Internship Diary: Thrivin’ & Survivin’

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This past year and a half has been a whirl wind of change and growth. From an unexpected pandemic to new opportunities, I definitely didn’t think that I would be where I am now. Working at PATTERN has been a great experience for me. When I first started this internship, I was nervous about getting to know everyone and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to meet the expectations that I had created for myself, but when I walked in on the first day, I realized that I wasn’t alone in this and that all the other interns were probably feeling just as anxious as me. We all quickly learned that we could rely on each other, not only with helping around the office and on projects, but also whenever we needed a good laugh. We also had the support of the PATTERN fellows and Polina to help guide us towards our interests and push us to improve our skills. 

Coming into this internship, my main goal was to grow as a designer, but also to build connections with fellow creatives. I am happy to say that, despite not being able to partake in as many events this year, I have still been able to reach these goals. As the graphic design and social media intern, I have had the chance to improve my animation skills, work on social media posts, help brand and re-brand multiple businesses, and also create banners, posters, and stickers for different events. Before this internship, my design experience was based solely on what I had created at school, but after this internship, I feel a lot more confident in not only my design abilities, but also working in a professional environment. In regard to making connections with other creatives, despite my horrible humor and annoying dance moves, I was still able to make some good friends along the way. As interns, there can sometimes be a stigma of competitiveness or superiority, but thankfully none of that was a factor in my time here. All the interns bring such different skills and talents to the table, and we can all recognize the value in each other. The talent that my fellow creatives have amazes me every day, and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of this group. 

I am truly going to miss PATTERN and all the people who help to make it run smoothly!

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