My instruction is to summarize my intern experience. Wow. Tall order. Being an intern has been a learning curve to say the least. It's been stretching, exciting, eye-opening, rewarding, discouraging at times, but a very good experience overall. I've learned soooo much about the furniture industry that I couldn't possibly learn in the classroom. I basically re-learned AutoCAD, became acquainted with Project Spec, which is a finish and pricing software, and used Excel and Photoshop occasionally.
My experience at Innerspaice has been really crucial in helping hone my professionalism skills. Because I've worked so much with the clients on the projects I've been involved in, it has pushed me to be professional from my attire to my handshake to email correspondence, phone manners, and more! Being in the workplace, rather than the classroom, has affected me more than I originally thought. I've had to be professional in all my communication and learn to double check everything before giving it to the client. Being thorough in my work is something I've always taken pride in, but Bonnie (one of the designers here) has taken it to a whole new level. She checks and triple checks everything and even gets someone else to check it for her if needed.
Teamwork and communication are two other skills I've been able to develop this summer. In the classroom, for the most part, I work as an individual entity. Here, I always work with a partner and have to be really intentional about communicating with them about what I'm working on and the same for them.
Below are some projects I've helped with! (most of which I won't be able to see completed, unfortunately..they are only in phase 1)
The first one is for an engineering company called REEL and the bottom two are for Stephen L Klimjack's law firm.
Haworth love and mine,
Emily the Intern