I knew this internship would be special from the beginning. The first question Drew asked me was: which superhero represented me the most? By default I chose Hulk because my first responses had been taken. But there was no reason to ever turn green. The internship was definitely a positive one. Not only did I get to work with three design all-stars that gave me the same respect that they gave each other, I also got to work on real-world projects and get a taste of how a design firm works.

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I learned how professionals work through the creative process. I was encouraged to find out that they are human (only before they step into the phone booth located in the front room) and ask for help if they need it. It’s a team effort, but they do allow their individual strengths to show.

Coming from the UNO/Metro design program, I have always felt out of place. It was like I was on my own island and didn’t belong with “design people.” Oxide was the opposite; it felt like home. It felt like working with three friends. I actually enjoyed the 30-minute drive at 8 in the morning and was excited to Hulk Smash any design problem that Oxide assigned to me. Drew, Joe, and Adam provided a relaxed, professional atmosphere, which makes it very difficult to leave. If one could describe what a graphic design dream job is, it would be Oxide.

I will miss the weekend banter at traffic meetings, the trips to Bucky’s, and Taco Tuesdays. (I will NOT miss the Metro maps.)

I knew Oxide would make me a better designer. I knew interning at Oxide would make my design friends jealous. I knew Oxide would help transition me from student to a professional. But what I didn’t know was that graphic design is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Thank you Adam, Joe, and Drew for a truly unique experience, believing in my work, and allowing me to be a part of the Oxide team for the summer.

Note: Jeffrey Dennis was an intern at Oxide during the summer of 2010.