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Seeking Graphic Design Intern

Monday, September 14, 2020   (0 Comments)
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September 14, 2020


The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), a national nonprofit organization representing the interests of professionals who have finished their doctoral studies at universities and research institutions across the nation, is seeking an unpaid intern to assist with graphic design projects. Working with a dynamic team that produces content for the web, e-blasts, social media platform and our signature POSTDOCket monthly magazine, you can help promote the mission of the NPA and make a real difference in the world of scholars at universities across the nation as they work on diverse projects ranging from COVID vaccine development to understanding racial bias in social groups. The graphic design intern position is a robust opportunity to create visual impressions that cut across a number of different media used by the NPA and seen by more than 215 universities and research institutions as well as more than 17,000 postdoctoral scholars (and growing) who are all members of the NPA. Learn more about us at

Graphic Design Intern Duties, Responsibilities & Skills Learned

  • Create and design print and digital materials that align with content themes
  • Edit, retouch and manipulate images
  • Use graphic design software and work with a wide variety of media
  • Collaborate with personnel across the NPA on ongoing and special projects, including:
    • Editor in chief and other leads of the NPA’s POSTDOCket publication
    • NPA marketing manager
    • NPA’s executive director & CEO
  • Take constructive feedback from NPA teammates and make necessary changes for a successful graphic design
  • Working closely with a team of peers and professionals
  • Have your work distributed from a national voice across media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, the NPA website, and more.
  • Learn social media and impression analytics to better understand the performance of design placements, working with the NPA marketing manager.
  • Assemble final presentation material for use across one or a variety of media, depending on the needs of the NPA


  • Upper level undergraduate, graduate or postdoc all eligible
  • Graphic design major or similar level of experience
  • Strong communication skills
    • Working knowledge of layouts, typography, line composition, color, and other graphic design fundamentals
    • Experience with InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or other editing software
    • Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office, along with Google Applications, specifically Docs, Sheets, and Drive
    • CSS/HTML proficiency
  • Strong creative and analytical skills
  • Compelling portfolio of graphic design work
  • Ability and willingness to be a true team player
  • Maturity, ability to work independently without daily supervision


  • Advance the nonprofit mission of the NPA, helping scholars across the nation succeed in their research.
  • Work on a wide range of graphic design projects
  • Collaborate with motivated, interesting, and fun personnel and volunteers
  • Receive guidance and feedback from communications and marketing professionals
  • Participate in professional meetings
  • Flexible schedule for students


This position is virtual and open to anyone across the U.S. The position can be for one semester or the full academic year. You are expected to work 5-10 hours a week. This position may be done virtually with monthly meetings with our leadership team. Must have own laptop available. There is no compensation available for this position but you’ll get great experience and help shape a nonprofit mission!

To apply, please submit:

  • A short cover letter that describes your interest in this position and why you believe you would be a good fit with the NPA
  • Your résumé
  • Examples of graphic design work showing your ability to work across multiple media

Send to us at Questions? Contact Amy Wilson at 301-984-8400.

The National Postdoctoral Association is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.