For my internship, I work at Auxiliary Services at the University of Kentucky. Mainly, I focus on Greek housing and residence halls. However, I often do random tasks that are needed by the university.
Through my observations, I have learned a lot of necessary design skills. For example, time management is a huge aspect of my job. We are currently renovating an older fraternity house. Throughout the summer, it has been imperative that we stay on track with ordering new furniture and materials so that the project stays on schedule. For instance, the new flooring must be installed before the new furniture arrives.
Also, different codes have been very important. Everything that I order must be up to the university’s fire code to ensure safety. Because of this, I have become more familiar with which materials are acceptable and which are not. I recently had to conduct some research to find a suitable sofa for a fraternity house.
My technical skills have continued to improve. This week, I helped design a logo for one of the University of Kentucky’s Women’s Forum. It will be used to promote their new marketing approach. During this process, I utilized Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Lastly, the networking that Auxiliary Services has provided me with so far has been amazing. I constantly work with different material representatives. Recently, a representative that I met through work helped me land an interview at a design firm in Louisville. I hope to continue networking with different business professionals that aid in helping me market myself.