Southeast Missouri State University

Graphic Design Major Interns with Creative Firm


Before entering into his senior year as a graphic design major, Zachary Penrod, of St. Charles, Mo., spent a summer as an intern with the Touchwood Creative firm in downtown St. Louis. The firm handles large presentation projections for companies' employee conferences. They use multiple media forms such as animation and video to achieve this end.

In the process of helping a company put together a conference presentation, Zachary traveled to conference sites, a responsibility he found quite inviting. He also had the opportunity to design a CD jacket that will be mass produced for one of the firm’s clients.

Aside from the opportunity to do what he loves to do and the chance to travel to different parts of the country, Zachary also enjoys the prospect of waking up and going to work each morning. He says he looks forward to working, a sentiment not all have the chance to experience.

Zachary learned about the Touchwood Creative firm through his father, and he subsequently called the firm to ask about an internship position. After an interview and weighing other offers, he accepted the internship and says he is very happy with his decision. The most surprising aspect of the job, he says, was that he got paid. He even accepted a position with the company which he began after graduating in December 2007.

While at Southeast, Zachary received the Katherine CochranScholarship, and he  designed the postcard and poster for the 2007 Juried Student Art show. He continues to study photography, outside of his job, which he considers one of his hobbies. Also among his hobbies are karaoke, visiting art galleries and watching cheesy horror movies.