Graphic Design & Communications Internship

Posted on March 8th, 2017




Are you a CSU student who is studying communications, marketing, journalism, graphic design, or a related field? We want you!


Work on a variety of communications and marketing projects including collateral, website, blog, social media, presentations, and educational trainings. Tasks will include project management, marketing, writing, graphic design, and video editing.

  • Pay is $11-13 per hour, based on experience.
  • Position requires 5-10 hours per week with potential for additional hours.
  • Hours are flexible during normal business hours.
  • Minimum 18-month commitment required, starting ASAP.


Key Functions

  • Report Design & Marketing Collateral
    • Design and/or review PowerPoint presentations
    • Support the design and layout of client reports
    • Design IBE’s annual Year in Review
    • Design internal marketing collateral
  • Website Design & Management
    • Support content transition to new web platform
    • Keep content and images up to date
  • Video & Audio Editing
    • Produce and edit videos and audio for online trainings
  • Newsletter and Blog
    • Manage content for IBE’s quarterly newsletter: With staff support, identify content; oversee content development by interns and staff; write and edit content; manage graphics; manage layout in pre-designed template; ensure content aligns with IBE’s priorities; distribute newsletter using CSU Advance
    • Manage IBE’s newsletter distribution list: Collaborate with staff and CSU’s Advance team to ensure new contacts are added in a timely manner
    • Champion IBE’s blog: Refine and execute a new blog strategy to position IBE as a thought leader and convener in the built environment community
    • Manage day-to-day oversight of IBE’s blog: Develop and execute monthly blog schedule; support interns in developing content; write and edit content; publish content; identify opportunities
  • Social Media
    • Develop and execute a social media strategy to maximize IBE’s reach
    • Maintain presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other appropriate platforms
    • Develop and execute weekly social media schedule, engaging interns and staff as appropriate
    • Follow key industry trends



Required Skills

  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Ambition and strong ability to take initiative
  • Exceptional enthusiasm and commitment to learning
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud products (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design)
  • Related coursework in graphic design
  • Strong interest in IBE’s mission
  • Proficiency with MS Excel, Word, & PowerPoint
  • Ability to commit at least 18 months and work at least 5 hours per week


Desired Skills

  • Experience with social media and WordPress
  • Experience in basic HTML, CSS, etc.
  • Related coursework in marketing, communications, web development, and writing


About IBE

The Institute for the Built Environment (IBE) is housed within the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) and our mission is to advance the development of healthy, thriving built environments. We form interdisciplinary teams of on-campus faculty and students, and off campus professionals to take research to practice. Our paid internship program offers experiential education and practical knowledge for students who aspire to be leading sustainability professionals. Students are supported and mentored by senior IBE staff and provide professional work products for our clients. Learn more about our mentorship program.


How to apply

Please send the following to Jen Schill at


  • Cover letter that includes:
    • Overview of your key strengths, both professionally and personally
    • Description of your experience related to the primary duties and qualifications
    • Reasons you are a great addition to the IBE team
  • Resume that includes:
    • Previous work experience and current commitments
    • University program and relevant courses
    • Three professional and/or academic references
  • Writing sample (e.g., blog article, essay, report, etc.)
  • Digital Graphic Design Portfolio