Senior interning for game development company
Senior Fiona Kerr is breaking into the male-dominated field of gaming with an internship at Serenity Forge, a video game development company in Boulder, Colo.
Kerr is working with a team of six other interns to develop a new game that is scheduled to be released at the end of the summer.
A native of Scotland, Kerr is an avid gamer who is majoring in graphic design communications at Stephens, where she has been able to tailor her studies to her interests.
“My advisor, Kate Gray, has been with me every step of the way,” Kerr said. “Even though she doesn’t personally have experience in the video game industry, she has been 100 percent supportive and one of my biggest advocates. She was the one who suggested I take a summer class on 3D modeling, which gave me skills I still use and is also where I met my game industry teacher and mentor, Jeff Byers.”
Kerr is an avid gamer who only recently decided to make it a career path.
“I have played video games since I was a kid, and I kept saying for the longest time I wanted to make video games or work for a game company some day,” she said. “Last year, I decided I should stop daydreaming and make it a reality.”
She credits attending Stephens for giving her the courage to pursue opportunities.
“Stephens has definitely helped me grow more confident, and part of that is because it is a women’s college,” she said.
Kerr found the internship through networking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where she went to present her portfolio of work from her graphic design classes at Stephens. There, she met the Serenity Forge team, and representatives suggested she apply.
“It might seem like an intimidating field to get in to,” she said, “but if it’s something you’re passionate about, it’s well worth it.”