Design Projects, Oxford Commas, & The Lit Corner: A Summer at 3Points

We celebrated the last week of Anna’s internship with an architecture cruise on the Chicago River.

What did you learn about PR over the course of your internship?

I learned about the daily tasks of a PR pro: I created media lists, wrote a client proposal, pitched influencers, assisted with interview prep documents, went to client meetings, etc. I also learned that the most valuable skills are the least tangible — perseverance, the ability to take rejections in stride, and really rolling up your sleeves to get the job done. The highly-motivated and experienced team members at 3Points were the best teachers I could have had for a summer internship.

What new skills did you pick up?

I got to try my hand at some design this summer, which I wasn’t expecting to be as important to me as it ended up being. Canva is a very simplified version of the Adobe design software, but it was a lot of fun to create marketing materials for both 3Points and other organizations we’re involved with. It also inspired me to register for a design course at school this coming semester, so that I can learn about Photoshop, InDesign, and the rest of the creative cloud.

What was your favorite project you worked on?

It’s a close call between doing an audit of one of our clients’ Twitter followers and designing our first leave-behind brochure, but in the end I’d have to pick the brochure. Redesigning it three different times to try to get it to where I wanted it didn’t always feel fun, but it was an opportunity for me to use my creativity to build something that our team can use to our advantage and showcase who we are. During the last week of my internship I got to collaborate with our resident grammar genius, Katie O’Shea, on the first ever 3Points Style Guide! As someone with very strong opinions about Oxford comma usage, it was a dream come true to put together guidelines for the company to use in our writing.

What were your most memorable moments here? Or most memorable day?

Everyday is memorable when you work with such colorful people! But if I had to choose some of my favorite moments, they would include (in no particular order) going on bakery runs with Chris Cris, teaching my coworkers how to stay culturally relevant, witnessing Mike Cavanaugh’s dabs, and being a founding member of the coolest corner of the office (aka “The Lit Corner”), along with Sam and aforementioned Chris.

What did you enjoy most about being in Chicago for the summer?

Yet another toss up, but this time it’s between the food I got to eat and all the activities I did. Blue Door Kitchen and Garden was a three minute walk from my apartment, and I could eat their beignets for the rest of my life. I also loved Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba in Lincoln Park — it wasn’t Spain but I’d say it was a pretty good tapas experience.

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