Our interns this summer are talented in so many ways. Brianna reflects on what brought her to the museum, and why she enjoys working here.

Hi! I’m Brianna. This summer, I am the Graphic Design Intern for the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. I’m originally from Charleston, South Carolina, but I’ve been a proud resident of Virginia Beach for the past four years.

I applied for this internship simply because it was at a museum. As a graphic design student, most of the projects we complete for class are creating things for businesses that don’t exist, or rebranding businesses we have a lot of prior knowledge about. I knew that working at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum would force me to adapt to a different surrounding and obtain knowledge that I wasn’t privy to already. My curriculum doesn’t require an internship, but I knew it would be essential to my foundation as a designer to have a range of work environments and experiences.

Currently, the museum staff is working on a multitude of new programs and events. My job is to effectively get a message across to the target audience through visual artwork. I create a variety of visual elements to do this.

As a graphic designer, you have the possibility of working anywhere, from a large corporation to a small, in-house production studio. Because this museum is so small, I feel that it’s given me such an insight on the importance of relationships. We’re all getting to know each other, but it’s refreshing to be able to brainstorm with others at the drop of a dime. I know how the other interns’ weekend was, in the midst of naming and branding our next museum event. We work in different areas, but it’s such a positive environment to be in. At the end of this internship, I am hoping to leave a unique standard of branding that the museum continues.

Brianna is completing her Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Norfolk State University. We look forward to following her successful career!