Being an intern at Imagewest is definitely not what I thought it would be when I first applied to work here. It is much more than an internship. It is a place to gain experience, a structured workplace, a unified voice, and a group of friends working together. If I had known this when I first came to WKU, I definitely would have applied to intern a lot sooner than I did.
I have been interning since May of 2014, I can confidently say that I have learned a lot. I am one of the web designers for the team and I love the work that I am assigned. Building websites has always intrigued me, and Imagewest has solidified my decision to become a web designer when I graduate from WKU. As an intern, the tasks that I am given can sometimes be very challenging. However, with the help of my instructor and the other web designer, I am able to overcome the obstacles that stand in my way when I am building a website.
The greatest experience that I have had while interning at Imagewest was one specific day during the summer. Most of the interns usually have conversations with each other while in the office. I, however, used to keep to myself and only focus on my work. At that point, I didn’t really realize that I was missing out on an opportunity to become friends with some great people. On this specific day, I overheard a conversation between two interns about video games that were being confirmed during E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. I took out my earphones, since I was listening to music, and listened to the conversation. After hearing what they had to say, I decided to chime in and join their conversation. They didn’t realize that I enjoyed the same games as they did, and we began talking about a multitude of things. This is the day that I finally opened up as an intern and made some great friends.
As colleagues, the other web designers also became mentors during my time as an intern. I had the skills it took to accomplish tasks at Imagewest, but the other web designers helped me learn more about my field of work. Once the summer was finished, I knew that I had really learned a lot about web design and what I would be doing as a job when I get out of school. I couldn’t have progressed as much as I did if it wasn’t for the other two web designers at Imagewest. I feel that having other colleagues at Imagewest helps immensely because they can help you learn and succeed.
I know that an internship can be difficult, and that it requires a lot of work and dedication. However, those who do not apply to Imagewest are missing out on a great and valuable opportunity. The experience that you gain and the friends that you make while interning at Imagewest are some of the greatest moments I’ve had while being a student at WKU. I hope that the camaraderie that I’ve been a part of within Imagewest can remain strong for years to come.