CFA Area: Department of Art
Degree: BA Studio Art
Study focus: Graphic Design
No summer of mine is ever quite the same. Growing up in Key West, Florida has always provided me with amazing summers, spring breaks, and warm Christmases. This summer however, was a working summer. I was granted the position of a Graphic Design intern at Category 5 Signs in Key West. Category 5 is a sign company specializing in commercial and custom sign production. I became an assistant of sorts to the Graphic Designer of the company, Bo Red, who coincidently attended FSU’s studio art program quite a few years ago.
The past couple months flew by and I was blown away with how much I had learned. Choosing such a small company to intern at was definitely a great choice. I wasn’t the intern grabbing Starbucks for the office, I wasn’t the intern placing the artwork into a PROOF template for the client, and I certainly was not one of 100 interns. I was the only intern and I was directly working with some of Category 5’s biggest clients such as, Sunset Watersports and Key West Chemical. I was given sole responsibility for small projects such as local charter boat brochures, vinyl banner design, and logo conception. Working in such a small business environment enabled me to understand the client, business, and artist relationship pretty well. Category 5 has two partner company’s, Barret Printing, and Local Awards (an engraving company). For Barrett Printing I was able to assist with layouts and print specifications. Although I did not delve into anything specific with the engraving c ompany, I spent the days watching the staff engraving, on EVERYTHING. These machines engraved on glass, metal, wood, tile, etc.
More than anything this internship was an eclectic learning experience. I would highly encourage all potential interns to work in an environment where you are able to obtain a high level of responsibility. With that being said, wherever you may end up working, take responsibility. I had learned previous interns were not as willing to take responsibility. This trait alone impressed my superiors. I mean I’m 22 and still in college, they know that. Try to impress their pants off! Our youth is impressive alone and I was always surprised by how much they were learning from me!