Student's Work Gains International Exposure

Student's Work Gains International Exposure

Regina Hager, a junior graphic design major, spent the 2009 spring semester in Seville, Spain, where she not only improved her Spanish but also interned for Superagencia86. There she designed artwork for clients, including a logo that was chosen over logos created by professional designers. Photo courtesy of Regina Hager.

by Public Relations Office—Cedarville, Ohio

April 22, 2009

Cedarville, Ohio—It’s not uncommon for a student to spend a semester abroad, returning to the U.S. with greater foreign language proficiency and global awareness. But for one Cedarville University junior, the experience didn’t end there. Regina Hager, a graphic design major, used her skills to design artwork for real clients in Spain, allowing her to gain a new understanding of the world and a full portfolio.

Hager spent the 2009 spring semester in Seville, where she attended classes and lived with a local family. Hager initially went overseas to improve her Spanish, but she also wanted to experience life in another country. “It’s been refreshing to see another way of life after living in the U.S. all my life,” she says.

While in Spain, Hager secured an internship at Superagencia86 using connections from her travel abroad program. She was asked to develop concept designs for clients, design interior pages for websites and collaborate with other designers.

“Sometimes it was intimidating working with such talented people with years of experience,” she admits. Hager’s skills were put to the test when she was asked to design a logo for a client. Along with the professionals, she came up with a variety of choices, and the client chose her logo.

“Having my logo chosen was almost a relief. It meant I can actually do this — and do it well.”

“Studying in another country is one thing, but working in another country was completely different,” Hager continues. “At Superagencia86 a whole different level of immersion occurs. For one thing, they have a strong sense of community. The designers, the programmers and the publicity department are constantly collaborating with each other, critiquing, comparing and brainstorming. I think it’s amazing that I got to be a part of it. At times it was exhausting, especially after working a 12-hour day.”

Dr. Andrew Wiseman, associate professor of Spanish and director of the international studies program at Cedarville, could not be happier with Hager’s success. “Our Spain program gives students not only a strong academic and cultural focus,” he says, “but also service, learning and internship opportunities. Regina has demonstrated the possibilities that exist for Cedarville students!”