About Web and Graphic Design Internships Abroad
In the dynamic and fast-changing world of design, a World Endeavors internship offers the opportunity to learn about the different approaches, techniques, and cultural contexts of design. Interning with design firms, marketing agencies, or the design departments of larger companies, interns perform design work individually and as part of a team. Projects may include creating artistic and commercial designs, magazine layouts, logos, and websites. Interns work with typography, photography, and computer-generated images to create distinctive looks for magazines, ad campaigns, or websites. Some research and administrative support work may also be part of interns’ responsibilities.
With any internship, specific daily responsibilities may vary based on the requirements of the host company or organization, as well as on the location or timeframe of the internship. The qualifications, skills, and experience of the intern may also influence the type and complexity of work assigned.
The Value of Interning Abroad
Many students spend hours in the classroom, only to graduate with no practical experience. Completing an international internship can give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue your chosen career after college. An international internship stands out on your resume, gives you an edge in a tough job market, and affords you a valuable global perspective. Interning abroad can also introduce you to different ways of working, giving you more flexibility and greater comfort with diverse points of view as you enter the workforce. Plus, interning in a non-English speaking country gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your foreign language proficiency, another skill that is highly valued by employers.
In the Spotlight: Web and Graphic Design Abroad
Interning abroad is a great way to learn how design is carried out in different cultural contexts, and to learn how designs are tailored to different audiences. The hands-on work of an internship gives participants a solid foundation in web and graphic design, and the skills learned while living abroad are invaluable in a career where adapting to different clients, projects, and venues is an essential part of any design professional’s job.
Eligibility for Internships Abroad
Successful international interns have a strong desire to learn more about their chosen field, as well as to immerse themselves in a new culture and environment. World Endeavors looks for applicants who are hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the chosen field, or international experience is helpful but is not a requirement to participate in a World Endeavors international internship. In addition, foreign language proficiency is not a requirement for participation; even in non-English speaking countries, many English-language internships are available.
World Endeavors’ minimum age for participation is 18. There is no maximum age for participation. Due to the customized nature of our internship placements, interns at all stages of their careers are welcome on the program. If you have further questions about program eligibility, please contact a World Endeavors advisor.
Other Considerations for Web and Graphic Design Internships
Interns should have a strong interest in graphic design, as well as good communication, organization, and interpersonal skills. Depending on the internship placement, participants may benefit from some prior experience with design software such as Freehand, Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, and with website development programs. Interns should also be prepared to adapt to living and working in a new setting and to adjust to the needs of the internship host company.
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