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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Finding Design Jobs and Internships

Depending on where you are at in your graphic design career, you may be starting to think about trying to find a design related job or internship during your time off in the summer. There are many useful resources for finding graphic design jobs and internships. Below, I'll talk about some of the most common ways to find a graphic design job or internship as a student at the U of M. This is by no means a comprehensive list for finding opportunities, but a good starting point and some of the resources I have found most helpful.

a) Goldpass - Goldpass is the U of M's personal job board. Employers from all over Minnesota, and even throughout the US post jobs and internships on Goldpass. Goldpass makes it easy to search by discipline or type of work.

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b) Networking - This could very well be your best bet at landing the perfect job or internship. By building a relationship with professionals in the industry, they are likely to keep you in mind when they hear of an internship opening. This can be espeically helpful with firms and corporate agencies that don't publicly list whether or not they have internships available.

c) Firm website - A majority of design or advertising firms will have a "work for us", "jobs", or "careers" page somewhere on there website (though it's not always easy to find). If you are lucky, you might find information about internship openings on these pages or someone you can contact to see of they offer any.

d) Alternative job boards - There are also a number of job boards such as Indeed, Authentic Jobs, and that you may find a design job or internship on. AIGA has it's own job board as well!

Do you know of other great resources for finding jobs or internships? Leave a comment!

Sean Mateer
Graphic Design