so welcomed and important at a job or internship than I have this past month, and that makes me so excited for the months ahead.