An Intern's Life

Straight from his third year studying Creative Digital Media at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, student Lee Curtis joined the Webfactory team for a 12-week internship, the idea being to experience working life at the coal face of a professional digital agency. Here’s what Lee tells us about his time at Webfactory and how his internship helped him better understand the industry.

What did you hope to achieve when starting your internship and did you succeed?

I was really interested in seeing how a professional website company worked. I thought it was important to see how much of a leap it would be from studying web development in college. I also wanted to improve my design and development skills. I had already spent 3 years in college, using the Adobe Creative Suite and coding with HTML, CSS and JavaScript but I wanted to sharpen my skills and pick up some tips. I also wanted to see the Webfactory design and development team process.

After 12 weeks I have succeed in getting an inside look at how Webfactory works. I got to work with many of the design and development team, and I’ve also got some new tips and skills when it comes to design and development. I learnt about some useful resources like blogs and apps from working alongside the teams. I even got to learn 3 new Content Management Systems.

Tells us about your responsibilities.

My first project was to make web page slides for a client using Adobe Edge. It was my first time using Edge, however I’m used to using the Adobe Suite so I quickly got the hang of it. I also did a few research and SEO projects, they were pretty useful as I was still doing a digital marketing module in college while interning. So I got to study SEO in college and got to put it in practice in Webfactory. I designed some mobile and desktop pages in Photoshop. I also worked on planning and filming social media videos for a client, along with sitting in on some meetings and helped to run workshops and done some photography.

What’s your favourite thing you worked on?

The Adobe Edge web slides. I got to learn a new software, work on my design and animation skills along with my JavaScript coding skills. When the file I was working on once got a corrupted code I had to manually find it and remove it.

What challenges did you face while working at Webfactory?

Learning everyone’s name along with sending Slack messages to the wrong people! Learning the software like Adobe Edge and Screaming Frog was a little tricky. Learning to use 3 different CMS systems was also very challenging.

What advice would you give to people applying for an internship?

Pinterest CV’s, it’s helpful to get an A1 CV. I was in the meeting room before my interview started so I had time to stick my own website up on the projector to show off all my work. LinkedIn is helpful too.

What’s next on your list?

Try and take over the world! But what I have booked is finishing my exam this year. Then onto the J1 to Camp Chateauguay in upstate New York where I will be a counsellor and video editor for 2 months, then travelling America for a month. Then back to finish my 4th year at ITB and get my Degree.

Lee, the whole team at Webfactory would like to thank you for your amazing work. We wish you good luck with your exam and J1 and hope to see you soon!

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Anna Pospieszynska

Social Media Manager

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Anna is Social Media Manager at Webfactory and works in the field of social media management, monitoring, and advertising.

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