Hey, what’s it like out there on the other side? You know, the day-to-day work world? Well, within the Department of Art and Design at George Fox University, there’s no better way to experience this than to participate in an extended creative internship or to do a one-day job shadow. There are a number of small and large companies in the Portland area, and beyond, providing opportunities to experience what happens on the inside of a creative department within a company.
This past summer, Fox sophomore, Amy Shifley spent a day following and observing Fox alumni, Rachel Getsinger (Graphic Design ‘10) as she went about her duties as a designer and art director at the Pivot Group, a Portland design agency.
Amy shares, “One of the best parts about this experience was how I was able to sit down with Rachel and watch her apply the skills she learned through George Fox and through her post grad internship in New York. She was able to show me a typical day’s work and talked me through what she was doing. It was neat to see how Pivot Group is more of a community than larger companies and operates on a more personal level with employees.”
From this experience Amy not only saw first-hand what a designer does but it also confirmed her decision to change from English to Design as her major.
The Department of Art and Design seeks to establishing relationships with companies of all sizes to place appropriate students in the right positions. Here is a short list of some of the companies that have provided an internship or job shadow experiences in the past for Fox art and design students.
Norm Thompson, Nike, Never Boring, George Fox University MarCom, Livengood Nowack, NOE (New Opportunities in Education, Mexico), East Hill Church, All American Publishing, Lucy, Craftsman Label, Ashley Lippard Design, Pivot Group, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, and Bank of America.
If you know of a company that have opportunities for an internships or job shadowing within a creative department please contact us. We know it’ll be a great experience for both the student and the company. You can respond to this blog or send an e-mail direct to Jeff Cameron – email@example.com
Department of Art & Design Open House and Networking Event
Fox Art & Design alumni visiting campus October 18 for the football game and Homecoming festivities are invited to attend this special networking event. This will be an opportunity to share your current professional experiences with Fox artists and designers at a reception in Hoover. The event starts at 10 AM and goes to 11. If you can come by and share your post-graduation professional experiences with students, please call Cheri @ 503-554-2619 or e-mail Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.