Summer Internship Recap – Alex Sheyn
BBG Internship Summer 2012
By Alex Sheyn
The following are words to describe my internship at Bright Bright Great:
Amazing. Magnificent. Awesome. Badass. Stunning. Sexy. Jammin. Exemplary. Fantastic. Great. Bright. Distinguished. Airy. Oaky. Tremendous. Aces. Tops. Bees Knees.
What I’m trying to say is that my internship at BBG was one of the greatest things to have ever happened to me. I truly mean that. Bright Bright Great provided me with the opportunity to do some amazing work. I think it’s safe to say I learned more in my 2 month internship than I did during 4 years of design school.
Some of the perks of the internship:
– Company trip to Comicon
– Awesome monthly events where you get to meet tons of design community pros
– Coffee snobs make sure every cup of coffee is the best you’ve ever had
– Company dog is the best dog
– Trips to subway
– Intern dumpster diving championships
I’ve had a few other internships in recent years, all of which basically used me for manual labor like taking out the trash and cleaning the bathrooms. At BBG, I never had to take out the trash or clean anything. I was a design intern, and design was all I did. Most people think of an intern as the lowest level employee at a company, doing the projects that no one else wants to do. On my very first day at BBG, I was thrown onto one of the biggest projects the company had ever worked on. I was given responsibility, and the opportunity to prove myself. Every day was something new- a new problem to solve, a new thing that you learn, a new opportunity to make something beautiful. A BBG internship gives you responsibility to the point where you feel extremely appreciated. You feel like it actually makes a difference that you are there.
I didn’t only learn how to design a pretty website. I learned about how to develop and expand a brand, how to look at a website as a product and not just a digital brochure, how to talk to clients, and so much more.
Long story short, if your goal is to get your foot in the door of the Chicago design community, the BBG internship will make that happen. I learned everything.