It may seem like a myth, but many employers in Philadelphia offer paid internships to young professionals and students. In fact, 4x3 is a signatory to the AIGA Philadelphia Paid Internship Pledge, an initiative encouraging local employers to offer fair compensation to design students.
We at 4x3 are proud of our internship program, which pays a stipend to talented college students and recent design school graduates at the same time it gives them valuable real-world experience.
There’s a new college intern at 4x3. Last week we welcomed Katie Larsen, a rising senior at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, to our Ardmore office. Larsen, a graphic and interactive design student, hopes to land a job after college applying her design skills across print and digital platforms.
So! Part two (Here's part one if you haven't read it yet)!
My internship started a week after school ended and I planned to stay until the week before school started. Four days a week, from 9 to 4. I didn't have any super big plans for summer so my goal was to focus on my personal creative work and learning as much as I can in the "real" design field. The night before my internship I was really excited. It was like the feeling you get before the first day of school...but it wasn't school.
This is a question that I've been getting a lot lately from family, friends and curious underclassmen. So! Here's my little blog post about my internship with 4x3 :) I have a lot I wanna talk about, so I'll be splitting this post into two parts. This part will be about how I found it, and next will be about the internship and what I've learned from it.
Flashback to December 2013. I think the question in most, if not all, the junior design majors' minds was: "Where the heck am I going to get an internship???"
4x3 is looking for Graphic Design majors with web design skills and Marketing or Journalism majors looking to learn more about social media and content development to fill part time internship positions in our Ardmore, PA office.
The chart shows just a few of the many things I learned in the office. In the past few months I have also learned how to work as part of a design team and how to prepare for and take part in a meeting. Along with all of the things I have mentioned, I have also grown as a designer and as an individual. I had a wonderful experience and couldn't have asked for a better first internship.
We are looking for graphic design majors with web design skills, marketing or journalism majors looking to learn more abut social media and content development to fill part time internship positions in our Ardmore, PA office.
AIGA Philadelphia is making a concerted effort to support the ethical treatment of professional designers and students in the workplace. In an effort to achieve equitable practices, we are ceasing to post unpaid internships to our job site and urging our members to pledge compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.