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15th Mar, 2012 Supporting Design Talent
Waters Creative is pleased to be working in partnership with Swansea Metropolitan University’s Graphic Design department to offer hands-on work experience to third year students.
The aim of the collaboration is to enable the students to demonstrate their design skills in a ‘real’ working environment. The benefit is substantial to the young people when they graduate and are looking for work, demonstrating genuine experience in a developing design agency.
Commenting on this opportunity open to his students, David LaGrange, Graphic Design Programme Director at Swansea Metropolitan University says: “Waters Creative has been very generous in providing our students with a real opportunity to experience a professional working environment. It will not only enhance their portfolio and CV, but also give them an insight in to what it takes to be successful in what is a very competitive business.”
A total of 18 students will be taking up this internship opportunity at Waters Creative on a rotational basis.
Explains Waters Creative Director Rhian, “We were originally planning to offer internships to five or six students but the response was so phenomenal that we have extended the opportunity to 18 design graduates. It was really encouraging when the department head told us that the list, which went up late one evening, was full with volunteers by the next morning.
“This demonstrates the recognition by the students of the value of our internships and we are extremely excited to welcome them into our business.
“We already have a strong working relationship with the University through support that we give to students by helping them with job interview techniques. We see this new initiative as the next step in our commitment to supporting and encouraging young, local talent.”
The Waters Creative internships began in March 2012 with each student spending three days working on specific design projects within the company. Each will then be able to add this work to their educational portfolio for future employment.