Ask a former intern: Production Designer Derek Steinweg

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 Derek Steinweg, an alum of our 2014 program, and now a Production Designer, had to say.

Describe the culture of VSA using words that begin with V, S, and A

Very Social Atmosphere

What helped you get through some of the more busy days at VSA?

One major thing that helped me get through the busy days was taking a moment to go to the kitchen and grab a snack.

What surprised you the most about your internship with VSA?

What surprised me most about the internship was some of the projects I worked on. I was able to participate in a wide variety of projects and was able to go offsite on photoshoots.

What made VSA stand out among other agencies you were looking at?

The big thing that made VSA stand out to me was the work and clients.

What are some industry tips you learned while interning that you still use today?

I learned that when asked to estimate how long something will take to put in a little extra time. Things tend to take a little longer than I initially think.