Ask a former intern: Designer Hoang Truong

It’s that time of year again—internship-hunting season. Recent grads (and students) are looking for real-world experiences to help shape their career paths, and companies are welcoming young talent inside their doors for on-the-job opportunities that benefit both parties. At VSA, we pride our program on its ability to build the professional credentials of college students and recent graduates. Our interns work across branding, design, marketing, and technology on real projects for VSA clients. We aim to teach best practices from teams and mentors while building a professional network in a rapidly growing industry.

As VSA gears up for hiring summer 2016 interns (official internship postings will go live Friday, January 29), we will be publishing a series of Q&As with VSA-interns-turned-employees about their summer stints at the company. Here is what Hoang Truong, an alum of our 2015 program, and now a Designer, had to say.

Describe the culture of VSA using words that begin with V, S, and A.
Visionaries, Sociable. Achievers

What helped you get through some of the more busy days at VSA?
A latte with two shots of espresso and my VSA dotted grid paper.

What surprised you the most about your internship with VSA?
Not only did I gain a better understanding of the fast moving field of design, but I’ve made invaluable connections with the talented people here.  Being a part of this company and the circle of friends from my intern class have helped me set my roots here in Chicago.

What made VSA stand out among other agencies you were looking at?
I fell in love with some of the work I saw on our website and many design publications. I wanted to be a part of that creation of beautiful, conceptual work that elevated brands. Even though I interviewed remotely hundreds of miles away, I could still feel the sense of passion and love for the work.

What kind of projects did you work on?
Iconography & Banner work for digital platforms and Illustrations & Infographs for social media.

What are some industry tips you learned while interning that you still use today?
Ask questions always. Be confident in your work. Iterate, Iterate, Iterate. Learn to find stock imagery (You’ll never escape this part of the gig!).