Claudia Sa, a senior Graphic Design student, was recently honored with a 2018 Experiential Education Undergraduate Award by the Seton Hall University Career Center. As part of a selective group of students across the University, Sa was recognized for her individual internship experience, outstanding work and unique contributions to her work site.
Sa, a first-generation student within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently interned with Ultra Music in New York, N.Y., where she worked directly with the company's creative director. Her experience allowed her to channel her creative freedom while guiding colleagues to complete tasks as a unit. "Although I've worked in teams in the past, I learned how to approach people and execute my ideas clearly," said Sa. "I was able to organize my team's feedback…. [and] take their constructive criticism and shape it positively to affect the project at hand."
Effectively managing a team wasn't the only takeaway Sa noted from her internship – she learned she loved working in a group. "My main goal is to pursue a career with a production team, working with creative assets and production," said Sa. "Since I worked on multiple projects within a single time frame, I was able to stay true to consistent branding while working with different artists."
Through daily engagement with her team members and colleagues, Sa cultivated her leadership skills outside the classroom; however, this professional confidence would not have been possible without her in-class learning, highlights Sa. "The College is home to a family of design majors. Our professors have given us the proper tools and skills to allow us to face real-world problems with our heads held high," shared Sa. "My internship with Ultra Music redefined me as a designer… but I found the building blocks to success at Seton Hall."
Sa is one of two Communication and the Arts students to be honored in this year's awards. Erica Naumann, an M.A. in Public Relations graduate student, was also selected on the graduate level for her event planning experience with Jazz House Kids, a nonprofit organization located in Montclair, N.J.
Hosted by the Seton Hall Career Center, the Experiential Education Awards celebrate students' accomplishments in experiential education atmospheres including internships, student teaching and other service-learning projects. Honorees are selected based on students' achievements in the internship, demonstrated personal/professional growth and commitment of Seton Hall values.