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Lincoln Park Zoo

Graphic Design Summer Intern (Unpaid)

Lincoln Park Zoo is seeking a Graphic Design Intern to join the in-house design team for the summer! Ideal candidates will be passionate designers with an interest in print design and a love of the zoo’s mission.
Time commitment will be three to five days a week; 20-35 hours weekly from May to August/September. Set schedule will be determined based on intern availability and needs of the zoo.
Candidates must submit a portfolio, or link to portfolio website, with their applications to be considered.

Essential Job Functions: 

• Design print and digital materials for multiple zoo departments
• Prep existing designs for production
• Collaborate with the design team to execute design directions
• Assist the design team with vendor relations and press checks
• Actively participate in reviews and brainstorm sessions, successfully incorporating feedback into designs
• Maintain an eye for detail and quality on all projects

Learning Objectives:

• Gain a deep understanding of the inner working of a graphic design team at a major cultural institution
• Learn the fundamentals of print production:  determining print specifications, marking up files, releasing jobs to printers, reviewing proofs and occasionally attending press checks
• Improve design and communication skills
• Gain collaboration experience working with project managers, designers, vendors, writers and photographers

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

• Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
• Skilled with vector illustration, layout and typography work
• Ability to meet deadlines and to be organized
• Passionate and friendly with a positive, can-do attitude

Education Requirements: 

• Candidate must be a junior or senior currently enrolled in college who is receiving academic credit for the internship. Minimum GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

How to Apply

Please apply online at: Please put job name in subject line of email.

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

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