With Chris, the intern for Cancer Support Scotland, starting his 3 month internship in our studio this week as part of our partnership with Cancer Support Scotland, we thought we would interview him with the aim of finding out what interested him about this internship and get an idea of what he was hoping to do next.

What were you doing before this internship?

I studied at the University of Strathclyde from 2011 – 2015 doing Product Design & Innovation. During this time I undertook a design assistant role with the interior design company “C2 Concepts”, which first introduced me to a design environment and how a design company operates on a day-to-day basis. Since graduating I have been involved in a graphic design position for SilverBean Coffee. I was responsible for advertising and marketing designs for the business. These roles motivated me to pursue further roles within the design industry.

Why were you interested in this internship?

Having seen SHINE advertised before, I was highly interested in the company and the work that they had produced. Graphic design has become more and more of a personal interest since graduating and I have been hoping to gain a foothold into the design world. Applying for the internship at SHINE seemed the perfect opportunity to further my design skills and gain valuable experience.

What do you hope to learn/achieve by the end of the internship?

By the end of the internship I would hope to have created valuable designs that I can add to my personal portfolio. In addition, I wish to have learned essential graphic design skills an gained knowledge that I can use to further my own personal design interests and goals.

Do you have an idea of what your next steps will be after the internship, if so, what are they?
After this internship I wish to secure a job in a related graphic design or product design role.

What would be your ideal job?

My ideal job would either have to be in a product design role to put my studies into practice, or a graphic design role where I can put the experience I have gained to a practical use.

We are delighted to have Chris working with us. As with all of the previous interns, we will help, support and give advice to make sure he will gain the best possible experience and improve his employability! We see the internship as a win-win situation, the interns gain experience in the design industry and working with clients and we get a new face around the office! This also helps them to build up their portfolio, with input from experienced, senior designers and develop interview skills and confidence. At the same time, Cancer Support Scotland get quality materials produced for campaigns and activities.

“As a recent graduate looking to cut their teeth in the design industry this has been an excellent opportunity. It has been great to work in a busy studio along with live clients and projects. I’ve only been here for little over a month but I have already learned so much about the design industry and look forward to the rest of my time in the studio.” – Rachel, Previous Intern
“The internship for Cancer Support Scotland with SHINE was easily the most beneficial thing I’ve done since graduating. I got useful, honest feedback and advice from everyone. I was able to work on my own portfolio, gain interview preparation and get a great insight into working in a creative agency. I’d recommend it to anyone getting started. I left feeling more confident, and more like a real designer.” – Douglas, Previous Intern

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