Graphic Design Intern Announcement

AIDS Foundation ChicagoChicago, IL
Unpaid Internship

4 months ago


Job Title

Graphic Design Intern

Job Location

Chicago, IL

Job Overview

AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC) is seeking a creative and motivated individual to intern in its Communications department as a Graphic Design Intern for Summer 2023. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while interning at an active, upbeat nonprofit. The Graphic Design Intern will intern directly with the AFC Designer as well as the larger External Relations department. This internship will focus on various graphic design needs for the organization, including campaign research and development; layout design and print production; web, email and social media graphics; event signage and collateral; posters, flyers and a variety of other creative tasks as assigned. This is a great opportunity to build your portfolio. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. During this internship, the intern will learn how to take skills acquired in an educational setting and apply them in the workplace.


Unpaid (stipend available). AFC can also help interns obtain course credit, if available from your school.


  • Assist with various graphic design needs for the organization, including campaign research and development, layout design and print production, web, email and social media graphics, event signage and collateral, posters, flyers, and other creative tasks as assigned.
  • Work directly with the AFC Designer and the larger External Relations department.
  • Collaborate with clients to develop marketing materials and campaign aesthetics for projects and brands.
  • Translate client desires and directives into effective, engaging visuals.
  • Create designs, concepts, and layouts utilizing Adobe Creative Cloud based on creative direction.
  • Receive and incorporate feedback effectively.
  • Create and provide production-ready graphic files for printers and vendors.


  • Current or recent enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program majoring or minoring in Graphic Design, Communications, Marketing, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. Adobe subscription available for internship duration if the intern does not currently have one.
  • Basic knowledge of typography, line, composition, color theory, balance, and other graphic design elements and principles.
  • Ability to create designs, concepts, and layouts utilizing Adobe Creative Cloud based on knowledge of design principles.
  • Creative self-starter who is enthusiastic about taking initiative, leading artistic direction, and contributing new ideas.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate well with others while maintaining a professional demeanor.
  • Exceptional organizational skills to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to work independently on projects, often simultaneously, while meeting deadlines.
  • Desire to serve and passion for social justice issues and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

We're excited for you to apply!

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