Graphic Design Associate (Paid Internship)

Graphic Design Associate (PAID INTERNSHIP)

Creative Reaction Lab is currently accepting applications for our 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

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.

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. Each Associate receives one-on-one mentoring and preparation for the next step in their career. While a personal laptop will be useful for your work, we do have laptops available for use on-site for the duration of the Associateship. For those seeking academic credit, the necessary documents must be supplied prior to the start of the Associateship term.


Over the duration of their term, Associates will receive:

  • Stipend of $750

  • Transportation stipend of $250 ($100 of which will be provided to Associates upon signing their contractual agreement)


To apply for the Graphic Design associateship, please send a resume and letter of intent describing your background, 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_<FIRSTNAME LASTNAME>” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The program generally follows the university semester schedule, while 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 staff.

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.


  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.

  • Ability to give and receive direct feedback.

  • 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.

  • Ability and willingness to continuously and critically examine one’s relationship to power, privilege, oppression, history, and healing.

  • 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 using Google Suite products (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms) and Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

  • Experience with any of the following products and platforms preferred: Basecamp, Squarespace, Slack, Hootsuite, Airtable, Typeform, SurveyMonkey, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.

  • Strong adaptability to changing directions.

  • Ability to work positively and effectively as a part of a group.

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.

  • Commitment to promoting racial and health equity.

  • Commitment to continuous improvement.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Flair for youth programming.

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.