Creative Internship FAQ WHY THE AVAILABILITY SPECIFICATIONS?
We do acknowledge the need to be flexible with each student on an individual basis and we commit to doing that. We would not turn down a qualified student if they could only work 18 hours each week. However, 20 hours is the optimal timeframe for them to be productive as part of our system flow and benefit our department. We have tried a design intern at 10-12 hours a week and it was unsuccessful for they and us.
Working in blocks of time less than 4 hours is unproductive. We have found that P/T interns being present and focused for 4+ consecutive hours will ensure they are able to accomplish the necessary tasks and work well within our processes. When those blocks of time are scheduled is where we can be flexible with each student.
DOES THE INTERN NEED TO WORK EVERY DAY (M-F) OF THE WEEK?
No. If an intern can work 6-8 hours on Monday, but is unable to work any hours on Tuesday, for example, we understand and will work with them to plan a weekly schedule that ensures their success with us, balanced with their course work.
WILL DESIGN PROJECTS REQUIRE “AFTER HOURS” TIME FROM THE INTERN?
No. Projects will be assigned based on their skill level and in-office capacity. Company policy does not permit them to take company project files home. Any “after hours” opportunities will be in-office, overseen by a design lead, and optional for our intern(s).
WILL THE STUDENT GET TO WORK ON ANY “GLAMOROUS” PROJECTS (LIKE A HARMONS GROCERY)?
Possibly. This will depend on the current projects underway in the department, the capacity of the intern, and the skills they demonstrate.
The “Level 1 projects” may sound simple and basic, but they will ensure good foundations are built as the intern learns our company system flow.
All projects are important to someone – or else, the customer/client would not have put in a design request. If the intern shows care and dedication to their craft with the “smaller” items, we can trust them with larger projects. As the intern proves they can progress to Level 2 and 3 projects – there will be more opportunity for “glamour.” ;)
HOW STRESSFUL WILL THIS INTERNSHIP BE FOR A DESIGN STUDENT?
We hope that there is just enough good stress the intern will benefit from the experience and find they have grown and matured by being a part of our creative team. Interns will be responsible for accomplishing their assigned tasks and learning the company system flow. Expectations will be aligned with each student’s capabilities and skill levels. We want each intern to be challenged enough that they enjoy their successes and feel accomplishment upon completion of the internship.
WILL THERE BE ANY INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH JUST DECORWORX DOING COMMERCIAL RETAIL DESIGN?
Yes! We are planning an internship opportunity for Junior and Senior students that focuses just on retail décor design. This internship will be F/T during the summer track only. Because of the size of our retail design projects and the amount of details, steps, and attention they need, we have found this to be the best way to introduce a student to this advanced level of work.
WHAT OTHER CREATIVE INTERNSHIPS MIGHT BE OFFERED IN THE FUTURE?
“Rainbow Sign and Design” (Local Projects) Design Branding Design (Internal & Client-based) “Decorworx” Commercial Retail Design
As our studio grows, we will continue to look for opportunities to share work experiences with students in creative fields such as web design, video/motion graphics, photography, etc.