Jenna Penticoff

Summer 2020 Creative Design Intern

8. 07. 20

Wow… I can’t believe the internship is already over. As I come into the last day, I sit here and reflect on this experience, and I have nothing but good memories. I am deeply grateful for this experience and for the people I have met along the way. I have grown significantly in my professional life, spirituality and mental strength. I found Jesus during my time at Pulse. Pretty big deal… I also got to learn from very talented and wise mentors who taught me about God’s love and character. I dove deep into the design world and was given creative wisdom that I will never forget. This internship has also given me such beautiful friendships that I truly cherish. In just a short period of time, there was so much growth. Thank you Pulse for changing my life.

Overall, I am so excited to see what the future holds for me at Pulse and where this experience will take me in the future.

7. 20. 2020

These past couple of weeks in the Pulse internship, my design skills have really started to come to the surface. I have been assigned many projects by different team members and I am learning how to communicate with others more efficiently and am learning the importance of organization. I am mostly working in two different Pulse brands: Year of the Bible and the Let It Speak Summits (Kansas City and Washington, D.C.). I have been putting together social media graphics and ads, as well as video design and website aspects like lower thirds and thumbnails. I am learning how to stay within brand guidelines in all the graphics I make, which I know will be extremely important as I continue on with my design career. 

My supervisor, David Nanda, has been so supportive and inspiring. David has a huge passion for the art and design world and the importance of the creative process. I am so inspired by his work and I am extremely lucky to have him as a mentor this summer. The creative process is key to making cool work, and I am starting to see this more based off of the wisdom David and the rest of the creative team provides for me. 

Overall, I have been very busy with projects and am feeling motivated and inspired to pursue design more in the future!

6. 29. 2020

I found out about the Pulse internship from a friend at Bethel University. At the time, I was feeling very lost, and I didn’t know what I was going to do for summer work. After I heard about the Pulse internship program, I started the application for the summer of 2020 and made sure every last detail was perfect! For some reason, I felt a huge pull towards this program. After applying, I truly didn’t think I would get it, but here I am. I believe that God has put me in the hands of Pulse for a specific reason. I am looking forward to growing closer to my amazing team, learning new creative design skills, but most of all, I am excited to renew my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. 

The first two weeks of my internship have been awesome, given the circumstances. It’s definitely not ideal to be in a virtual environment, but my team has already made me feel at home. I hope that we get to spend some time in the office together in the coming weeks. During my first week of working for Pulse, I met one on one with my supervisor David. He is SO cool and SO talented, and I am super stoked to learn from him. I also got to know the other interns better and learned a lot about all of Pulse’s brands and mission. The second week looked a little different. As everyone knows, there have been many protests and riots all over the country due to years of police brutality against the black community that was sparked by the wrongful death of George Floyd right here in Minneapolis, MN. We are finally having a very overdue conversation about racism all across the world. The coolest thing about Pulse is that they value love and justice. For my second week, I spent all my time volunteering at different churches and protesting for Black Lives Matter. The Pulse team knows that this is the real work of Jesus. I got to meet up with many coworkers and serve alongside them. This experience was extremely fulfilling.