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Graphic Design - 500 Festival (Indianapolis · IN)

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Internship: Internship
Graphic Design Internship, Spring 2022
Areas of Focus: Graphic Design and Production of Marketing Assets
Part Time Option: 20 hours per week requested January– April & 40 hours requested leading up to and including event days in May
Full Time Option: 40 hours per week requested January– May, including event days
January 11 to June 3, 2022
(This timeframe and specific start and end dates are subjected to shift due to ongoing complications associated with the coronavirus pandemic)
Supervisor: Alexa Tindall, Creative Director
The Organization: The 500 Festival is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500. To achieve our mission, we create fun and life-changing community events that create hype around the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana in preparation for race weekend. After all, it’s the largest single-day sporting event in the world! Over half a million people are impacted by our events each May, and we love what we do. 
The People: The 500 Festival staff is 16 deep and packed with talented, hard-working professionals who care about our city, our state, and what the Indy 500 means to its history and culture. An additional 11 interns join us for the spring semester, and another 3,500+ volunteers help us make May a month-long celebration covered in Hoosier hospitality. 
The Atmosphere: The office culture is a blend of professionalism and fun with varying personalities and skillsets. We take our jobs seriously, but at the end of the day, we’re the Festival! Whether you’re planning the nation’s best half marathon, executing a flawless red carpet event, or producing one of the world’s largest parades, it’s hard work, but always fun and rewarding! 
The Candidates: We want the hardest working and most passionate students. If you’re looking for a career in events, have a willingness to learn, flexibility to put in some long hours in May, and you’d like to have a blast with a class of 10 other interns, then, join us this spring and help us produce the greatest month-long series of events on Earth. 
Please note- The 500 Festival is committed to providing a safe working environment for our 
Employees, our event participants and members of the public with whom we interact regularly. Internship offers may be contingent on proof of the COVID-19 vaccination being administered.
The Graphic Design Intern supports the 500 Festival’s Creative Director in day-to-day duties of design and production of marketing assets for the 500 Festival’s programs events. Potential projects include, but aren’t limited to, designing visual, content for social media, designing print and digital advertisements, production of event-day signage. The Graphic Design Intern is a critical member of the 500 Festival’s marketing and communications team, which functions as the internal marketing and PR agency for the organization.  
The ideal candidate for this position:
  • Possesses strong graphic design skills, composition and layout skills and experience in art production
  • Must have strong knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InDesign. Working knowledge of Adobe Premiere is a plus
  • Has strong organizational skills, verbal communication skills, creativity, initiative and the ability to manage multiple tasks at once
  • Has strong attention to detail and enjoys working in a collaborative team environment
  • Has knowledge of effective branding practices
The candidate must also be flexible and willing to gain hands on experience for all of the 500 Festival events. This would include the ability to go above and beyond while gaining insight into some of Indiana’s largest events. All interns will learn about and participate in event set up, tear down and production for all 500 Festival events and programs.
Note: Additional materials are needed when applying for this internship. After completing your online application, please submit a PDF portfolio, link to your website or online portfolio (BeHance, Dribble or similar program) in order to be considered for this position. Sample materials can be submitted within the Teamwork website. 
Learning Objectives: 
  • Assist with the design of marketing assets including: event signage, posters, programs, digital invitations, social media visual content, banner ads, and other print collateral
    • Objective: Initiative, marketing/branding, content creation, relationship management, build skillset within Creative Suite
  • Assist with 500 Festival social media execution including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. This includes branding of social media platforms, brainstorming and planning concepts for contests and/or campaigns, designing necessary graphics to support a campaign, knowledge of image sizes for each social platform, etc
    • Objective: Design for social media platforms, planning and strategy, researching emerging trends
  • Assist with the creation of visual assets and/or content for the 500 Festival website and
    • Objective: Designing for the web and mobile, branding 
  • Assist in the creation and routing of print and digital marketing collateral to support 500 Festival events and programs
    • Objective: Initiative, marketing/branding, client management, and business communication 
  • Plan, storyboard and design infographics that communicate the 500 Festival’s mission and vision
    • Objective: Visual communication, project management, designing for the web
  • Oversee front desk approximately 2-3 times monthly.
    • Objective: General organizational knowledge, teamwork, phone / in person communication skills  
  • Attend and provide support for all 500 Festival events
    • Objective: Event planning, problem-solving, photography and interpersonal skills
Compensation & Educational Requirements:  
  • The intern must obtain educational credit from an accredited college or university
  • The intern will earn a weekly stipend of $200 for full-time and adjusted accordingly for part-time that will be paid at the end of each month
  • No relocation or housing assistance is provided 
Application Process:
  • Interested candidates should apply with cover letter and resume at: 
  • Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received
  • The internship duration is expected to occur between January and June 2022, however specific start and end dates will be mutually agreed upon by and with consideration of the selected candidate’s degree requirements and the 500 Festival’s Spring 2022 event schedule.
  • Due to the ongoing pandemic, all interviews with potential candidates will take place via Microsoft Teams
  • Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the month of May in Indianapolis
  • Assist in production of 500 Festival events and programs while gaining valuable insight
  • First-hand view and involvement in production of world-class events and programs 
  • Free, convenient parking during business hours 
  • 500 Festival branded apparel 
  • Opportunity to collaborate with community leaders and volunteers 
  • Two tickets to the AES 500 Festival Parade
  • Two tickets to the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge
  • Professional development opportunities throughout the spring offered through the 500 Festival Leadership Development Program, presented by BKD
  • Great experience and fun!