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News Bites: Collaborative Design Student Lands Internship with Google

Posted March 28, 2016 in StudentNews BitesCollaborative Design

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) Collaborative Design student Aaron Porter will be spending his summer in California to take part in the highly competitive Google internship program. Only a small percentage of the tens of thousands of internship applications received by the company each year are accepted.

Collaborative Design student Aaron PorterAaron Porter (credit: Jeen Na)

Porter, who will be graduating in the fall of 2016, will be working as a user experience designer, helping to design products for YouTube, which is owned by Google. While the application process for the internship was intense, Porter says the experience will go a long way towards helping him develop his career after he graduates.

“The key thing is just getting your work out there. I never would have gotten this opportunity if I didn’t push myself.”

Landing an internship with one of the largest and most lucrative tech companies in the world is the stuff of dreams, but as Porter says, if you don’t advocate for your own work, these opportunities just don’t happen.

“I was cold calling and cold emailing people that don’t really owe me anything. And it’s kind of awkward, but most people are fine with it; they’ll respond and be willing to help you out. If you have good work, if you’re a nice person and you’re interested in design work, they’ll help you. You’ve got to be a little brave and make it happen. If this is what you want to do, you’ve just got to go do it.”
 

See more of Aaron Porter’s work at aaronporter.co.

Learn more about KCAD’s Collaborative Design program at kcad.edu/collaborativedesign.

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