Interning: A Love Story

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Inside the offices at Corr Digital

Hello readers, I’m Daniel Ciccarello, The Campus Voice’s social media director. This summer I’m interning at a Jacksonville based production company called Corr Digital. You’ve probably seen their work around town without realizing it. They’ve printed materials for Zaxby’s, Daily’s, the Armada, the Jaguars, World Golf Hall of Fame and Legoland. As a Digital Media student here at FSCJ, I’m very interested in the physical production side of design. I started the internship last week, and I immediately knew there was potential for me to gain a lot from the experience. Though my workload started off slow with various tasks here and there, things have started to ramp up during the second week.

I have enjoyed my second week so far, but before I go into that, I’ll explain how I landed the internship in the first place. After doing some research on media production companies in the area, I decided Corr would be a great place to gain professional experience and learn more about the physical end of media production. Though they didn’t have any internship positions listed online, I reached out to someone in the company via LinkedIn to ask about the possibility of an internship. My previous interning experiences helped to get me noticed, and after a brief interview, I had secured my internship with Corr Digital.

I come in on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, usually from around 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On Monday morning, I was shuffled into a meeting room where I worked directly with the Vice President of Business Development and a few designers, planning a promotional magazine to advertise Corr’s products to car dealerships (think big signs, banners and flags). I am working hand-in-hand with one of the designers to make this concept a reality. Once it’s finished, I can add it to my portfolio–one of the great benefits of interning.

My next day on the job was slightly more chaotic. Along with looming deadlines for the Jazz Festival, there was a printing error. I was interested to see how the company handles these stressful situations. I expected to observe and move on, but I was able to help directly by picking up an old machine and putting little metal rings in big signs for the Jazz Festival. As a result, I feel a sense of ownership over these signs and am excited to see them in person at the festival. While I worked on the signs, I talked to employees and learned a lot about the company and its operations. It was probably my best day so far. On Friday I spent most of my time working on Corr’s product magazine. My boss showed me a display they are working on and how it is made. The process was very interesting. While looking through Corr’s sample room, I actually found something I had created at my last internship. As a strange turn of coincidence, something I worked on for Zaxby’s was printed by my new internship.

All in all, it was an interesting second week with Corr Digital. It’s a unique opportunity and I’m going to do my best to get the most out of it. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with the readers of The Campus Voice.

The purpose of this column is to give you an idea of what types of experiences are available for students. We would also love for other student interns to share their experiences with us. If you have an internship experience you’d like to share, please contact us at CampusVoiceFSCJ@gmail.com

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