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Toucan Academy

At Toucan, we understand that today’s graduates not only want to earn a living, but also want to make a difference in the world, both socially and ethically, and want to have the opportunity to explore this within their workplace.

Toucan’s Academy vision is to provide a space where the brightest local creative talent can flourish in a stimulating, progressive, commercial and creative environment – a place where those at the beginning of their professional careers can learn, develop and thrive - working on diverse and exciting projects with ambitious companies and businesses and organisations of all sizes from across the UK and beyond.

Graduate Internship Programme

The Toucan Academy offers paid internships for those entering the creative design sector and the digital development arena to design and digital graduates from across the South West region. 6 or 12 month placements are typical, and are full time studio-based positions. Additionally interns work closely within our own networks – our clients, our affiliated professional organisations and our social networks – so that they leave Toucan with a rounded view of the world they have chosen to occupy and lots of background and experience to include on their CV.

A design intern’s day is spent with the creative team, working under the direction of senior designers, on both digital and print-based projects. The range of work is diverse – interns may find themselves working on small scale, fast turnaround print work;  interior graphics;  branding projects ..  through to complex and large scale digital projects which may run for many weeks, even months. Whatever the project, design interns will further their creative, practical and technical skills and gain valuable commercial experience – working on real projects, with real clients.

Our digital interns work as part of the digital team, working under the supervision of both senior developers and senior designers. Work will involve both front-end styling and back-end programming on multiple and diverse projects. Daily team meetings ensure tasks are kept on-track and that knowledge is shared. Digital interns will gain real-world experience in a commercial and often fast-paced creative environment, keeping up to date with the latest trends and technologies and sharing this in development meetings to see how this can be incorporated into our projects.

A Case Study

Ollie Eskriett - Design Intern

Ollie Eskriett is a young creative designer and illustrator who graduated with a 2:1 Honours Degree in Graphic Communication with Typography from Plymouth University in 2015. During his time at University he developed a portfolio that demonstrated his passion for graphic design and his love of illustration. Particularly impressive was the work that evidenced his ability to work as part of a team – in his final year of study, he was one of three students who collectively developed a comprehensive communication and wayfinding scheme for the main University library.

Since joining Toucan in July 2015, Ollie has proved to be a valuable and popular member of the team. The illustration work that has produced now adorns the walls of Plymouth University's Marine Station Building and that of MAP (Marine Academy Plymouth). Particularly engaging are his caricature depictions of the Toucan team which can be found in the About Us section of this website.

Ollie Eskriett - Design Intern
Ollie's blog posts
  • Week-by-week – waving bye bye!

    Week-by-week – waving bye bye!
  • Week-by-week – charging the batteries

    Week-by-week – charging the batteries
  • Week by week - part 1

    Week by week - part 1
  • Week by week - fuelled by caffeine!

    Week by week - fuelled by caffeine!

Christina Colwell

Christina recently graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in English Literature and is now studying for an MA in Publishing with Plymouth University. She has over five years experience working within the education sector as well as in editorial and content management roles. Her skills rest in project management and having a keen eye for detail. 

She was the recipient of The Plymouth Award, UPSU Full Colours and the UPSU 200 hour Volunteering Award. She is an active volunteer with the ambulance service, which has inspied her to explore working in the charity and educational sectors of publishing.

Christina Colwell

what our graduates think

Even though I have just graduated I have been given the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects, from small A5 brochures to 7m tall interior graphics. This breadth of work allows for creative exploration and the development of the more techincal aspects of design; getting artwork ready for print and web. The studio atmosphere is great, the Toucan team are a very friendly bunch, and they have helped me to learn and progress, building up my portfolio in the process. I get to take part in the whole creative process from talking to clients, creating intitial concepts - to sending work off to print.

Ollie Eskriett - Design Intern

Benefits to Business

We believe that businesses that invest in their people and who recognise, value and nuture talent will have a significant competitive edge, both in the commercial marketplace and with recruitment and staff retention. Toucan's Academy is in the process of establishing business partnerships across Devon and Cornwall, in order to develop a network that will support and mentor those at the early stages of their professional careers. Importantly, this network will involve interns from a range of sectors - lawyers, accountants, engineers, architects, digital developers etc. It is hoped that this cross-fertilisation and broad knowledge transfer will give the next generation of young professionals a more rounded view of the commercial world and the South West economy. 

If your business or organisation is interested in getting involved in this programme we'd love to hear from you. Please contact our Creative Director, Josh Beadon who will be able to give you further information about this exciting regional initiative.

Are you interested in Toucan's academy?

Whether you are looking for an internship, or are a business that wants to get involved in the programme, we'd love to hear from you.

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