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intern stories — eugenie's experience

Haloo, TAM fans! Spring internships at TAM are at an end (looong ago, by now). They were great. (End-of-internship time is always emotional.) We've asked our prior interns to write for us about what it was like, soooo {drumroll please}, here is the first in a new and blooming series of intern stories. Take it away, Eugenie. 👏

 

This summer, I had the opportunity to work as a Creative Design intern for The Arrington Method, a creative program management firm that brings creative visions to life with a model that enforces a creative approach to program management. From the day I joined the TAM team I felt like I became part of a tight knit family of creatives.


My internship was entirely remote, and while many of us are from Texas, the internship program offered opportunities to work remotely with people from around the world. I was paired with my mentor Viktoriia, an extremely talented graphic designer from Ukraine who specialises in brand design. She helped to not only teach brand design, a design area that I hadn’t had the opportunity to learn much about before, but also was great at providing thorough feedback on my design work.


One of the things I enjoyed most about my role as a Creative Design intern was the variety of different projects I was able to work on. I was able to collaborate with each member of the team, which helped me sharpen my design skills including logo design, video editing, motion design, as well as apparel & merch design. I primarily worked with TAM’s Creative Designer Emily, who was also previously an intern at The Arrington Method. I was able to work alongside Emily to re-design TAM’s website, and was put in charge of creating animated line art for each page on the site.


Each week I was a part of the Team Progress meeting, Internship Learning Sessions, and 1:1 Pulse Checks. Intern sessions allowed me to learn about a variety of topics, from packaging to program management. There were several key moments that really stood out to me throughout these sessions that made me realize how much the TAM team cared about their work and in supporting each other. At one point when discussing entrepreneurship Arnetra told us about how important it is for entrepreneurs to remember why they started, and the value in your efforts. Arnetra described how creating opportunities for other people to do what they love is what drives her and the TAM team.


During each Pulse Check, I was able to discuss any challenges I faced during the week, share my successes, and discuss goals I had set for myself during the internship. I was also given the opportunity to challenge myself by presenting and leading ideation sessions with the team while developing the new TAM website. Through these weekly meetings, I received support and helpful feedback that has helped me grow as a designer.


The primary goal I set as part of my TAM Journey Plan was to gain more experience with making a website or apps layout, navigation, and the overall user interaction easily accessible for the user. After my internship with The Arrington Method, I not only feel more confident in my abilities as a designer, but also feel better prepared to present my ideas and collaborate with others.

 

Image from Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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