Video Production Internship Turns Into Full Time Job

EMILY TETER '16
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania

Emily Teter at her Figmints internship

MAJOR:
Graphic Design & Digitial Media

INTERNSHIP:
Figmints (Hired upon graduation)

Originally, I was hired as a Video Production Intern but I’ve done so much more than could fit under that umbrella.

For the first few weeks at Figmints I spent most of my time

  • helping film videos around the office
  • filming interviews
  • learning to use professional mic, lighting, and video equipment
  • editing videos together using Premiere Pro
  • documenting footage

Later on I was exposed to even more areas of the field, branching off into food photography, location photography, animating logos and assets in After Effects, performing website audits, photo editing, and attending sketch sessions. From day one Figmints put me to work in a positive way.

"Finding the right internship can kickstart your career — that’s what it did for me!"

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What did you learn?
I’ve learned quite a few new industry skills as well as fine tuned skills I already had. Working with professional video equipment as well as setting up sets has improved my video production skills exponentially. In addition, I also furthered my skills in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop, as well as worked with video cameras I never even knew existed before this internship. I improved my skills as an employee.

"Do the work in front of you to the best of your ability + show off those JWU skills!"

When I first started working for Figmints, I was nervous and unsure of my place in the office, as most people are when they start a new job. However, after just a few days I felt at home. The staff at Figmints welcomed me with open arms into the everyday norm of the office and encouraged me to get my hands dirty with as many projects and experiences necessary for me to get the most out of my internship.

Advice for others
I would encourage students to look for an internship that’s not in their hometown. Look for the best internship that will be fulfilling instead of finding one just out of convenience. I’d say look for an internship that will benefit your career in the long run. At the end of the day, employers are looking for college graduates who not only have the right degree, but the right internship. Finding the right internship can kickstart your career — that’s what it did for me as the newest Figmints employee.