Patrick Dowell
Creative Media and Entertainment major, Strategic Communication: Public Relations and Advertising and Spanish minors
Barrington, Illinois 

Where are you interning and how did you learn about this internship?
I am interning at Phelps Creative House, a creative marketing agency based out of Broad Ripple. The Phelps team primarily focuses on video production for clients of all sizes. They also create other visual media such as motion graphics, photography, etc. I learned about the company’s internship opportunities through the recommendation of a fellow Bulldog, who had great things to say about the team and their experience. It sounded like an excellent opportunity to learn new skills while further expanding upon what I had already learned at Butler.

What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
Most of my responsibilities involve post-production videos for clients, including everything from higher-level storytelling to more nitty-gritty details like selecting b-roll clips and color-grading footage. I’ve even gotten to be on set for various video shoots, work independently on graphic design projects, and travel with the team out-of-state for several on-location video shoots.

What do you like most about your internship?
I’ve most enjoyed the people and their passion for creative work. Being a part of the Phelps team, my colleagues’ excitement about seeing one another succeed is inspiring and motivating. Stepping off-campus into a real-world job experience can seem daunting at first. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by a team that encourages me to be proud of my creativity and welcomes me into their collaborative efforts.

What has surprised you most about your internship?
I’ve been surprised by the variety of projects I’ve been able to work on. Phelps’ clients span from small nonprofits in the Indianapolis area to global tech companies with massive audiences. Working with such a vast range of clients has given me great insight into what makes every project and creative process unique.

What project are you particularly proud of?
Last semester, Phelps worked with a large technology brand to develop a global campaign. As a production assistant, I joined the Phelps team on set in Nashville, Tennessee, for a few days. Being a part of such a large-scale commercial production for a recognizable brand was so exciting. Even though I had a small behind-the-scenes role, knowing that millions worldwide have seen that video is rewarding. I feel fortunate to have received that experience as an undergraduate student.

What are your career goals and how is this internship preparing you?
I have always wanted my future career to involve hands-on, creative work. This internship has allowed me to exercise my skills, giving me valuable real-world experience and space to try new things firsthand.

What advice would you give another student who may be looking for an internship?
Don’t forget to lean on your professors when looking for an internship. Butler’s professors have a good read on their industries and know the stories of previous students who have passed through their doors. That should give you a good idea of some past internships that students have had and what areas of the industry could be good landing places for your future career.