I came back from Christmas break 3 weeks early with two goals: to work on my thesis and to get an internship. When I went to FH, I walked into a building insulated in marble with people coming in and out dressed in suits in downtown D.C. I wasn’t sure what FleishmanHillard was going to offer me but after getting past the formalities and into the creative suite and talking with the team and the creative directors for over an hour and a half, I felt right at home. The
hourly rate also was convincing.
At the D.C. studio, I’ve worked on all kinds of projects. My
work at FH ranges from video, stop motion, motion graphics, graphic design,
idea brainstorming, 3D modeling, going on video shoots and much more. Often, I am in in direct contact with the
client and after the first few weeks I was treated simply as an employee losing
the title “intern.” I’ve worked with Airports Council International, Glass
Production Incorporation, the American Chemistry Council, Dunkin Donuts,
Novartis, Abbott, the Kennedy Center, Abbvie, Kaust, South x Southwest and
many more. One of the biggest accomplishments I did was help make the video
that won us the Abbott Vascular contract of over 3 million dollars.
I came to the office full days on Mondays and Tuesdays and then worked a ¾ day on Thursday so I could make it back to Baltimore for my Thursday night class. Projects come and go quickly. FH has a very fast turnaround with their work, which taught me a lot about compromise and quick thinking in the art industry. I found it tough to work the internship during school not because I thought it took away from the work I did at school too much but I felt that I could be a much more valuable asset had I been working full time. That put aside, I enjoyed the work I did and the fast turnarounds were incredibly rewarding compared to the slow 3D animation process I was attempting for my thesis back in Baltimore.