From the Intern's Desk
July 31, 2014

From the Intern's Desk

Dear J.O.,

Internships are indispensable when it comes to building a resume. In my case, it's a required part of my degree plan as a candidate for a Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design from Texas Christian University (TCU).

Corinne in conference room

I'm Corinne, the (morning) creative intern at J.O. It's my last week and I can safely say that this experience has both confirmed and debunked my preconceptions about agency life.

When it comes to life in an ad agency, there are crazy moments with too much to do and not enough hours. But believe it or not, it's not always insane and stressful. You come to appreciate the lulls.

I got the chance to work on (not just edit) some real client jobs and I never had to "fetch" anything. Much of what I learned I did so by just being here, watching and listening— an education by osmosis, if you will.

"It's about showcasing our creativity." I heard that half a dozen times within the first couple weeks here. I came to find that agencies— especially the smaller ones— are a family unit. You ask for help and to help. You do your best to make light out of bad situations (tough clients) and say "thanks" for the little things.

The biggest thing I've gotten out of this 10-week experience is that this is the real world. I'm sure that sounds silly, but what I mean is that it's been nice to see beyond the classroom and the TCU bubble. Out here, you're in charge of your own self-growth. Gone are the professors breathing down your neck, pushing for more. No one's demanding greatness; they expect it.

As a student, you don't have time for much of a life— it's eat, sleep and breathe graphic design. It's been cool to see "real" people doing agency life while doing life, too. They have relationship drama drifting from the account office; they talk about weekend stories and day-to-day small talk and banter. Here are a few of the gems I overheard…

"Yeah, that causes anger." — Courtney

"Breakfast tacos are probably the best thing about Texas." — Melissa

"Does she have arms?!" — Darcy

"Sorry, I'm neurotic. Just slightly. Maybe a little more than average." — Jason

It's hard to believe that I'm old enough (much less prepared enough) to be here. Now, more than ever, I'm ready and eager for what comes next. So, thank you, J.O.

All the best,

Corinne