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Friday Intern Feature: Julia

2-22-2019 | Blog

Friday Intern Feature: Julia

Studio:
Seattle

University: 
UW

What was the best concert you ever attended?
I went to see Pearl Jam. I bought tickets the day of in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I found out about the festival the day of and we bought tickets. It was funny. I was in South America and saw a local Seattle band. There were the most people there I’ve ever seen. It was packed.

Where’s your favorite place in the world. Why?
My parents’ house. The house I grew up in. I traveled a lot when I was younger, but my parents’ place is probably my favorite place in the world. Feels like home. It’s where I grew up, it’s where they still are. They’ve had that house for like 40 years, it’s pretty cute.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Some of the best food I’ve ever had was at a real bougie restaurant in London. But some of the best food that I’ve ever had was when I was camping. IT was freezing, I went snow camping, and I was freezing my butt off. We made a fire and made like really bad tacos. We had ground beef and really crap taco shells from the grocery store. But we roasted them over the fire and it was so cold and we were tired from hiking all day. I had those tacos and they were the best thing I’ve ever eaten.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
I really want to go to eastern Europe. Vienna, Austria, India… there’s so many places I really want to go. Switzerland, Ethopia… Ah I have to pick one. Ok, I’d really like to go do a tour of Egypt along the Nile and go see ancient architecture. That would be awesome.

Which four individuals, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most?
James Joyce because I feel like he’d be drunk and funny. Meryl Streep, I love her. She’d be a great party guest. Gordon Ramsey and Mary Berry from the Great British Bake Off.

What drew you to Miller Hull?
The quality of the work. I knew their reputation for having really, really quality work, which isn’t something I see other places in Seattle. The standard they hold their work to is really high. I was really drawn to their sensitivity. I could almost tell there was patience in their work and poetry in what they create. I don’t know, there’s like a slowness. There’s something really fast at other firms that are more go, go go, and just pumping it out. There’s consideration and thoughtfulness in Miller Hull’s work that I appreciate.

What does a day look like for you?
Get in around 8, check email, make my first cup of tea (of many), chat a bit (probably too much), work on graphics, check in with members of the team, maybe have a meeting in the afternoon. Print out some sheets of what I’m working. Have another cup of tea. Mostly graphic work. Also learning a lot. I feel like my job here is also just to learn. It’s producing as well, but I feel like my job as an intern is to absorb as much as I can in the time that I have. So, I feel like I’m just learning all day. I’m learning from people that just know so much here.

What projects have you worked on/are currently working on?
I’m currently working on a couple models for the new Health Sciences project. I worked on the pursuit for that too. That was so fun that I got to work on the pursuit when we didn’t have the project and now that we have the project, I’m working on the model for it. It’s come kind of full circle. It’s seeing part of that what you don’t get in school is the timeline of projects that go much longer than anything you do in studio. It’s nice to see the evolution of the project.

Is this internship what you were expecting? Why or why not?
I would’ve thought interns had no say, just shut up and sit in the corner. It’s been such a different experience of just feeling like a part of the team. Feeling involved with what’s going on. I imagine it’s what it’s like to work here. I’m getting a really good sense, of course I have less responsibility, but the sense I get is that they don’t treat interns any differently. I was really surprised by that. I thought it’d feel really different being an intern than an employee. And it has felt like that before, but not here. It’s much more egalitarian.

What has been your favorite part of the internship so far?
It’s a really cool culture here. People are friendly. I’ve liked the things outside the office. DP is really cool. I enjoy talking to people in the kitchen. Just meeting so many really nice people that have so much expertise. Getting to work on things that I’m proud of. That’s the biggest thing. Getting to work on projects and getting the privilege to work on things that I’m excited and proud to work on. That’s an incredible gift. I feel really lucky to work on things I’m excited about and get to see other people excited about. Everyone’s excited. No one’s like “my job sucks.” Like parts may suck, but overall everyone’s excited and passionate.

What has been the most challenging?
Waking up early! Figuring out how to VPN. Shout out to Doug. To be honest, people are really helpful. If something is a challenge, I could complain but there are so many people to help you.