Laura Polaski ’08: Designing a Future
Graphic Design major Laura Polaski '08 wanted experience before going out into the real world. She knew having experience would help her to attract potential employers. With that in mind, she found an internship in Arcadia’s Office of University Relations and her ambition paid off.
“My internship at UR helped me gain experience working in an in-house graphic design department,” says Polaski. “I was able to apply my creative skills and the talent that I had developed at Arcadia University.”
As an intern, Polaski designed and managed the "Let's Go" online Web ads, designed the student activities calendar for spring 2008 and formatted copy and designed ads for Arcadia magazine.
“The internship exposed me to design programs that I wasn't exposed to in class and that I now use on a daily basis for my job,” she says. “I was also given real deadlines on specific projects and jobs, which is very important in the advertising industry I am apart of now.”
Polaski currently works as a Production Artist for Universal Health Services, Inc. in King of Prussia. Her responsibilities include designing advertisements, creating Web banners and flash projects, and assisting the graphic designers with print jobs.
“The design field is very competitive and employers are looking for experience,” she says. “You don't get ‘real’ experience in the classroom so it is best to go out and look for it yourself. Even if the internship doesn't pay, volunteering your time will benefit you and help you get a real job once you graduate college.”