An internship is a productive way to spend the summer, and this summer we’ve welcomed Alyssa Dill to Marketing Services as a design intern. She will be collaborating with the design team on various projects through August 17.
Name: Alyssa Dill
College/Class: Millersville University, Class of 2017 (Senior)
Major: Interactive & Graphic Design
Design-related: Vice president of Millersville University’s Interactive & Graphic Design Club; contributing member of AIGA Central PA; member of the Ladies, Technically Speaking… meetup group; design intern at Gavin Advertising; freelance designer
Nondesign-related: Traveling, spending time with family and friends, trying new food, hand-lettering
Ultimate professional goal: I’m not completely sure yet, I think I’d like to move to a larger city and be a designer or art director.
Favorite font: Avenir Next, Futura
In Her Words:
I focused on fine arts in high school, but when I started looking at colleges, I knew being a fine artist would be a struggle because there often isn’t the structure in the field that I knew I would need in my future job. My high school art teachers suggested I look into graphic design, and I actually ended up becoming really passionate about it.
My professor at Millersville is the liaison for internships in the interactive and graphic design program and told me about the internship here at The YGS Group. Seeking out internships was easier once I set up a website for myself. There’s a level of professionalism that comes with putting all of your best work online and being able to discuss the thought process behind each project. It also helps to use free mockups so you can add context to your work, rather than just showing screenshots of final files. Having a network of people in the design community to support your work really helped give me the motivation to move forward, and I really appreciate the connections I’ve made with my classmates and professors in the Millersville design department, the professionals in AIGA Central PA, and everyone else who has helped me along the way.
During the last semester, I found an interest in publication design. I’m really excited to learn as much as I possibly can about the publication production process. Otherwise, I’m interested in working on anything anyone sends my way! My two internships this summer are my first internship experiences, and I am looking to get as much out of them as I can. I’m excited to just learn what it’s like to be in the field rather than being in a classroom setting.