Every Moore student gets $1,000 toward a paid internship between their junior and senior years, and receives career support through the Locks Career Center and a two-part professional development course. Could YOU be the next Internship All-Star? Read on to meet our first All-Star, Tyler Shea ’19, graphic designer at Philadelphia-based branding and web design agency Push10.
Before Moore alum Tyler Shea ’19 became a designer at Push10, a Philadelphia-based branding and web design agency, she was given the opportunity to earn her design chops there as a summer intern, while completing her Graphic Design degree at Moore.
It was through Moore’s established internship program that Shea first learned about Push10, in the spring of 2018. At the time, web design was of particular interest to Shea, and she was impressed with the diversity of Push10’s work.
“Push10 did a lot of mission-based work at that time for local businesses and nonprofits, like Philabundance,” she says. Today, Push10 has expanded their clientele to an even greater number of industries nationwide.
In addition to key professional development courses and resources available through Moore’s Locks Career Center, Moore’s Graphic Design professors were instrumental in supporting Shea’s summer internship search.
“I remember that my design courses at Moore were structured in a way that allowed me to have complete projects to put in my portfolio that were relevant to wherever I was applying,” she says. “We had creative liberties under our professors, but we were always reminded to be strategic and to make sure that our projects were polished and high-quality enough to show to creative professionals.”
“The Great American Eclipse,” samples from an editorial design/illustration project by Tyler Shea ’19, with art direction by Graphic Design faculty member Dorothy Funderwhite.
While interning at Push10, Shea had the opportunity to work on smaller client projects in print and web-based applications, as well as internal marketing projects. Push10 then went one step further, crafting a fun, creative prompt for Shea, to set up her own fictitious client project. Shea conceptualized a clever dog-walking app called Running Buddy, and the Push10 team jumped on board and wrote a creative brief around her design concept. Shea created designs for the project from start to finish, including a branding logo, a wireframe and a website design. She was able to prototype her Running Buddy website and, during her senior year at Moore, she built upon the concept in one of her animation classes.
Running Buddy logo, web home page and sticker design by Tyler Shea ’19
Her biggest takeaway during her summer internship? “A design agency is fast-paced, collaborative and [the work is] very quality driven,” she says. “It was highly rewarding and super fun to be among a group of people who were working towards a shared goal of doing great work.”
Shea’s 2018 summer internship was a pivotal and rewarding experience overall, later opening the door for a full-time role as a junior designer after graduation, thanks to her dynamic senior-year animation project for Running Buddy. In a short span of time, Shea has since been promoted to a designer and is excited about her future career growth.
Tyler Shea ’19 at her Push10 internship, summer 2018.
Shea’s advice for future Moore students: “Learn how to talk about your work. This is an area that new designers can struggle with when delivering design work to clients. It takes tons of practice. Keep talking about your work. And do freelance work, too!”