When I began my interior design internship with Luckett & Farley, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Occasionally the University of Louisville interior design department would go on trips to different firms to see the opportunities that are right in Louisville, but I never got the full effect until I actually began my internship. Luckett and Farley was the very first firm I had visited and I was immediately impressed when I walked in the door, as I was greeting by a smiling face.
After visiting Luckett and Farley, I knew that was the place I wanted to work. Something about it stood out to me and it was always in the back of my mind. What struck me the most about L&F was the fact that it not only consisted of interior designers, but also architects and engineers all working together. The whole design team was located right in the same building. This was my first time seeing a place like this and I was intrigued.
One of the first things I learned as an interior design intern at Luckett & Farley was that the classroom is not like the real world of interior design. You can spend years in a classroom and not fully understand what it’s like to design outside of school. This is the knowledge I gained during my internship; the knowledge of real world design. I got to experience working with a team rather than making decisions on my own. I was able to learn how to design within a budget. I got to see what it’s like to have a real client, someone I’m creating a design for other than myself. I never imagined learning so much in a short amount of time, but I did.
During this time, I was able to assist in many different types of projects. These included offices, restaurants, healthcare, schools, a local radio station, and more. With these various types of projects, I was able to learn what makes each different and the requirements for each type of industry. I was able to work with several differing concepts and even render perspectives, which helped develop my computer skills. Jumping into various projects allowed me to gain experience on a broad spectrum of the design field.
I really enjoyed my year of interning. Luckett and Farley went out of their way to make my work enjoyable. They hosted events such as, intern bowling night, Women of Luckett & Farley social nights, monthly summer cookouts, a fall chili cook-off, Halloween contests, and more. I was able to really get to know the people I was working with every day. These events are also what sets this firm apart from the rest. It’s part of what made it stand out to me from the beginning. There’s a sense of community that you can’t find everywhere.
My internship really helped me develop as a designer and gain experience that I otherwise wouldn’t have. Eventually it came to an end, but my time at Luckett and Farley did not. Sitting here, a full- time employee-owner, I am able to take this experience and apply it to my work every day.