Coming into college, students hear the word “internships” from day one until graduation. While most students know they need real world experience, one of our very own Mustangs has taken this definition to another level. She’s completed five internships while balancing a resident assistant (RA) schedule and playing on the women’s soccer team. Oh, and she also has been a manager at the trendy 344 store in Newton Center. She says, “No big deal,” but we think otherwise.

The Intern Queen

As a graphic design major, Heather Harrington ’13 first decided to become a super intern when she read about Lauren Berger, also known as “Intern Queen”. Berger, herself, worked at 15 internships during her four years of college and is now CEO of InternQueen.com, an online internship site. Similar to the Intern Queen, Harrington has tracked down internships and continues to strive for what’s next.

“It definitely takes a ‘Type A’ personality to complete both classes and internships,”’ said Harrington. “I thrive on being busy, but know my limits. I live, breathe, and think design all of the time and hope that it will pay off when I graduate in May.”

Kiss 108 Internship

During the fall 2012, Harrington landed a high-profile internship working on the “Matty in the Morning” show at Kiss 108 FM Radio. Although arriving at the station at 4 a.m. was no easy task, Harrington has experienced a fast-paced working environment and is an expert at meeting deadlines.

“While the hosts were on-air, I researched the topics before each segment and edited sound bites,” recalls Harrington. “I was expected to walk into the recording studio with ready-to-go material, so I had to be prepared.”

Senior Year and Job Hunting

Looking ahead, Harrington is excited for her senior thesis show in May and graduation. Ultimately, she wants to work at an agency where she can share her creativity with clients. Harrington believes her School of Design’s professors’ honest feedback has helped her reach her full potential as a graphic designer.

“If you’re passionate about your work, you don’t mind staying up until the early morning to produce the best product possible,” stated Harrington. “It’s simple, you want to push boundaries and will do anything it takes to get there.”