Hello. I’d like to introduce myself as Erin, one of the new btrax interns. Lisa asked me to write about my internship experience up to this point, to which I will gladly oblige. But to understand my point of view on my btrax internship experience, I want to tell you a little bit about my work history.
I’ve worked at two other internships within the two years, both for print media, but I’ve never had the opportunity to intern for a web agency. Initially I wanted to begin my career in website design and HTML/CSS coding, but I slowly gravitated towards print design, as the concepts for me felt a little easier to grasp at that moment. After my second internship I felt that I wanted to come back into web design since, in the long run, I didn’t want to forget everything I learned about web design and coding.
I started working at btrax a little over a month ago, shortly before Thanksgiving, and the experience has been nothing short of amazing. What may seem like mundane work to some people is actually very eye-opening to me, as in my past two internships I’ve only worked as a lone in-house design intern at a university organization and a small business, respectively. Outside of classroom assignments I’ve never worked with a team to complete a project, and so far I’ve learned something new about designing for every day I’ve worked here.
After that first project, I felt I accomplished something great by allowing the designers to work on the more important parts of the project while I took care of the smaller time-consuming tasks. Web design called to me once again, and I could not resist this time; I’ve finally found my design comfort zone. While web and print design both have their pros and cons, I felt more accomplished working on a small part of a website than I did with, say, a large poster or a set of flyers for a given event. This isn’t to say that I don’t love creating print advertising materials, but in the long run I am more motivated to work on web design than on print design.
I continue to be thankful that I am an intern at btrax; this internship feeds my hunger for knowledge about corporate web design and branding. Before this I had trouble envisioning and designing on a corporate level; I can safely say that now that I’m learning to tune my style to corporate, professional websites and their respective branding systems. It is mentally exhausting at times to work on a project, but at the end of the day I always go home satisfied with what I’ve done at btrax.
For those who wished instead to skim my entry, the faces on the oranges are (more or less) how i feel when i come to work for btrax every day. 😀