Where do you do your internship and what do you do?
I am currently working as an intern at Volvox Labs. My role is as a social media / website intern, but being in the office I get to work on a lot of different things, big and small. I try to help out wherever I can.
How did you find your internship and why did you choose this internship?
During my time at school I was introduced to technology. After working many years with print and digital design it was so fun to see how you can utilize technology to make physical things. We received a list of studios and agencies from our program facilitator and Volvox Labs was on that list. I mostly applied because I liked their work, not considering that I would have to move to the states.
What are the biggest learnings you take from the internship?
I feel very lucky that I get to try a completely different working environment. Our office is also the workshop, so there is always banging and lasering going on. That makes for a fun and “living” workspace. My biggest learning is that one failure is more worth than a whole rule book. I have failed a couple of times and it has really made me aware of what I did wrong and how to prevent it in the future.
What advice can you give to others looking for internships?
I think my best advice is to apply many places. I saw a lot of people spending time on thinking about all “what if’s” and procrastinating application. Save yourself some time and headache by just applying. Then, if you receive an offer, you can think about what is the best decision. Most people go through a lot of no’s or don’t even get any answers from the places they apply. Applying a lot of places at once does not mean you shouldn’t be thorough with you application though. Personalize each application and really try to tell them why you applied to exactly them and what your expectations are.
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