Interning. The word itself conjures up memories of sweaty palms, overdressing for the first day of your internship, and memories of the inevitable coffee run, but to us, interning is an experience we are happy to give.
Launchpad has often been home to interns, sometimes even 3 at a time. That’s the case we find ourselves in lately. Meet Dawson, Noah, and David. Three friends that look at themselves as a pack, and continue to work together to create for themselves and their internship, while also bringing humour to the Launchpad office. The three of them approached Launchpad in September looking for a place to sharpen their skills. Take a peek at how their days pan out below.
By far my favourite part about working in the office is getting to watch the Cliffnotes happen live; Cliff is such an entertaining character and brings a whole new type of energy to a work environment. The work has been fun, I’ve already learned a brand new skill by making gifs in photoshop, and I’ve gotten really efficient at editing images for Shopify. Everyone here is a lot of fun to work with so far; the conversations that happen around the office can be both interesting and hilarious, it’s always something new.
Probably the most educational part of this first week was getting to watch Cliff, Jill, and Jason have meetings with clients and seeing how they handle different situations with certain clients, it gives me a lot of insight into the interpersonal aspect of working on a design team and it’s a really beneficial experience for me.
I’m looking forward to next week, I get to shoot a video and really show my talent with that! So far, I’m excited to see what’s up next and can’t wait to see what kind of impact I can make in the coming weeks.
I feel that after being stuck in the same classroom(s) for the past three years I’ve begun to lose my drive for design. Thankfully, with the aid of the awesome staff at launchpad, I’ve re-found my passion and I look forward to each day. I love the environment here and I find myself opening up and sharing my thoughts more than I ever would have with my classmates. It’s far too easy to isolate yourself in a classroom and this is definitely a bad habit I’ve developed. Through Cliff's advice, I’ve learned the importance of communication and teamwork and have begun the journey of leaving my comfort zone and growing as a designer.
Although I’m only one week into my placement I feel the knowledge I’ve acquired isn’t something I’d ever learn in any classroom. I went into this placement with the misunderstanding that I was going to be an errand boy, making coffee and sweeping the floors. I couldn’t have been more wrong. From day one I was treated with nothing but the utmost respect and was given meaningful assignments that have challenged me to think outside of the box.
I am so grateful for the opportunity everyone at Launchpad has given me and I look forward to seeing what I can accomplish within my placement here.
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