Design Intern

Saint Paul, MN 55102
United States

Art / Photography / Journalism
Listing Start Date
Listing End Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Security Clearance Required
Yes Background Check required
Employment Type
Intern - not paid
Work Schedule
No Travel

Current undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates can apply up to one year after graduation.

The MNHS Press Design Intern will assist the publishing staff in the areas of print production, design, marketing, editorial and administration. We offer an exciting opportunity to work with staff willing to share their knowledge of the book industry, and also provide unique and independent projects. The intern will be working in an office environment with a mix of computer and non-computer related work.

Ideal degrees: Graphic design, marketing, business, english, art, history or communications majors will be considered. However, preference will be given to students with a design background.

Student qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of graphic design and that field’s associated computer software (Adobe Creative Suite)

  • General research & communication skills

  • An interest in book design and production

  • Top notch organizational skills

  • Aptitude/interest in social media/marketing

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently

  • Experience with Microsoft Office and the Google software suite are also preferred

Student Responsibilities:


  • Assist Marketing staff create print and digital book promotions.

  • Design and layout academic print or electronic direct mailing pieces

  • Provide assistance in delivering image files for publicity and online use

  • Provide production and design assistance for press kits, etc.

  • Website and blog design, including possible production of audio/video podcasts & book trailer


  • Meet with the Editorial department to learn about department functions

  • Conduct library and Internet research for potential books/anthologies/reprints

  • Conduct photo and art research for covers and interiors, including permissions and ordering

  • Read trade journals and attend acquisitions meetings


  • Meet with the Production Manager to learn about department functions and attend production meetings

  • Complete production and design work on print-on-demand titles and reprints, including reworking existing cover and text files

  • Provide production and design support for new titles, including possible cover and interior design.


  • Attend staff meetings; meet with the Press Director and other divisional staff to learn the business

  • Production and design presentation assistance, including charts, graphs, and PowerPoint

Knowledge intern is expected to gain:

  • Knowledge of the MHS Press overall business, strategy, and function

  • Experience in all aspects of working with the MHS Press

  • Design samples for student portfolio

Additional Materials Required: Design samples

How to apply: Send a cover letter, resume, PDF copy of school transcripts, and any required additional materials to Applications are open March 1-31, 2020.