I have been doing web develepment for the past 5 years. I freelanced throughout my college years at the NewEngland Institute of Art. Working mostly with small business owners and young professionals that needed a web presence. This gave me the oppurtunity to put what I was learning to use in the real world.
When I left college, I did an internship at inphantry.com/ There I cut my teeth on some major web applications and Facebook landing pages. It was fasted pace and little room for mistakes, I learned a lot there and it was an amazing experience.