Elena Khokhrina

29 June – 27 August 2010
Moscow Academy of Industry and Finance

While other students spent their holidays by the sea, I took my internship at Art. Lebedev Studio. Working here made me realize that if you really, really want to achieve a goal and every day take some tangible steps towards it, you will no doubt succeed. Throughout my internship I’ve never been tired because I was doing what other people needed and I was of help to the studio. There wasn’t a morning when I woke up thinking I didn’t want to go to work. But the most important thing is that I was right when I chose my major—I really want to be a project manager. And that’s because I’ve worked with good people and professionals.

The internship at Art. Lebedev Studio offers a unique chance to participate in large projects and understand what kind of people make corporate identities, website interfaces and unusual objects.

I had to learn to bring each task to a logical conclusion. If you come up with some ideas when working on a task, you are more than welcome to share them with the rest of the team, and perhaps they will not only be taken into account but used in the project. We met once a week to discuss our progress: at first we needed around three hours, while the last meetings lasted for only an hour—we started to better understand what was expected of us.

The work process in the studio is based on fast communication between employees. When you need a quick response, you get it. Communication is free of bureaucracy and tasks are completed much faster, as you don’t have to go through any formalities. That is all because at the studio right things are done in the right way, which is especially important in the design industry. The studio gives you excellent experience that as I believe you can’t find anywhere else. Now I feel like the Big Four companies have lost their appeal to me as a young specialist in finance, management and economics. Cubicle life, uniforms, your carrier depending on who you go to lunch with—that’s not for me. At the studio, you quickly realize what you’re worth and learn that self-education is more important than academic training. The main thing is common sense. Art. Lebedev Studio has it. Thank you, Studio, for the experience you gave me.

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