Graphic design major at the Mount shares co-op experience at Marvin Lewis Community Fund

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My name is Paul Orleck and I am currently heading into my fourth year at the College of Mount St. Joseph as a graphic design major.

Currently I am doing a co-op for the Marvin Lewis Community Fund.  I work as the lead designer of a non-profit organization, who is continually working on brochures, billboard ads, posters, invitations, logos, and a lot more.  The kinds of events that I design for consist of: Learning is Cool, Football 101, Tailgating for the Bengals Game, Cincinnati Scurry, Bengals Training Camp, the Pink Out Bengals Game, Marvin Lewis Golf Classic, and a lot more. The job doesn’t just consist of designing.  I also have a lot of work dealing with marketing and communication as well. 

I absolutely love this co-op!  It can be a lot of work at times and the deadlines can be crazy too.  However there has been a lot, and I mean a lot of benefits, such as meeting Coach Marvin Lewis and having dinner at his house, getting to meet Andy Dalton and taking some swings on the golf course with him, going to Reds games, and also getting to frequently network with companies all over the Greater Cincinnati region.

I plan on graduating from the Mount next spring and attend graduate school for my MBA. My ultimate goal is to run my own design firm. This co-op has allowed me to witness the Marketing and Communications side of a company, even when my main focus is on design.

The Marvin Lewis Community Fund is an amazing place to work. The people here are knowledgeable, helpful and fun. Since just starting this past May, this place really seems like a small family, which is definitely hard to find in a workplace.  My advice for anyone that wants to work here is to study and work hard at school because it will benefit in the long run.  However, the best advice I could give would be yourself, because anyone that knows me I still joke around and have fun in the workplace.