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Office of Community and Economic Development

Intern Spotlight: Grant Woods


Originally from  Manhattan, New York, Grant Woods is a graphic design major at Fresno State and is planning to graduate in 2022. Woods is a graphic design student assistant at OCED where he has helped create many designs such as the 2020 Census banner. He is currently working on a new advertising newsletter called the “Monthly Keeper.”

Fun fact: At his high school, Clovis North, Grant played water polo and swam. He coached a water polo team at the Junior Olympics and referees throughout the Central Valley. 

How has your experience at  OCED been like so far?

My experience at OCED has been great. The office is full of friendly people, who welcomed me with open arms. Cynthia is very patient and helpful, which helped a lot with easing my nervousness coming into the job.

What advice would you give to students who are seeking internships or are indecisive about doing one?

I would tell those students to just apply for one that seems like you might like it. If you get the internship, you can always leave it if you realize it is not right for you. If you like it, however, it can be your ticket to a full-time career outside of college.

What is your favorite thing about Fresno?

Fresno is centrally located close to the beach, mountains, and deserts. Since I am into traveling and photography, being in Fresno gives me a lot of opportunities to visit beautiful locations.

Who are your mentors?

I look up to my brother because he has always set a good example. He got a job right out of college, which is something I hope to do as well.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is being a creative director for a company. I have great original ideas, but my designs are always better when I get feedback from others.