You get out what you put in. That’s the premise of our internship program. We thought it would be fitting to hear from our latest creative intern Nicola, about the last three months and how it’s changed her perception of the design industry after university.

I’m coming to the end of a three-month internship at One Rise East and I can’t believe where the time has gone. I moved to London so I could take this internship and naturally was a little apprehensive as I was in unknown territory. But looking back now it’s been completely worth it!

From what I had heard, internships were for making tea, filing papers and running errands. Well, my time at One Rise East has been the complete opposite! From day one I have worked on real projects for real clients. I have participated in a wide range of design tasks, big and small. From sharing ideas through to setting up artwork ready to print, working both autonomously and collaboratively for clients in different time zones. Being so involved in these projects made me feel like a part of the team, not just the intern.

I came to this internship with no industry experience, only a degree in Graphic Design. At University you’re taught to be as conceptual as possible and to break all the rules to ensure you achieve the best grade – but during my time at One Rise East I quickly learned that design isn’t just about ‘out of the box’ ideas. This alternative and more straightforward approach to design has helped me focus and improved my visual skills as well as gaining valuable commercial experience.

Working here has opened my eyes to a whole new world of design as I got to see what the interior designers got up to – no idea is too big for these guys and I love seeing their process to creating incredible spaces.

These past three months at One Rise East have been an exciting time for me and I am very grateful for the opportunity. I’ve learnt a lot from this hardworking and talented bunch and I now feel ready for the ‘real world’ and the next stage in my design career.

Written by Nicola

Good luck with all your future adventures Nicola, you will be missed! To follow Nicola, visit her site here to see what she’s been up to!