Our Intern Spotlight series highlights the experiences of interns at TDi. Today we focus on our graphic design internship. If you want to read previous entries in our Intern Spotlight series, you can see our other posts below:
Meet Julia, our Graphic Design Intern
If you’ve read our blogs, then you’re already familiar with our graphic design intern Julia’s work – she creates the images for them. She also develops the images for our social media, emails and more. Julia has done art most of her life. When she was younger, she made drawings and paintings and even started selling her pieces in sixth grade. She has a passion for golf as well. In high school she played golf on the varsity team and wanted to seriously pursue it until she met her art mentor from Poland.
As she worked with her mentor, preparing her portfolio to study in a five-year art program in Poland, the pandemic occurred. This put her plans on hold, and she turned her sights toward graphic design. It was a new challenge for her and a new area of art that she wanted to try.
This new pursuit guided her to a graphic design internship with TDi. She shares her experiences with us below.
What drew you to graphic design?
My comfortable art forms, like drawing and painting, don’t have a lot of job opportunities. I never completely decided what I wanted to do with art. So, I was really open to whatever got thrown my way. I had taken graphic design classes in high school and this last year in college, and I’ve done a few small jobs with graphic design and I really enjoyed it.
I figured, since I’m not going to Poland, and I wasn’t decided on what I wanted to do, graphic design seemed to have a good balance of what I liked and what I was capable of.
Now that you’re doing graphic design, are you enjoying it?
Yes, I am! My whole artistic career, I’ve always been really open to trying new things with my art. If you look at all the pieces I’ve done, there’s not a consistent style of anything. I’ve really enjoyed learning about this because it’s very practical and it’s everywhere.
It’s fun for me to learn as I go, learning all of the new parts of graphic design and digital art. Since I am more, I like to call it an “organic artist,” I use my hands, it’s fun to see a different side of it.
What do you think about cybersecurity now that you’re working in it?
I really did not know a whole lot about it, but as I’m redesigning documents and reading the content on it, going through the website, it’s a lot more interesting than I thought it was. I do art, not software, and understanding ConsoleWorks and everything that it does is pretty interesting to me. It definitely surprised me. I didn’t even know what ransomware was and now I’m realizing how prevalent it is.
What have you been working on?
I’ve been doing these intern sketches and graphics for the blog posts and emails that go out. I’m also working on redesigning case studies. I’m transferring information between two of our databases as well. So, I’m also learning about more software stuff through reading all of that.
What’s the most challenging part of your graphic design internship?
The most challenging thing is probably going out of my comfort zone with what I design. A lot of the things I see that need to be designed or re-designed, I have to tell myself to stop following what is already there. I don’t want to restrict myself. I want to push past what I know to create something better.
I’ve always worked with myself. I’ve always sold my own art; I do what I think looks good. The challenge working with a bunch of other people is seeing what they want and what they think looks good and I really like getting the feedback. The challenge is changing my ideas to fit a company’s standards rather than what I would do for myself in a commission piece.
Has your internship experience helped you achieve your career goals?
I feel like this is a really good baseline for what I want to do. This is a good starting point for me and a good introduction to graphic design. I’m taking more graphic design classes next semester and that’ll be my focus as an art major. It’s helping guide me on the right path and get an early start in my college experience.
What’s your favorite part about the graphic design internship?
I like how much freedom I have. Art already is very open to interpretation. I like being able to put something together and bounce my ideas off the team. I like working with you guys because I’m not used to that. I can get more feedback. It’s fun.
What would you tell a student interested in a cybersecurity internship at TDi?
The idea of having an internship always scared me. A lot of them are unpaid and it seems like you’re doing all this work, but I really like it. This company is really fun and I really like the people in it. So just getting yourself out there and getting over that hump, putting yourself out there and applying to internships is a lot better than you think it is.
It’s pretty fun! It’s fun learning all the new things and being in a more professional environment. It prepares you.
Keep Watch for More Internship Spotlights
Our Intern Spotlight is a series of posts throughout the summer highlighting the experiences of TDi’s cybersecurity interns as they develop their skills to be the next defenders of IT and OT operations. To learn more about TDi’s internship program, you can read our cybersecurity internship overview here.
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