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Internship: Design Intern, KQED Creative (July 2021-Dec 2021)

Deadline to apply for KQED Internships is May 31, 2021. If you are applying to multiple KQED internships, please state this along with the Internship titles in your cover letter.

KQED provides public radio, television and independent reporting on issues that matter to the Bay Area. We are the NPR and PBS member station for Northern California where we combine media, journalism and technology for the common good. We aspire to be the leading convener of civic dialogue in the Bay Area.

At KQED, we are a strong community of visionaries, storytellers, creators, technologists, researchers, educators and innovators who share a passion for public media. One of our core beliefs at KQED is that we are better together, that we strive to be better each day and accountable when we aren’t. We strongly encourage applications from BIPOC, people with disabilities and LGBTQIA+ people.

Position Summary:

Are you a graphic design student looking to build design experience in a non-profit media organization? We are looking for a passionate and self-driven designer with the desire to gain real-world experience by collaborating with and learning from KQED’s internal design team.

Through this design internship, you will gain graphic design experience as a part of the KQED Creative team, a small internal creative agency that collaborates to amplify the KQED brand experience and elevate audience engagement by promoting our content, services and community partnerships. You will play an essential role in supporting the design team by developing and maintaining the KQED brand visual system and voice and creating graphic assets to support KQED’s many programs and services.

This is a paid internship, working 16 hours per week from July 19, 2021 through December 30, 2021. 

Essential Functions:

  • Design and produce digital and print collateral within established branding
  • Understand and adhere to brand guidelines and complete projects according to deadline
  • Retouch and edit photographs in Photoshop
  • Design with Adobe Creative Suite (specifically Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) and work with a wide variety of media
  • Collaborate with the design team to develop design concepts for internal clients across departments
  • Work with the design team to articulate and synthesize feedback to make appropriate changes and refinements
  • Assist with managing projects and production timelines

Other Job Functions:

  • Articulate design intention when presenting work both internally among the team and with clients
  • Source/search for photos and graphics
  • Get estimates and coordinate print orders with external vendors
  • Set up print-ready files for print vendors


Knowledge/Experience Required: 

  • Working towards a BFA in Graphic Design or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of graphic design fundamentals (layout, typography, color, composition etc.)
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite (particularly Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign)
  • Familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite (particularly Word and Powerpoint) and Google applications (particularly Docs and Slides)
  • Strong creative and analytical skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to self-initiate
  • Compelling portfolio of graphic design work

Knowledge/Experience Desired:

  • Knowledge of public media (love/nerdiness is a plus!)
  • Motion graphics and animation skills
  • Illustration and/or lettering skills
  • Familiarity with Adobe AfterEffects or Premiere Pro
  • Experience with creating animated banner ads in HTML5

Growth & Development Opportunities:

  • Gain experience working on a wide range of digital and print design projects
  • Receive mentorship, guidance and feedback from knowledgeable and experienced design professionals
  • Attend weekly meetings and network cross-departmentally at KQED internal events
  • Design for a well-renowned, leading non-profit public media organization


The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.  Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.    

We provide people with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st-century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.


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