The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is seeking a creative and motivated individual to intern in its Communications department as a Graphic Design Intern. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience while working at an active, upbeat nonprofit.
The Graphic Design Intern will work directly with the Graphic Designer as well as the larger Communications department. This internship will focus on various graphic design needs for the organization, including campaign research and development; layout design and print production; web, email and social media graphics; event signage and collateral; posters, flyers and a variety of other creative tasks as assigned. This is a great opportunity to build your portfolio.
The Graphic Design Intern will learn:
How to interact with clients and ask effective questions to develop marketing materials and campaign aesthetics for a variety of projects and brands;
How to translate client desires and directives into effective, engaging visuals;
How to create designs, concepts and layouts within the Adobe Creative Suite based on creative direction;
How to effectively receive and incorporate feedback;
How to create and supply production-ready graphic files for printers as well as create graphics for the web and other digital hubs.
Major or minor in Graphic Design, Communications, Marketing, or a related field;
Knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, especially Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Adobe subscription available for internship duration if the intern does not currently have one;
Basic knowledge of typography, line, composition, color theory, balance and other graphic design elements and principles;
Knowledge of Adobe AfterEffects and WordPress is helpful but not required;
Ability to create designs, concepts and layouts in the Adobe Creative Suite based on knowledge of design principles;
Creative self-starter who is comfortable with both taking initiative and artistic direction while contributing new ideas;
Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate well with others while maintaining a professional demeanor;
Exceptional organizational skills to manage multiple projects;
Ability to work independently on projects, often simultaneously, while meeting deadlines;
Desire to serve and passion for social justice issues and the fight against HIV/AIDS.
This internship comes with a monthly stipend and/or college credit, if available from your school. Details will be provided during the interview process. Interns will receive necessary training and staff supervision. Internships require a commitment of at least 15 hours/week for a minimum of three months.
All candidates must submit a cover letter, resume and completed application form, which can be found at:
Please also include a link to a portfolio if available or provide 3 graphic design samples along with application.
Please submit all application materials to:
Email (preferred): Interns@aidschicago.org
Mail: AFC Intern Program, 200 W Monroe Street, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60606
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident