Priority Architectural Graphics has been hosting summer interns at our Bayview corporate office and fabrication facility for several years. Interns cycle throughout the various departments at our San Francisco architectural sign company including design, project management, operations and fabrication and painting. Interns learn how to use various production machines and the software associated with them, including laser cutters, 3D printers and digital print technologies.
In addition to giving youth sign design and fabrication work experience, we facilitate their personal and creative development by working with them on a “personal logo.” The interns first work closely with our graphic design team to collect images and inspiration for their logo to finalize their design. Then they use our production facilities to produce their logo in various media including laser cut acrylic & digitally print decals and stickers.
Our 2018 summer intern, Analei Garcia, came to us through the internship programs at Enterprise For Youth, a nonprofit founded in 1969 to help high school youth learn new skills for job training and readiness. Enterprise provides a 10-week training program for high school students building essential skills such as resume and cover letter writing, phone and web etiquette, professional dress and overall workplace professionalism. All program participants learn and practice professional skills such as business communication, customer service, conflict resolution and money management.
After completing job readiness training, Enterprise youth explore careers, develop on-the-job skills, and make valuable networking connections through internship experiences. Offered both during the school year as well as in the summer, these highly sought-after opportunities are very competitive at Enterprise and interns also receive a generous stipend and college credit at the successful completion of the program.
Analei graduated on July 27th from Enterprise and she plans on majoring in Computer Science when she starts as a freshman at UC Davis this fall. Her logo was inspired by a circuit board and incorporates her initials, AG.
“Interning at Priority Architectural Graphics was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. As an intern, I was able to shadow the various departments and witnessed the passion everyone put into their work. In addition, the sense of community and universal acceptance present in the office made me become more excited to become a young professional. Everyone was supportive of me and allowed me to channel my creativity, especially when it came to creating my own personal logo. I am proud to say that I have interned for a small company with a lot of diversity and am very grateful for this unforgettable opportunity.“