Q&A with Colab Intern #1: Nate MakuchAs part of the Portland Ad Federation’s awesome Colaboratory program, we get two different interns this summer — for three weeks apiece. It’s short lived, but it gives the handful of really talented youngsters a chance to experience aspects of agency-life in a few places. And it’s a lot of fun for us. Our first intern of the summer is Nate Makuch — a pretty fantastic digital art student at the University of Oregon.
Nate-dog, give us the 140-character summary of yourself. My mantra is “dress fancy, act casual.” Also, I thought strawberries were called “Byah-byahs” for an inappropriately large amount of my childhood.
How’d you find out about Colab and why did you apply? Colab followed me on Twitter. I applied because I was interested in advertising and I also wanted to expand my portfolio beyond publication design. My major is digital art, so I’m relatively new to this world.
What do you think of your agency experiences so far? It’s given me really good insight into what it’s like to work for an agency. It’s also been great to actually have responsibilities that are entrusted to me. It’s a very unique environment, and I like that it attracts people who are not just talented, but also cool and fun to work with.
What’s your favorite part about having Colab in Portland? I’m from Portland, so it’s been great to come back home and see the city as more of an adult. Being 21 is definitely a plus as well.
What are your daily go-to websites? Coverjunkie.com, reddit.com, behance.net, Facebook, Twitter. Mostly Reddit… don’t judge.
If you have 30 minutes to kill, what do you like to do? Probably either browse reddit or design something. I’m very fortunate in that my hobby (design) aligns perfectly with my career path. Not many people have that, and I definitely recognize how lucky I am to have had the luxury discovering that.
Craziest thing you’ve seen so far in Portland? The other day I witnessed a man not compost a banana peel.