During my internship at Richmond Football Club I undertook a number of the daily project tasks of a graphic designer. These included designing branded collateral, updating ticketing forms, touching up photography and assisting in Grand Final presentation assets.

The internship has helped me gain a better understanding of office and administration responsibilities and what that means for in-house designers. Prior to the internship, I believed that the most enjoyable and rewarding projects emerged from studios and agencies. Since undertaking the Richmond internship, I have grown a strong appreciation for in-house design, particularly in the corporate sector.

Swinburne design student, Osama, outside Richmond Football Club during his professional placement.

Richmond has allowed me to exercise creative freedom within my internship. I didn’t expect to work on projects that allowed me to compose elements using my own discretion. The flexibility and freedom to have this personal input was something that I valued and most enjoyed about the internship.

The Club’s work environment is perhaps the most memorable aspect of my internship. The overall office dynamic is a warm and open one.

  • "All of the staff members made me feel welcome at the Club, including players, and offered to help whenever I needed it."

    Osama , Bachelor of Design

Not to mention the intense excitement in the office as the Tigers won the 2017 AFL Grand Final premiership!

Prior to the internship, I was only aware of my own skills and what that meant to stakeholders. Having been fortunate enough to see other facets of a workplace broadened my understanding of the industry and helped me to develop as an individual, as well as a designer.

I would highly recommend students complete a professional internship before the end of their studies. You’ll gain insight into the mechanics that make a company function as a collective unit and get accustomed to the professional and social cultures of the workplace.

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