Junior Visual Communications major Brian Russell aspires to one day work as a graphic designer, and thanks to the Berry College Internship Program, he’s already racking up the kind of experience that will help him achieve his goals. Brian is also earning minors in Art and Web Development.
When Brian’s former supervisor at the Career Center, Beckie Jarrell, found out that Brian was interested in doing an academic internship, she directed him to Harbin Clinic's marketing department in Rome. “I was interviewed by Leanne Cook, Harbin's new director of marketing, and at first she thought that I was applying for a full-time position,” Brian says. Previously, Harbin had not hosted any graphic design interns. However, he says, Ms. Cook “liked my work enough that she created an internship position for me for the summer.”
Brian, who is still interning at Harbin Clinic this fall, says the summer was “the perfect time” to come in, because Harbin's marketing department was essentially reinventing itself. “The marketing team was fairly small, and I was one of two designers on the team,” he explains. “Since Harbin was refreshing its visual identity, I had the opportunity to create a wide variety of materials for the clinic, including newspaper ads, magazine ads, Facebook ads, brochures, a folder design, and vehicle wraps.” Brian contributed in other ways, too, by showing initiative and creating a role for himself. “I proposed a series of promoted posts with interesting and useful medical facts for Harbin's Facebook page that helped to significantly increase the number of likes on Harbin's page.”
Brian adds, “Aside from the amazing learning and portfolio-building opportunities that I received at this internship, I also enjoyed the excellent synergy in the marketing department, and it felt great to participate in a professional working environment. I felt like an employee at Harbin rather than just a temporary intern.”