I started at DC Comics as a lowly intern. Sure, I had to pass three rounds of interviews to claim the solitary, highly-coveted spot, but all the same, it was a low-ranking internship in the Digital Media department. My main task was answering fan email, but I quickly began tackling any web design project I was allowed to work on; which, just as quickly, became all of them.
Within weeks, I was the defacto lead developer on the site, making live changes to production on a near-daily basis. I was asked to return for another semester, at a salary, to continue building the site, which had now become a revenue stream for the comic book company. I had essentially created the position, which had me regularly meeting with various high-ranking stakeholders — first, just at DC Comics, but eventually across the entire Time Warner umbrella. Before graduating, I was meeting with VPs at Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, and Time to discuss and propose web strategies based on my success at DC.
After graduating, I was retained on a consulting basis for roughly 10 years. In that span, I helped with four DCComics.com redesigns, dozens of minisites, Flash teaser animations, and the launch and moderation of the official message board.