Alec Broderick — VCMT
Visit Global Medical Foam in Lexington some weekday afternoon and there’s a good chance you will catch North Central State College student Alec Broderick working on the company’s latest brochure.
A sophomore majoring in Visual Communications and Media Technology at NC State, Broderick is specializing in graphic design. He’s gaining firsthand experience through an internship.
“The program at North Central State provides the opportunity to really get to know the faculty and other students. The classes are small and it’s a very collaborative environment.”
A 2012 Shelby High School graduate, Broderick began his NC State studies in high school as a post-secondary education option student, taking one course per semester during his junior and senior years. “It was a great way to get a taste of college work while still in high school,” he said.
Through the internship at Global Medical Foam, Broderick is getting a taste of the business world, while still in college. “I have designed marketing materials. I’ve done some flyers and some posters since I started this fall,” he said.
Broderick works at the Lexington firm three days per week, with two days counting toward his internship credit and one day as a part-time job.
“The internship coordinator, Tracy Bond, contacted my instructor, Lynn Damberger, after she heard from the company that they wanted to hire an intern this fall,” Broderick said. “When the instructor asked if I would be interested, I jumped at the opportunity. I e-mailed the company, interviewed with the owner, Victoria, Langer, and started the next week.”
The son of Randy and Monica Broderick of Shelby, Broderick continued the internship into the spring semester.
“It has been a good experience,” he said. “It’s not a graphic design business, but I’ve been able to use the tools I learned in class and I’ve learned how to communicate with business people.”
The oldest of four siblings, Broderick believes he made a good decision to pursue his associate degree at NC State. “I never really thought about going away to school after I graduated. I felt like I belonged,” he said. “NC State was close, affordable and I could still live at home. It just made sense.”
After completing his studies, Broderick plans to seek employment as a graphic designer. “I would like to work at a graphic design firm and eventually own my own business,” he said. “I know the experience I’ve gained in my internship will be very helpful after I graduate.”