Student Competition: Let's Face It, It's All About the Internship! Part 3

SPDStuComp2014-Logo.jpgIf you enter and win our Student Design Competition, the cash prizes may seem the most attractive. But in reality, it's the prize internships that are the most important award. Even if you don't place 1st, 2nd or 3rd, you still have a good shot at winning a magazine internship here in NYC and often, housing is included. So what are you waiting for? Start working on those entries now!

Need some more proof of just how great the internships are? Check out last year's 3rd place winner Darby Minter's experience as an intern at Sports Illustrated...

Third Place 
SCHOOL: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
LEVEL: Junior (now a Senior)
INSTRUCTOR: Denise Bosler
CATEGORY: City/Regional
INTERNSHIP PRIZE:  Sports Illustrated

SPD-U:  As an intern at Sports Illustrated this past summer, what kind of things did you get to do?
DARBY:  I got to help with designing layouts and styling in both print and iPad versions of the magazine. I wanted to stay involved while I was there, so I was always walking around asking how I could help with anything at all. I didn't feel like an intern, but an employee who was there for the summer. I went to weekly meetings, along with intern meetings where I learned about all aspects of SI and how many departments are involved, not just the edit side of the magazine.

SPD-U:  Anytime you start a new job or experience, we all find that we have some weaknesses. What skills did you find you were weakest in that you now want to get better at or suggest future interns consider working on? 
DARBY:  I think I just needed to get more comfortable with the programs. Most of my time was spent with Adobe InDesign, and I wish I had taken the time to know the shortcuts and everything the program offered. Luckily, everyone at SI was very friendly and willing to help out, so they all taught me a lot and I learned a few secrets of the program along the way.

SPD-U:  What was your favorite and least favorite part about living in NYC? 
DARBY:  My favorite part was being able to explore Manhattan. By the end of the summer, I felt comfortable walking around New York. I explored some (not nearly all) of the food New York has to offer. My least favorite part was when the subways weren't working properly and I had to figure out a different way to get to work before I was late. Even that wasn't too bad though, it helped me to get to know public transportation a little bit better.

SPD-U:  Any other commentary about the experience? 
DARBY:  This was such an amazing experience. I can't begin to express how grateful I am for everyone that helped me enjoy this: SPD, SI, The School of Visual Arts for giving me a quaint apartment for the summer, my parents for not freaking out too much over the idea of me adventuring in NYC for a summer. It was such an exciting time and I learned so much from everyone I met. 

You can find Darby online here:
TWITTER:  @darbyminter 


Ready to win YOUR internship? Then get going on your Student Design Competition entries using all the details here.  
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