“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
Ever felt nervous and excited at the same time? Anxious as I was the first time I stepped into Heima as an intern, I was eager to learn from the field of design. We all knew about Heim/Heima either through past clients’ social media accounts or knowing about it already through word of mouth. Students are often given the opportunity to intern for them to experience the “real world”. Not often will there be a company who will help gain your full potential and encourage you to immerse yourselves in the job.
As the days went by, we all started to slowly but surely adjust to the flow of work. Our mentors made sure to expose us well in the office environment and treated us like we were part of the team. Interns were tasked to contact suppliers, revise working drawings, and even design furniture pieces. Design interns were also exposed to site visits, brainstorming sessions, and the whole process when dealing with clients.
For the actual site visits, Grab Car will definitely be your best friend! Interns went on site visits a lot, either for measurements, styling, or to accompany suppliers who needed to measure the space. We all learned to pay a lot of attention to detail. In measuring a space, you have to make sure to get every inch of every corner, or the space planning won’t be accurate, making it a domino effect.
When it comes to designing and styling, you also have to pay attention to detail because all the little details make up the whole of the design.
Design interns were tasked to do CAD work. Although this entails being seated in one spot, your mind will be running like it’s the fastest thing in the world! You’re going to be thinking of the different possibilities for the layout, at the same time, making sure that the plan is understandable to avoid delays.
Despite all the time we spent at work, we also had so much fun, looking for new places to eat at around the area, taking photoshoots as a group, eating pizza together with our officemates, having dinner with everyone, and watching Netflix when work is done.
By the end of the internship, the two teams of interns from Heim and Heima were tasked to make a design challenge that allowed us to create our own design studio and present our own ideas for a “client’s” dream space. It was very challenging but fulfilling at the same time because everything pulled through in the end.
In the end, I, and the rest of the interns felt fulfilled with all the work we’ve done and came out even more mature as individuals. We also got to work with hardworking people who motivated us the whole way through. Without the constant guidance of the people in the office who went out of their way to teach us something valuable, this whole experience would have been totally different.
Being in a new environment apart from school may be overwhelming, but Heim and Heima didn’t fail to make us feel like home. We were definitely on the go the whole internship and got to taste of how hard work really is. We learned the true value of work and how it felt good accomplishing everything on time. I didn’t think we could all learn, mature, grow and have as much fun as we did in just a span of 150 hours. More than anything, everyone became even more inspired with their chosen field. It’s definitely true that Heim/Heima makes ‘happy’ their own working philosophy.
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