Communications & Design Intern

The Communications & Design Intern for Orientation & Transition Experiences (OTE) designs a variety of projects related to new student orientation, Welcome Week, and student transition programs. The ideal candidate possesses exceptional graphic design skills and an interest in communication strategy.

Applications for this position are currently closed.

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  • Design and update various print and digital materials (posters, t-shirts, annual reports, mailers, calendars, and various other marketing materials)
  • Conceptualize and create concepts for first-year, transfer, and transition program branding; approved concepts are developed and applied to all communications items
  • Creating and updating digital graphics for the Transition Hub, social media, electronic displays, and mass emails 
  • Assist in facilitating the production process of various projects: apply content from staff to design, working with editors, submitting for approval, etc. 
  • Assist with photo and video production

This position reports to Chad Sewich, Assistant Director, Communications and Marketing


Required Qualifications 
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota in good academic standing
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher to be maintained throughout employment and reviewed each semester
  • Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite design programs (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, etc.) 
  • Experience designing for print and web 
  • Experience designing for social media 
  • Ability to quickly learn new skills, particularly in regards to technology, software, and design 
  • Ability to work with professional staff to understand project needs, ask clarifying questions, and communicate regularly with team members 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, be a creative problem solver, be detailed and organized, and have a conceptual aptitude Ability to work alone and as part of a team. 
Preferred Qualifications 
  • Knowledge of University of Minnesota branding standards
  • Experience with video editing and motion graphics
  • Photography and photo editing experience 
  • Coding experience 


The Communications & Design Intern maintains a schedule of 10-20 hours per week through academic year and 20-35 hours in the summer.

The Communications & Design Intern will primarily work in the Orientation & Transition Experiences office located in Coffman Memorial Union.


The Communication & Design Intern is paid $15.50 per hour.



The application for this position is currently closed.

In the application, you will be asked to answer two short essays and upload supplemental information. The prompts for these sections of the application are:

  • Describe your interest in the Design Intern position and any experiences (coursework, internships, jobs, etc.) you have that will contribute to your success (300-word limit). 
  • Describe 2-3 of your strengths and how would you leverage them in this role (300-word limit).
  • Upload your Current Resume
  • Upload a design portfolio showcasing at least 5 different projects/items.  Your portfolio should be saved in one document.  A link to a Google folder, Dropbox folder, or website with these items is acceptable.

Within the application, you can save your progress and return to it any time.