The Internship Experience: Christine Skinner

Here’s a blog post written by Christine Skinner, a wonderfully creative graphic design intern at Baer Performance Marketing:
When I share with others that I completed a summer internship as a graphic designer at Baer Performance Marketing over the summer, they usually want to know more about the company and how it went. Since I am not the typical college student at age 38, they might wonder why I am doing an internship in the first place. If I don’t know the person very well, I would explain that I went back to school to earn an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design after being a stay-at-home mom for almost 10 years. An internship is required as part of the degree program and after applying at Baer I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to create marketing collateral for some of their clients. Some of the projects I worked on included creating Facebook cover photos, sell sheets, event posters, gift certificates and logos.
In answer to those who want to know more about the company I would tell them it is a small marketing firm that creates print, online, social media and radio advertising for companies. As for how the internship went, I would tell them it was AMAZING! I felt extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love and put what I have learned to use a in a “real world” environment. Looking back and reflecting on the experience I cannot believe how quickly the time passed.
I was lucky to have a great supervisor, Molly Lubinsky, who was very understanding and appreciative. It was very helpful to get feedback and input from others which, made my job easier and more enjoyable.  I realized that I still have a lot more to learn about graphic design and that I need to increase my speed and accuracy. The internship was a great learning opportunity and only helped reinforce my decision to continue to pursue a degree and career in graphic design. I only hope that I will be as lucky to work for a similar company with such great people when I graduate. Thank you Baer, for the great experience and letting me be a part of your team even if it was only for a short time.