10 Ways To Land An Internship With Your Dream Designer

Aside from using transcript of records, diplomas and portfolios to land your dream job, did you know that an internship experience could boost your job profile tremendously?

For designers, imagine having had done an internship with a famous designer. You would acquire skill sets textbooks can’t teach and gain experience some designers have only dreamt about.

But how do you get closer to working with your ideal designer when there are so many applicants with similar ideals as you out there? Well, that’s why we’re here to help! Here are a few tips on how to land an internship with a famous and well-respected designer.

  1. Personalize Your Own Studio

Art, artist, artistic.

According to Smashing Magazine, it is important to have a studio that will reflect your own design personality. Having your own personalized studio help sharpen your skills and abilities as a designer, which you will need to apply for a design internship.

  1. Be Good In Your Own Field


If you want to be recognized, you must own your craft. You should know the ins and outs of your own specialized design. If you can’t own what you do and speak about it with confidence, how do you expect potential employers to believe you and want to hire you?

  1. The Power of Networking

Network, networking, business.

Connect with people who have similar interests in the industry you are trying to get ahead in. Your connections may vary based on where you are in your life right now. For example, a student may find connections through a course mate or a lecturer.

  1. Research


As you hunt for an internship at your dream company to work at, it is imperative to conduct a thorough research about the company you are applying for. For a design internship, ensure you really know the designer you want to work for. For example, his or her specialties, famous work, design history, etc. Knowing these information helps shape an employer’s perception of you.

  1. Have a Mentor


Find a mentor who can guide you along the way of your internship. The ideal is to have someone dependable when it comes to day-to-day activities of an intern, and roles you will be assuming in the company. However, be prepared to be rejected as many are busy with their own work and may not be available to mentor you. In this case, ask if they have any recommendations for mentors.

  1. Build a Great Portfolio

If you want to make a memorable impression with a famous designer, showing off your portfolio is the best way to do it. Perfect your specialty and redesign items that can showcase your personality as a designer. During the interview, present your portfolio, a compilation of your best works. Your originality will be taken into account and you will definitely stand out as an applicant.

  1. Offer Your Designs for Free

Since you’re still working your way to the top, you may not have enough channels to showcase your works. Offering them for free in organizations like charities will help you gain recognition – and hopefully help you get the attention of one of the famous designers you are aspiring to work with. In addition, when your works are published on organizations’ websites, you can gain exposure as well as continue to build your portfolio.

  1. Create Your Own Brands and Shape Their Identities


Another creative way to build your portfolio is to create imaginary brands where you can put your knowledge and skills to good use by shaping new identities – from logos, to brochures, ads, and even websites. The best part about designing for a made up brand is that you are not bound by any rules.

  1. Prepare Your Application Materials

Once you have identified your target designer/company to work for, the next step is to prepare your application materials. This includes an application form (if needed), a resume, a cover letter, your portfolio, and any other paperwork that can certify your college or university achievements. When working on your application, it is very important to tailor your portfolio materials to the specialty of the company. Also, be ready for an internship interview at all times.

  1. Practice Professionalism


After creating and preparing your resume, application form, cover letter and your handsome portfolio, it is now time to get you hired as an intern. You must be ready for a phone call calling you in for an interview at any time. Make sure you show up to the interview well-dressed in smart business attire. Answer all questions politely and avoid divulging unnecessary information about yourself.

Here are some sample design portfolios from other design students you can use as reference or if you want to just admire their beautiful designs:

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If you are a designer in the midst of looking for an internship and want to get your designs showcased to the world, Designs.net is the platform for you. With Designs.net, designers like you are able to sell your very own designs and receive 100% payout until the 31st of July. So what are you waiting for? Take pride in your work!

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