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Graphic Design Internship

'The intern works with the event team to ensure a consistent customized look for a variety of programs and campaigns.'
'The intern works with the event team to ensure a consistent customized look for a variety of programs and campaigns.'

A collaborative, exciting creative team seeks a GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN who can design for a variety of media and diverse audiences, and is comfortable applying creative aesthetic to a variety of projects. The successful candidate will have work published through various University channels and other paid outlets.

The GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN will work 10-15 hours per week during the fall semester. Hours will be scheduled during Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some special project hours may be available during the summer depending on schedule.

Employment as an intern is on a semester by semester basis. Continued employment is contingent on funding and performance. This position is not eligible for internship credit for graphic design majors.




Intern will design a variety of projects including but not limited to logo development, print and web advertisements and printed pieces for the fundraising efforts at the OSU Libraries. Projects may range from print posters to motion graphics, event programs and centerpieces to gallery-style exhibits. Intern will perform other duties as assigned.


'Artwork created by the interns is used in a variety of promotional products.'
'Artwork created by the interns is used in a variety of promotional products.'

Required Qualifications:

  • Graphic design upperclassmen or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to maintain professional decorum in a team environment based on idea generation, creativity and collaboration.
  • Ability to design multiple concepts for each project and be open to collaboration and feedback from diverse clients.
  • Knowledge of Adobe CC and the ability to work on a PC.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with real-world design constraints.
  • Comfort contributing to the messaging and development of marketing and public relations campaigns.
  • Willingness to appear and/or speak on camera for Library promotional videos.

Application Instructions:

Application review will begin March 20, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Applicants must submit:

  • an Internship Application with
  • a letter of interest
  • resume
  • three design samples
  • Interviewees should be prepared to present a brief portfolio.

For additional information, please visit or contact the Dean's Office at 744-9725.

More about this Internship

Majors considered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Strategic Communications
  • Marketing


Fantastic! Magical! Perfect! — Mere words cannot express my amazing intern experience at Edmon Low Library. This in-house communications team covers all bases of the design job. The exciting ways that Bonnie and the team integrate creativity, communication and group effort keep you on your toes and focused on making the best work you can do. The internship has the perfect amount of deadline pressure and client relationships, truly preparing you for “real-world” experience. What really made me thrilled to go to work every day was the amount of creative freedom and confidence that the communications team put in my ability to execute form and function while staying on brand. There is truly no other experience at Oklahoma State that compares to working with the positive and respectable people of Edmon Low.

Amelia Clark, Graphic Design Intern fall 2015 to spring 2016

Working at the OSU Library as a graphic design intern prepared me so much for the real world. I had experiences during this internship that mirrored real world projects with clients more so than I ever expected. Not only was I able to learn how to handle clients and deadlines, but the technical and production skills tremendously benefited me during my first job. It wasn't until after I graduated and experienced working in the design industry that I realized how much of an impact this internship had on my career. Not only was the experience worthwhile to my portfolio, but I learned how to work in a professional environment that treats its employees with care and respect. I would recommend and encourage any designer to apply for an internship with the library, it was by far the best decision I made as a student!

Kala McDonald, Graphic Design Intern fall 2014 to spring 2015

I owe where I am in my career now to my time interning at the Edmon Low Library. I am thankful for the work ethic, interview skills, and real world design experience I gained. The library atmosphere encourages finding new solutions and expanding knowledge beyond your field

Ruth Mudroch, Graphic Design Intern spring 2008 to spring 2009


  • The intern will learn how to access the real world constraints of a design project and develop appropriate specifications accordingly.
  • The intern will learn to design within the budget of a particular piece.
  • The intern will learn to design for a variety of media.
  • The intern will learn to design within the graphic standards of the parent institution.  
  • The intern will learn to apply relevant laws and ethical codes to real life scenarios.

Benefits for the student:

  • The student will learn to work diverse client tastes and needs.
  • The student will practice producing multiple concepts for a single project.
  • The student will learn to incorporate real constraints (i.e. budget, graphic standards, mailing regulations) into the design process.
  • The student will learn to work in a team environment and develop idea generation skills.
  • The student will have responsibility for a project from start to finish.
  • The student will complete the internship with portfolio items suitable to present to potential employers.

Benefits to the Library:

  • The Library will produce high quality promotional materials for services, resources and events.
  • The Library will have access to original artwork for promotional materials.
  • The Library will have an influx of fresh perspectives and new ideas on annual promotions.