Design Associate (Unpaid Internship)

Creative Reaction Lab is currently accepting applications for our Design Associateship program.

Creative Reaction Lab seeks to eradicate inequity and oppression experienced by Black and Latinx people through design, entrepreneurship, community organizing and leadership, and intrapreneurship to transform the media, education, health/healthcare, and government/public service sectors. To create systems-wide change, we’re taking two approaches: 1) creating a collaborative youth-led, community-centered movement challenging racial inequities, and 2) transforming the ways that individuals and institutions approach design and decision-making through what we call Equity-Centered Community Design.

As part of a small organization, Associates gain invaluable insight into the day-to-day workings of a social enterprise challenging racial injustices and disparities using creative problem solving. This Design Associateship will provide diverse experiences to produce high-profile materials in a variety of areas.

Each Associateship is designed to challenge the candidate in their particular area(s) of interest through dedicated research and practice. Associates also lend support to the daily needs and greater goals of the organization. Participation in this program is on a volunteer basis, and great attention is paid to ensure a high quality experience for all Associates. For those seeking academic credit, the necessary documents must be supplied prior to the start of the Associateship term. Each participant receives one-on-one mentoring and preparation for the next step in their career. All applicants should have a personal laptop to use during Associateship.


To apply for an Associateship, please send a resume and letter of intent describing your background, position of interest, goals and availability to Additionally, please send a link to your portfolio and/or a PDF Portfolio no larger than 10 MB. Please include “Design Associateship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The program often follows the university semester schedule, but the exact terms are considered case-by-case and determined by the Associate and their supervisor. All Associateships are a minimum of ten hours per week during the regular work week (Monday – Friday). Associateships may include evening and weekend hours, as determined on a case-by-case basis.



Support the design and distribution of Creative Reaction Lab’s branding and marketing collateral. This includes, but is not limited to, flyers, brochures, posters, postcards, stickers, and social media posts.

Provide support with the design and distribution of the weekly newsletter in collaboration with the President/Chief Executive Officer and the Digital Media Content & Marketing Associates.

Collaboratively design promotional and event materials for key events, including the Artwork For Equity Campaign, Design to Better [Our Community] promotions, and monthly network member meetings.

Co-create and design Creative Reaction Lab’s Learning and Education content. This includes, but is not limited to, worksheets, workbooks, instruction sheets, and field guides.


Support the ongoing development and implementation of Creative Reaction Lab’s digital strategies, including: branding and marketing; outreach and recruitment strategy; and communications strategy.

Conduct and analyze market research and/or research to support and inform Creative Reaction Lab’s design strategy.

Conduct and analyze user testing and/or usability testing to support and inform Creative Reaction Lab’s design strategy.


Support the outreach and recruitment efforts for youth programming, including Design to Better [Our Community] and the Community Design Apprenticeship Program. Support includes: direct community and campus outreach, collecting applications, reviewing applications, and managing applicant communications.


Support the co-facilitation of Creative Reaction Lab’s education and training programs. This includes, but is not limited to, Leaders for Community Action and Equity workshops, Design to Better [Our Community] sessions, and community-based community engagement programs.


Excellent oral and written communications skills.

Ability to take initiative and to work both independently and cooperatively with other team members in a creative, fast-paced environment.

Ability to defend design decisions and to give and receive constructive feedback with humility.

Strong project management and time management skills, and the ability to execute on deadlines.

The ability to work on Mac and PC platforms with standard office applications/programs.

Fluency with Adobe Creative Suite. Additional design software competency is a plus.

Experience with, and/or strong interest in any of the following areas: design strategy, graphic design/visual communications, interaction design, user experience design, and design research.

Experience with major social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Experience with any of the following products and platforms preferred: Squarespace, Hootsuite, Basecamp, Slack, and Typeform.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

Creative Reaction Lab is committed to a policy of Equal Employment and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, physical or mental handicap or disability, medical condition, pregnancy, familial status, caregiver status, veteran’s status.