November 11th 2014
I’ve had a great three months at Leap, it was my first internship after finishing university and what a place to start.... Read More
The variety of work that Leap do, their environmental awareness and charitable work were all factors that drew me to apply for a work placement at Leap. So I was chuffed when I was offered the opportunity to do a three month internship.
I gained a lot of knowledge and experience at Leap in a variety of areas. I had the opportunity to work on branding projects, coming up with logo ideas and creating marketing material. I also worked on editorial projects and even did a little bit of web work. There was never a dull moment as there was always something to do in the busy studio with new projects coming in all the time.
I got the chance to work on the winter volume of Emma Gunn’s Never Mind The Burdocks book over the three months of my internship. Tasked with placing copy and images, as well as creating promotional material for the book, I improved my software skills as well as picking up a few foraging tips along the way! I was also trusted with contacting the client directly, which gave me a bit more confidence in my abilities and organisation. I had the opportunity to help out at a photo shoot for The Valley where I learnt more behind the scenes about building a photo library as well as seeing collaborative working and art direction in action.
In-store promotional poster for Never Mind the Burdocks – that Debbie helped design.
Overall I got a much better idea of how a real design studio works and experienced doing real work, for real clients to real deadlines, which was invaluable. It was definitely a change of pace from university and a real eye-opener as to what is expected of a designer and the variety of work there is to be done. I feel inspired in continuing to develop my skills and knowledge as well as feeling a lot more confident about working as a designer. I would like to say a big thank you to the team at Leap for having me and for all your time and input. Also a special thanks to Judy for all the cups of tea and for organising all the dates to make the internship possible.
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We currently have Internships available for 2014/15 at our studio in St Austell, Cornwall.
You must be a post-grad preferably or have at least 2 years university experience in a relevant design/media course. For a minimum of 2-3 months of your time (3 months is the ideal placement timescale we’ve found) you will work closely with our team of 6 in St Austell (not far from the beach:).
We offer a daily intern fee, and you also get tons of studio experience alongside learning about design and its impact on the environment, use of eco print methods and print management experience – all whilst working on a wide and diverse variety of both online / branding & print projects.
For those whose input and work meets our high standards we provide a Linkedin reference as well as references for future placements & employment.
Of the 13 internships we’ve taken since 2012 (of which 11 were for full 3 month placements) 12 of those have gone into full time positions within the industry following their time with us. We also ended up employing three of our interns right here at Leap…
So, if you are interested or know of anyone who might be, please share or contact: Matt Hocking, Leap Director
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