Last semester, Anderson University senior Candice Huntsman gained valuable experience in visual communication design during her internship with the Indianapolis Business Journal. Huntsman credits the reputation of the AU art program and its professors with helping her land the opportunity.
“AU’s reputation with art students is incredible. Even though we go to a small school, we still have a great reputation all over,” said Huntsman. “When I first interviewed for the graphic design internship, the representatives at the Indianapolis Business Journal didn’t even know me except for the fact that I went to AU, and that was all they needed to know to hire me.”
With the IBJ producing the Indianapolis Business Journal every week, The Indiana Lawyer every two weeks, and The Court and Commercial Record three times a week, Huntsman quickly learned the importance of deadlines. After two interns from other schools left the program, Huntsman was trusted with more responsibility.
“I was always on the go. I started with going off ad templates and working with clients to actually starting from scratch and sending out my work to clients without going through anyone. They put a lot of faith and trust in me, and that’s what I loved about the IBJ,” said Huntsman.
Kevin Rudynski, professor of art and chair of the Department of Art+Design, initially encouraged Huntsman to apply for the internship. “He pushed me to really want this internship, said Huntsman. “He was always checking in on me to make sure I sent in my materials in time. He encouraged me and pushed me in a way that definitely helped my success.”
At the conclusion of her internship, Huntsman reflected on all the skills she brought into IBJ from AU and how IBJ has shaped her in many different ways. “Some of the courses at AU — like design methodology — really helped me and were extremely applicable for my position at the IBJ,” said Huntsman. “The IBJ put a lot of faith in me, relied on me to work under pressure, and encouraged me to make the deadlines no matter what.”
The internship also helped remind Huntsman why she chose AU in the first place. “I looked into many art schools but nothing caught my eye like the community of the art department here on AU’s campus,” said Huntsman. “The best thing about the art department is that we're all each others encouragers. Without some of the people there, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
— Katie Wenclewicz is a sophomore from Anderson, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Wenclewicz is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.