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Internship: Elia Hernandez

Year in School & Major: 
Senior in Graphic Design
Internship/Job Organization: 
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City


What are your career goals? I hope to be working as graphic designer in either a design firm or advertising agency while continuing to do freelance visual art in my free time!


How did you get your internship? The Nelson has always been one of my favorite spots in Kansas City, I've grown up going to the museum and knew it was some place I wanted to try for an internship at. I kept checking their website for applications and when one finally came up, I sent in my resume & portfolio. I eventually got a call for an interview where I got to sit down with two of their designers and discussed my portfolio. It was a really good experience being able to talk about my work to professional designers and get their feedback. I sent them a follow-up "thank you" email the next day and about a week later I received a call from them offering me the position! I was ecstatic and immediately called my parents who were just as, if not more excited for me.


What was your favorite thing about your internship? My favorite part of my internship was being completely surrounded by creative, kind people every single time I walked into the office. I was given real projects to work on and I felt supported by the graphic design team every step of the way. I designed pamphlets for the info desk, signage for the back-of-house, and so much more. I even created the artwork for one of their large festivals, the Deaf Cultural Festival, which is probably my favorite thing I got to do there this summer. I attended the festival, which was an amazing experience getting to see people interacting with pieces I had designed.


I also learned what it is like to be a part of an in-house design team and to work with real clients in a world-renowned art museum. It was an experience that meant so much to me and I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to learn form the design team at the Nelson this past summer.


What are your future plans? I plan to finish my graphic design degree and eventually start looking for jobs in and outside of the Kansas City area. I also hope to intern at a design firm or advertising agency next summer to diversify my internship experiences and to gain a better knowledge of what kinds of graphic design positions there are. I hope to keep growing as a designer and to build a diverse and well-rounded portfolio!


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