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OPEN: Graphic Design Intern

By June 22, 2022June 27th, 2022No Comments
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Hamkae Center is seeking a Graphic Design Intern to assist in converting information, social justice concepts, and our community and movement building work into compelling graphics and visual narratives.

This position reports to the Digital Organizer, as part of the Policy & Communications Team.

Core Responsibilities

Creating graphics and developing visual narrative (70%)

  • Utilize and creatively interpret Hamkae Center’s brand guide to create original, visually-compelling graphics, memes, flyers/brochures, ads, reports, and other necessary digital or print publications that clearly convey our mission and goals to our intended audience
  • Ensure all visual materials distributed by Hamkae Center maintain brand consistency
  • Develop graphic templates for other staff to use when appropriate
  • Develop multi-organizational branded content when in collaborative projects, when necessary

Digital content creation and execution (20%)

  • Assist in scheduling and executing digital communications, including social media content, listserv emails, and newsletter
  • Assist in developing digital toolkits meant for public distribution and internal distribution among staff and/or partner organizations
  • Monitor and report trends, new memes and other viral content, and current events to the Policy & Communications Team and other staff, when relevant
  • Work with Policy & Communications Team to brainstorm digital campaigns and content ideas and strategize scheduled content for sending/posting in a timely manner

Miscellaneous  (10%)

  • Assist Digital Organizer in assessing efficacy of visual content, and strategies using data
  • Seek and suggest opportunities to incorporate community member stories into digital content
  • Other duties, as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Mission alignment: commitment to social, racial, and economic justice; believes in Asian American communities’ ability to support each other, organize for change, and achieve desired goals together
  • A belief in the importance of visual narrative and digital communications in engaging communities and inspiring movement to action
  • Digital art skills and artmaking process skills; experience with a digital content design program such as Canva, Procreate, or Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)
  • Detail-oriented; advocate for maintaining high quality and standards with content
  • Strong verbal communication skills (both internal communication with staff and external communication with community members, partners, and organizations)
  • Works well in a challenging environment both independently and collaboratively (within own team and across different teams)
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines; able to develop and move projects forward with independence and autonomy
  • Ability to effectively give, receive, and incorporate feedback
  • Reliable internet access
  • Driver’s license and access to car 

Plus / Preferred (but not necessary):

  • Based in Virginia or the DMV area
  • Bilingual in English and an Asian language
  • Previous experience with designing graphics for a group or organization (includes student orgs or informal groups) for projects such as event promotions, listserv emails, social media content, etc.
  • Art/illustration experience
  • Knowledge of how to adapt digital materials and colors for print distribution
  • Proficiency with social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and/or TikTok
  • Experience with editing and/or creating video content (can include TikToks or Instagram Reels)

Additional Details

Location: virtual (preferably Virginia or DMV-based)
Job Type: internship
Duration: immediately – beginning of 2022 school year
Pay: $15/hour
Hours: 10-20 hrs/week
Benefits: Vacation and sick days; travel and meal reimbursements (that meet conditions)

To Apply

Send resume to Zowee Aquino (zaquino@hamkaecenter.org) and Quynh Nguyen (qnguyen@hamkaecenter.org) by 5pm EST on July 1, 2022. Please write “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line. Additionally, link to or submit a portfolio with at least 3 digital pieces that exemplify your work or the style you will utilize in this role.

Supplementary: A brief description (no more than 1 page) about your interest in this role.

About Hamkae Center

Hamkae Center organizes Asian Americans in Virginia to achieve social, economic, and racial justice. Through community organizing, public policy advocacy, civic engagement, and youth leadership development, Hamkae Center works to build a future in which low- and middle-income, immigrant, people of color, and marginalized communities can fully participate in U.S. society and work together as makers of lasting change. We are the Virginia affiliate of the NAKASEC Network. Other members include HANA Center (Illinois), Woori Center (Pennsylvania), MinKwon Center for Community Action (New York), and Woori Juntos (Texas).

Hamkae Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People from a wide range of backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace and supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.