How Do I Find an Internship in Graphic Design?

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A job in graphic design is the dream of many, but before you can get a job, you must go through the proper education channels. In addition to classes, in order to get the most experience in the field, an internship is also necessary. Getting a graphic design internship is similar to searching for a job, and the following tips can help you to secure the internship of your dreams:

Use the Resources At Your School

One of the easiest ways to find an internship in graphic design is to use the resources at your school. In most cases, a college or university will have an internship office or even job placement department that has information about available internships in your area or even can give you a list of companies in the region that regularly recruit graphic design students. You also might want to talk to an academic adviser or instructor, as they often have personal connections with these companies and can offer references and recommendations.

Do Your Own Research

Another way to find a graphic design internship is to start doing research. Make a list of local businesses that offer graphic design, and then take a look at the websites. Most of them will have an “Employment” or “Contact Us” page with a list of open positions, including internships. You also might want to look into a site such as InternMatch.com or Internships.com. These are job sites with openings for interns in a variety of films, including graphic designs. It is also a good idea to list your information on the American Institute of Graphic Arts website in the “Design Jobs” section. Also, don’t forget to reach out to companies that are not necessarily graphic design firms, but may hire graphic designers such as screen printers, media companies or advertising agencies.

Make Yourself Stand Out

Once you have a few internship opportunities, you want to make sure you are doing all you can to stand out from the crowd. A number of other people will apply for the same internship, so it is important that you make sure the hiring manager notices your application packet. Since you will likely not have professional experience in graphic design, as you create your portfolio, use your student work. Choose the best projects, and collaborate with a trusted instructor if necessary. With each sample include a brief description of the creative process. Also, ensure that you are sending a resume and cover letter. Additionally, make sure when you send this application packet that it corresponds with the type of work the employer does. For instance, if the company primarily focuses on fonts and logos, sending an entire packet with only examples of interiors may not work in your favor.

By taking the time to identify the available internships in graphic design, putting yourself out there and creating an application portfolio that allows you to stand out from the crowd, you will put yourself into a position of success. Remember, the more applications you send out, the better your chances of finding the right internship for you.

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