Internships need to be reciprocal and advantageous to both the student and the employer. What is the point of landing a high profile internship if you’re just going to be running for coffee? Similarly, our students act as embassadors for the Graphic Design Department, and we want to help appropriately match our student’s strengths with an employer’s needs.
Below are the steps students should follow to secure their internship. We request that all internships be approved in advance. There is no guarantee that internships will be retroactively awarded.
Yes, we require our students to use Apple Macintosh computers because this is the operating system most commonly used by professionals in the graphic design community. We understand that laptops aren’t cheap, but our goal is to prepare you for a career in the industry so we require everyone to own a MacBook Pro. Note that Apple offers an Education Discount (and refurbished computers).
This is a difficult question to answer, because this is often influenced by the designer’s talent, geography and luck. We can however point you to designsalaries.org website which reports salary ranges for graphic design positions among AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design) members and related professions in the United States.
Graphic designers can specialize in a particular area (e.g. web design, interaction design, advertising, packaging, etc.) or take a broader approach and work in a variety of mediums. Being a graphic designer is like reading a “choose your own adventure” book and there is no one path that leads to success. In many cases, the path our graduates take is largely determined by their personal interests and goals, opportunities that present themselves, and the needs of clients and agencies. Graphic designers are visual communicators and problem-solvers as much as they are software technicians and production specialists. The skills they offer clients and businesses are highly valuable and sought after. Typically our students go in one of the following directions after graduation: they start a career at an agency, they start a career as a freelance designer, they work in-house for a company, or they continue their education by going to graduate school.
Our alumni have gone on to work at Amazon, Axios, the Brooklyn Art Museum, Gensler, Google, Twitter, iStrategyLabs, Jonathan Adler Design, Urban Outfitters, Allure Magazine, Modea, USA Today, Warby Parker, Willow Tree Apps, and more.
Our students have interned at a number of companies, including ESPN, FROG Design, MARC USA, Modea, NASA, and Seventeen Magazine.