Elmwood Village Association

Design Intern

June 2020 • Buffalo, NY

What I liked

I was very lucky to get this opportunity. Not only do I have the opportunity to work on professional design projects, I was given the opportunity to take ownership of these projects. I am further developing my design skills and enhancing my portfolio. I have learned about the facets and impact of social media in a business setting. I have had the opportunity to contribute to the Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market and the Music is Art Festival and the 2020 Summer Concert Series. I have a better idea of how non-profits operate and experience with event planning. I also live in the neighborhood. I get to walk to work, and when I see a sign I made, or a graphic I designed, I get to say to myself "Look at me. I did that."

What I wish was different

I wish I had more of an opportunity to meet people and professionally network. Unfortunately, I started this internship during a Global Pandemic, so I haven't been able met as many people as I would have liked. Unfortunately, the EVA had to cancel events, including their Happy Hour meetup events due to COVID.


Be confident in your skills, and what you can deliver. The professional atmosphere is different that the academic one, and it might be intimidating and challenging. However, if you were good enough to be accepted into the Internship program, then you are capable of doing good work. Ask lots of questions, get feedback and recommendations, and be prepared to work hard.
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