The Internship Blog@Naz is an opportunity for second semester interns to reflect on their experiences at their internship sites. Please feel free to follow current students through their internship adventure or read about past interns below! For more information about the Internship Program at Nazareth College, please visit http://www.naz.edu/internships or contact Director of Internships, Emily Carpenter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Today is my final day at my fall internship here at Messenger Post Media in Canandaigua. I will miss my co-workers, my cublicle, the beautiful drive, and most importantly, the work I have conducted here and have been plugging away at throughout the semester.
There are so many new skills and techniques I have learned from these people and the projects I have been working on. I think the biggest thing I will take away from this experience is the real world aspect of how a comany and its employees really work.
On our site visit today, where my supervisior and I explored the company grounds and what we do here at MPM, was really intriguing to our (Naz's) Comm/Rhet director. It was light but educational, just like the atmosphere here. I shared what I had learned here, what I will take away from this experience and how can I help future interns be better prepared for internships as well as jobs.
I explained that I was extremely well prepared by Nazareth. I had known all of the programs the design department works in, I was able to use a bit of technical writing on the job as well as tie in my PR, marketing and advertising while designing and constructing promos and advertisements.
I am so thankful to have been able to work at such a great establishment with wonderfully helpful co-workers. I encourage all students to take the time to involve yourself in more than one internship if your schedule permits. By interning over the summer and this fall, I was able to utilize both skills to create great work.
I am eager now more than ever to start my new life as a graduate of Nazareth College and be confident in the career choices I make. Interning is a brilliant way to utilize and grow your skills and tools to shape you into the best employee you can be.
What a beautiful day today. Warm fall, sunny days always put you in the best mood the second you step out your door. Today is a positive day filled with ambition and dedication to get my work done. My supervisor had reminded me this morning that this was my second to last day here at MPM. Holy cow, where did the time go?
I set a goal for myself today: tie up all the odds and ends you've started but have not finished yet. I finally got the verbiage for the JFK promo I had mentioned a few weeks ago, and I also recieved the OK to start placing verbiage in the Beatles promo as well. It's exciting to see your work in its final stages.
I want to make sure that all of my work is perfect not only to make the company look good, but myself as well. I gradutae in December, so these projects have been working as portfolio pieces for me. Yikes! I am so glad that I have chosen MPM as my internship because I have met some great people and have learned a lot about the graphic design lifestyle.
Today has been a fun and productive day so far. A lot of work was given to me and I'm so excited to get started. Not to mention, I got to my desk and there layed my promo published in this weeks newspaper!
Hard work and dedication keeps me eager and hungry to suceed. Eventhough this is just an internship, I keep telling myself to treat it as a real job. I think with that in mind, I try to put as much quality in a project as I can. I say "as much" because sometimes a dealine is urgent whereas some project I have quite more time to produce my final product.
Time is flying this semster, and looking back at when I first came to Messenger Post Media, I can honestly say I have learned and grown from this experience. My time here is concluding; I only have two more weeks here, so I am trying to make it count. I am eager to finish all of the assigned projects to me before I leave here.
To do so, I have been working a lot from home and sending emails back and forth with my supervisor to check in and see if I am on the right track. Though this is unnecessary, I believe this sort of behavior, commitment and attitude will lead to a successful future, hopefully.
A Monday with a big to due list! Normally, a lot of work is overwhelming and scary, but this is why I know I am following the right path for me, because I don't mind the work! Perhaps it's different for me because I love art and creating things, but I was so excited when new projects were assignment to me this morning while meeting with my supervisor. They weren't explicitly mentioned as to what specific stories or promos I will be desiging, but I am excited for the future.
Usually, my supervisor will give me a tid-bit on atleast new words or ideas about upcoming designs I will be working on, so right now, I am working on a "fire" story. Working with "flames" and statistics was all I was let in on, it's kind of exciting not knowing. I was told that the more simplisitoic the design is, the better (which I'm assuming is why the less information about the article, the better).
An internship isn't just about specifically what you were hired for. Yes, I'm here for graphic design, but explore your options, your peers want you to succeed. Don't be afraid to ask questions about something outside your job description.
Today, while meeting with my supervisor about old and new projects I had mentioned all of the freelance emails I have been receiving for web design. Through old employees and my own connections, many people have been asking for my help in developing websites for their companies.
Though I am flattered that my name is being thrown around, my major only required me to take one web design class. My passed internship this summer allowed me to work along with them on some web projects, but nothing I completely had done on my own. So now what?
Remembering my supervisor has a degree in technical writing and design of some sort, I figured it would be worth a shot to ask his advice on what I should do: do I tell these potential clients I'm not well-equipped enough or just 'wing' it.
My supervisor was enthusiastic I asked where he continued to show me websites for grab free templates, websites that don't require rigorous coding and his own personal and professional websites he has created for himself.
No question is a stupid question. Be bold and ask, you never know the information or suggestions you may obtain.
Today is a rainy Monday morning; so naturally, it is a slow day. I finished my week last Wednesday with a meeting with my supervisor. We went over a few of my designs. Everything was approved, but this morning there were no new projects for me to work on.
My supervisor wasn't in when I arrived to work this morning so I took it upon myself to touch up my designs I worked on last week. As my supervisor passed my cubicle, I called him in to see what he thought. He really appreciated and was impressed that I took the time to enhance the designs. Hopefully he recognizes my work ethic and will to please the company as well as the client.
