Emily Teter '16
Spring Grove, PA
Graphic Design & Digital Media
Hired Upon Graduation
Figmints is a boutique full-service creative studio that churns out some of the most scrumptious branding and identity, interactive UI/UX, video story-telling, and marketing know-how this side of the Milky Way. Founded by Design Chef, James Kwon, Figmints has worked with several Fortune 500 companies such as CVS/Pharmacy, Constant Contact, U.S. Cellular, Burt’s Bees, and Aramark Food Service, while retaining its passion in serving the non-profit and small business sectors nationwide.
What did you do?
Originally, I was hired as a Video Production Intern but I’ve done so much more than could fit under that umbrella. For the first few weeks at Figmints I spent most of my time: helping film videos around the office; filming interviews; learning to use professional mic, lighting, and video equipment, editing videos together using Premiere Pro, and documenting footage.
Later on I was exposed to even more areas of the field, branching off into food photography, location photography, animating logos and assets in After Effects, performing website audits, photo editing, and attending sketch sessions. From day one Figmints put me to work in a positive way.
What did you learn?
I’ve learned quite a few new industry skills as well as fine tuned skills I already had. Working with professional video equipment as well as setting up sets has improved my video production skills exponentially. In addition, I also furthered my skills in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop, as well as worked with video cameras I never even knew existed before this internship. I improved my skills as an employee.
When I first started working for Figmints I was nervous and unsure of my place in the office, as most people are when they start a new job. However, after just a few days I felt at home. The staff at Figmints welcomed me with open arms into the everyday norm of the office and encouraged me to get my hands dirty with as many projects and experiences necessary for me to get the most out of my internship.
Advice for Others
I would encourage students to look for an internship that’s not in their hometown. Look for the best internship that will be fulfilling instead of finding one just out of convenience. I’d say look for an internship that will benefit your career in the long run. At the end of the day, employers are looking for college graduates who not only have the right degree, but the right internship. Finding the right internship can kick start your career; that’s what it did for me as the newest Figmints employee!
Want more? Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships to learn more about the importance and how to apply for internship. This is a starting point. To learn more see an experiential education coordinator.