Graphic Design Intern

Position:  Graphic Design Assistant Intern

Location:  Waterloo, Iowa

Job Summary

Looking for a college student who can commit to 2 or more semesters to gain a wonderful hands-on work experience with a regional nonprofit affiliated with the National Park Service.  Individual will assist development of programs, marketing/communications and education materials for the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Create graphics and design layouts for program, marketing/communication and education materials, including e-newsletters, website, social media, print ads and visitor guide, flyers, postcards and reports
  • Collaborate with the marketing and program staff to support projects with design solutions
  • Prepare and send out communications to partner organizations and potential tourists using email communication tools
  • Assist in implementing website updates
  • Assist in mailings, filing, copying, and preparation for meetings and other general office duties


Majors – Communication, Graphic Design, Graphic Technologies, History, Interactive Digital Studies, Leisure, Youth, Human Services (Non-Profit Management/Tourism), Marketing, Public Relations or other related major
Preferred Skills/Experience

  • Proficient and comfortable working in Adobe Creative Suites, including InDesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop and/or other common design and layout applications
  • Enthusiasm for the design process and attentiveness to different project goals
  • Prior experience creating graphics and a solid grasp of design concepts
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to work independently with instruction and as a team member
  • Proficient in email and internet communication


Other Considerations

Requires occasional work on evenings/weekends and in-town and out-of-town travel with occasional overnight travel.

Reports to:                        Communications & Marketing Manager

Wage:                                 $9.25/hour

Hours per week:               18-25 hours/week for fall/spring, 35-40 hours/week for summer

Semesters:                         Summer and fall 2016, spring 2017 possibly additional semesters

TO APPLY:  Send a cover letter, resume and design samples to:

Regular mail:

ATTN:  Jori Wade-Booth

Silos & Smokestacks NHA

P.O. Box 2845

Waterloo, IA  50704-2845


Organization Background

In 1996, Silos & Smokestacks, a private 501(c)(3), was congressionally designated as a National Heritage Area to preserve and tell the story of American agriculture and its global significance through partnerships and activities that celebrate the land, people, and communities of the area. Serving as Affiliated Areas of the National Park Service, each National Heritage Area preserves its own unique part of the American story. One of 49 National Heritage Areas in the nation, Silos & Smokestacks is the only National Heritage Area dedicated to preserving America’s agricultural story.