Intern Corner: Small Victories Turn Into Big Lessons

By: Kaitlin Hogan

The summer internship program at STG Design has exceeded all of my expectations and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to work with the people at this company. Coming into the interior design industry with no professional experience was scary at first but once I got the hang of the “nine-to-five” work day, I realized that this is what my teachers have been preparing me for. All of the information that I learned in my materials, codes and studio classes came back to me as certain jobs popped up. Having the background in these topics as well as the basics of Revit helped me immensely.

One of the biggest adjustments was understanding the true constraints of budget and lead time. In school, there is not a huge focus on costs or schedule; we are able to choose whatever we want and keep a budget in the back of our mind but it is nothing like having a hard-set budget. For a project I worked on at STG, I had to find light fixtures of a certain price point that needed to have a two-week lead time. If I were in school, I would have used the first fixture that I found; with these real projects, I had to first find a fixture that I liked then compare it to the project budget. My coworkers gave me helpful tips for websites to search and reps to contact to make the search more effective. Once I found a fixture that I liked and was in the price point, I had to contact the sales rep to see how long it would take to get the fixture. If it would take more than two weeks, I had to start the process all over again. The reality of this was at times frustrating, but once I found the perfect fixture that fit all of the criteria, it was a small victory.

It has truly been a pleasure working at STG Design this summer and I am happy to say that I will continue to work part-time throughout the fall semester. I have learned so much from this experience and will apply the skills I have learned to my remaining time at Texas State University. 

Kaitlin Hogan was a summer intern in STG's Austin office. She will continue working here part-time as she finishes up her schooling at Texas State University, where she is on track to graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. We are excited to see where her career takes her after graduation!