How to nurture creative talent

Gretel’s head of design, Dylan Mulvaney, shares how the studio has built an internship programme that benefits both the studio and the careers of young creatives

When Dylan Mulvaney was still at college, he finished two internships that changed his life – introducing him to the possibilities of graphic design, and ultimately landing him his job at New York studio Gretel, where he’s remained for 12 years.

Mulvaney, who describes the experience as “a dream summer in New York”, is living proof of how valuable an internship can be, and as the person who now heads up Gretel’s internship scheme, he’s learned a few things about what makes for a great experience. Here he shares some tips, including the need for clear structure, especially if working remotely, and making sure that interns leave with something they can ‘own’.