DePaul Diaries: Life as a Multimedia Intern

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


Emily Goedken, an Animation major, recently completed a graphic design internship at Geater Machining and Manufacturing, Co. (GMM). In her role as a graphic design intern, Emily had the opportunity to create print projects, video campaigns and work with Geater’s Student Outreach program. Although Emily started out as graphic design intern, her role quickly expanded; she was offered the role as a multimedia intern. Emily said some of her favorite projects were developing YouTube videos and designing T-shirts.

Emily had a lot to say about her experiences at GMM, but she said her favorite aspect was the “company atmosphere.”

“I grew up down the street from GMM and never really knew what they did,” Emily explained. “Now I know they made a part that went into space, [they make] the radio bodies that keep our military personnel safe…and, almost every new Boeing 747 contains a few GMM parts. It’s really neat to be involved with a company whose parts span not only the globe, but also space.”

During her internship, Emily said she learned how to analyze existing multimedia programs and write proposals on how to improve them. Ultimately, she had the opportunity to create materials for a company in an industry she previously had no knowledge of and was thankful for the chance to try new things!

Perseverance is Key:

Originally, Emily had applied to a different position at GMM, but was not accepted. However, she kept in contact with the company, and was later informed about the graphic design role. Emily didn’t let her past attempt deter her, and applied for the new position. Her initiative and continued interest in the company gave her an advantage when applying for the second position. If you’re really interested in working for a company, don’t give up even if you aren’t offered the first position you apply for. Remember, employers take into account your interest and continued efforts, and may just contact you when they see a new position open up.

Corporate Social Responsibility:

Coupled with her great experience at GMM, Emily took UIP 254: Corporate Social Responsibility. In the class, she “learned about how companies contribute to their communities and the world, for better or worse.” Emily would recommend this course to other students; it can open your eyes to how companies give back to their communities. 

Lessons Learned:

Emily said her one piece of advice for future interns is to experience new avenues. This will help you decide what career path and industry to work in long-term.

It’s important to keep in mind that even manufacturing or finance companies, for example, have use for a graphic design intern or a social media manager. It’s great to branch out and see how different companies and industries operate!


Want to learn more about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.

DePaul Diaries: Life as a Social Media Intern

By: Renee Radzom, DePaul University graduate, former University Internship Program (UIP) assistant

DePaul Diaries is a day-in-the-life blog series written by DePaul students. The series unveils DePaulians’ experiences as interns in their field of choice. Students share their honest thoughts about their experiences, what they learned as an intern and advice for students who are interested in the same field.


Have you ever wondered who’s behind the scenes on all of those social media accounts for your favorite brands and companies? Have you ever wanted to be the one creating all the funny and captivating posts you see on your timeline? Well, James Breslin, a Digital Cinema and Business Marketing major had the opportunity to be a social media manager during his internship at Facets Multimedia.

HiResJames originally found out about the opportunity to work at Facets during his freshman and sophomore years at DePaul, but finally decided to apply on Handshake this year as a junior. James’ official role was Social Media/Marketing Intern, but he spent a lot of time running the companies’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr accounts. He gained valuable experience in the social media world, as he spent much of his time writing copy for the accounts and other advertising initiatives. James said this experience was crucial to honing his practical skills, since, “[he] was given a lot of freedom, allowing [him] to set his own goals and problem solve in ways that worked for [him].”

While James said he really enjoyed his experience as a Facets intern, he was initially hesitant to accept the position because it was unpaid. However, he said, “I felt as though I was getting a good experience out of it, especially working for a nonprofit, and so I never felt as though I was putting in less effort just because I was not getting paid.” James’ experience with Facets shows that while unpaid internships aren’t for everyone, if you can afford to, they are still just as worthwhile.

I felt as though I was getting a good experience out of it, especially working for a nonprofit…

Along with the skills he worked to develop through the internship, James also worked on his professional development through the UIP 250: You, Your Work and the World class. James really enjoyed the class, as it gave him perspective on the professional world and helped him identify and apply the skills from his internship into a professional environment. He also said that the biggest thing he took from the course was the ability to market himself; James said he learned how to do this through a class assignment where he had to create a portfolio of all of the materials he worked on over his DePaul career.

Lastly, James said that the biggest piece of advice he would offer to future interns would be to “have a very positive attitude while working, as it makes all the difference in the world.” He also recommended networking with as many people as possible during an internship so these new connections can help down the line with references/recommendations and other job opportunities.


Want to learn more about DePaul’s University Internship Program? Check it out, here, or send inquiries to UIP@depaul.edu. Need help finding an internship? Visit depaul.joinhandshake.com, or come into DePaul’s Career Center to meet with an advisor.