Timothy Collins, a student in the Academy of Art University's School of Web Design & New Media, was selected for a prestigious fall internship at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.


Internships are on the agenda of many of today’s students, but few of them can expect to perform on a level comparable to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. That’s been the opportunity this fall for Timothy Collins, from the Academy of Art University’s School of Web Design & New Media.

From September to mid-December, 2013, Collins worked in the graphic design division of the center’s advertising department. Administered by the DeVos Institute for Arts Management, his internship involved creating high-profile marketing materials for the center’s events.

Design by Timothy Collins

Collins describes his time at the Kennedy Center as nothing less than “a life-changing experience.”

In the process, he designed brochures, posters, signs and web-related content for some world-renowned performances. “More importantly, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented designers, who have pushed me to put what I’ve learned in the classroom into real-world practice,” he says.

You might say his background prior to studying at the Academy was perfect preparation for both the Academy and the Kennedy Center internship. After graduating from high school, Collins devoted 10 years to theater management before deciding to follow his lifelong passion to become a designer. He enrolled online at the Academy and settled a few years ago with wife and two yellow Labs in Alexandria, Va.

Design by Timothy Collins
Design by Timothy Collins

Collins previously interned for Live Unchained, a nonprofit that promotes the arts; the Society for Human Resource Management, where he contributed layouts and covers for its award-winning, internationally distributed magazine; and APCO Worldwide, a public relations firm.

He expects to receive his BFA in spring 2014. Learn more about Timothy Collins’ work at RellikDesigns.com.

Learn more about DeVos Institute internships.

Tags: Web Design & New Media,  Undergraduate Students