What is your role at RY?
I’m a Graphic Designer and I’ve been at RY for over 10 years. The last five of those years have also involved searching, mentoring and coordinating work for the best interns.
What is the main thing an intern will gain from their time at RY?
An intern at RY will work on both live client work and internal RY projects. They are also set a personal project to run alongside their main work which they present to select groups of designers every few months. The aim of this work is to showcase their creativity and improve their presentation skills.
What do you look for in an intern?
Often the first time I see an interns work is when I click on a PDF portfolio (I prefer a PDF to a web link) so it’s got to have impact! Many students do similar briefs so you want work that stands out, and is presented well. I look for someone who can talk about their ideas, has the practical skill to rotate into each of our three creative teams (Investor engagement, Brand engagement and Customer experience), can think creatively and enjoys problem-solving. I also look for someone who I think will fit well – culture is a huge part of being at RY – having an entrepreneurial, can do, attitude and is someone who wants to get stuck into the work (and the play) is essential.
What advice would you give your student self?
Do your homework, get under the skin of the companies that you would like to work for. When you get your foot in the door, talk to everyone you can about the work you are doing, the work you want to do, your portfolio, your life! And listen, learn, and finally link up, the design world is small – everyone knows everyone – so you never know who someone might be able to introduce you too.