This semester, I was given the opportunity to work for a virtual internship with New York Minute Magazine (NYMM). I was thrilled for this chance to intern as a graphic designer for a magazine, let alone one that was based in New York. I hoped that this opportunity would allow me to build up my online portfolio and give me the experience I needed for my future career.
I started off as a graphic designer on the design team. My main job at the time was to update logos and bio boxes of the current staff. These assignments were great because they allowed me to get familiar with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I quickly mastered the basics, just in time for my first major project: designing a sponsorship package. I was a bit daunted, but willing to rise up to the challenge. I was partnered with a fellow intern, who also happened to attend Florida State University, and we began sending in rough drafts.
Halfway through my internship, I was suddenly moved to the marketing team where I would design “memes.” These ranged from basic quotes to informational posts and they were all for Instagram. I learned how a marketing team works. Several people are in charge of posting on different social media platforms at set times, and if a person were to comment on any of those posts the team would interact with them. There was a schedule that everyone had to follow.
I learned that communication was extremely important, and that designing things for people can sometimes be frustrating. If I could have done things differently, I would have asked for more feedback. I realize now that asking for more communication is never a bad thing. The best part about this internship though, is that I realized that I want to change my career goals and do something that I truly enjoy.