Little changes can always be make to your work. Once you take a break and come back to it, you can most often see your work in a different light. Sometimes looking at your designs or papers with fresh eyes helps you to see them with a new perspective.
Isn't it exciting when you get rewarded at work? I have only been at Messenger Post Media as a graphic design intern and have had small projects to work on. Though they are small, I take my job here seriously.
Last week I started a very vague project I had mentioned in the blog post before. From my understanding, the newspaper wants to promote a small retail column in the Daily Messenger about new subcriptions on your computer.
I had a few running ideas where I sketched out some examples and then worked off of those ideas on the computer. I was really only happy with two designs. This morning I had a meeting with my supervisor to go over the projects I've been working on. He loved my idea for the promo. A few small tweaks here and there and then it will be sent off to the paper!
It may sound juvenile or insignificant to others, but it will be my very first published piece of work! This goes to show that eventhough you may be new to something, if you work hard enough and have a passion for something, you will be rewarded, even if it's in a small way.
It's a slow day already at MPM. Though I have many projects to work on for the design team, my internship is linked to the news room as well. Though I am not writing or editing anything, my job is to work together with the news team to design promotional images for their stories.
So what does this have to do with a slow day? Working with a team is great; you get to brainstorm off of one another and meet a lot of people, but, sometimes you have days like today where your waiting on someone (it's not their fault, they're busy, these projects I'm working on are ongoing pieces). For me, I have already designed the promo for the JFK 50th Anniversary story they are running in the near future, but I need the information in order to finish my job.
No big deal, I'll just start another project! What happens when you finish your design work on the second project, but you are waiting for information to be sent your way? Ask for something else to do of course. Today, I asked my supervisor what I could work on for the time being, so I started to brainstorm and research ideas for an upcoming promo for the newspaper being delivered in your inbox, not just to your mailbox!
Many sketches, written ideas and some proofs of design in Illustrator later and I'm still struggling with the slow day blues. Linkedin is a great way to fill your time because it is productive for you and the company. I updated my Linkedin profile so that people know where I am interning now, I made new work connections and now follow MPM. Linkedin is extremely important, especially for networking.
This is just a little advice on how to speed up a slow day by being productive, not lazy. Don't give in to other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc, build yourself up. Work on things that are due in the future and do things to promote your company. This is just one way I hope to be noticed as an intern.
This week at my internship taught me a great lesson: You're not always going to design and create things that are totally your style.
Sometimes, actually, most of the time, you have a set of standards and criteria that needs to be met for a specific project.
This week I had to design a cover photo for a headlining story in this weeks issued newspaper. The story was in short about policemen
falling short in staff because of budget cuts. The client gave me a very open ended task, "complete a design about policemen."
Well, thats easy enough, right?
As the author of the story, my supervisor and I sketched out and brainstormed an array of ideas, I was finally able to go to
my desk and begin the design process. Throughout the process I felt a little lost because the task was so broad, but instead
of asking more questions, I just continued to design the ideas we came up with. By the end of the day, I had about five pieces
or ideas for the story designed in full. When I showed my supervisor, though he personally liked them, we have to
tweak for the client.
What we came up with was awesome! We collaborated and designed a great and intriguing representation of the story, or so we thought.
When I returned the next week, my supervisor had told me that the client didn't like our design because it wasn't "obvious" enough
for the reader.
Though we were frustrated and had to design something more viewer friendly and stereotypical, I had to remind myself that this is the business. We aren't designing or producing products and services for ourselves and what we like, but for our client.
That was an extremely important lesson for me. I love designing because I can help other people out and make their idea, story or product come to life as they envisioned it!
Congratulations, you’ve earned it! After a long process of applying, revamping your resume and making your cover letter memorable and irresistible, you have finally landed
My name is Steph, a soon to be graduated senior from Nazareth College. It’s been quite the journey to get to this point, but here we are, our last few months as college students.
Originally, I was a student at University of New England as a dental hygiene major. After
two grueling years, I transferred to Naz to pursue my passion, visual communication and
design. My major is Communications & Rhetoric with a minor in Graphic Design, which
is so much better than picking lunch out of people’s teeth all day!
This is my second internship this year. Over the summer I spent eight weeks at an
advertising and design firm in Syracuse, NY. Now, I am proud to say that I am a graphic
design intern at the local newspaper, Messenger Post Media in Canandaigua. What
caught my attention about this internship was it’s fast paced work environment. Because
MPM publishes weekly, I will have plenty advertisements and promos to keep me busy!
The newspaper publishes 11 local suburban focused weekly newspapers for the greater
Rochester area as well as the Daily Messenger, an Ontario County paper. MPM is a
young and fun weekly paper that offers local, national and even world events, sports, and
During my time here as an intern, I plan to use this as a learning experience, but also treat it as a job. Now that my job description doesn’t involve delivering coffee, I am up to a big challenge: How will I leave my mark?
My goal is to prove my intelligence and 'designerly' skills, be a go getter, a team player,
and capitalize on the opportunity to meet as many people as possible (network, network,
network). These goals will not only allow me to amp up my portfolio, gain me an array of
experience, have a growing circle of mentors and friends but will allow me to get a leg up on my future career path or maybe even a job!