Digital Design Studio Intern

Phase2 Technology is so excited to announce our new Digital Design Studio Internship. Our sales team is looking for two interns to join us for 20 weeks to help us design new business proposals and other materials to sell websites to the world’s most influential organizations.
Phase2 has had a busy year, and we need help designing proposals to put our best foot forward for opportunities we pursue in 2015. Interns will spend their time transforming content into beautiful layouts in InDesign, creating presentation materials, researching potential clients to find meaningful brand alignment, editing proposal content, journaling ideas and questions, and pursuing various sales support tasks.
Here is the really exciting part: We are trying a bit of an experiment with this program, and we are eager for your ideas and thoughts. Phase2 leads the industry in innovative web design strategies and experience design. Our plan is to use these tools and processes as a theoretical framework and toolkit for creating our sales materials. We want to see what happens when we merge traditional graphic design with web tools and processes. We just might be able to create some magic.
You will learn more about what that looks like as a process, but for now, know that this structure means you will have the opportunity to learn all about atomic and component design, user experience analysis and processes, brand alignment strategy, and traditional graphic design in one integrated program. We want you to explore a wide variety of web, design, and sales/marketing careers as a part of this program, and we have arranged an amazing lineup of the best minds in the business to help. Interested? Read on!

This program is open to students and recent graduates in a higher education design focused program (undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students preferred). Must be able to commit 12 hours per week from January – June 2015.

Deal makers and breakers:
Graphic design skills
InDesign intermediate to advanced knowledge
Photoshop intermediate knowledge
Copy editing ability, knowledge of grammar, ability to edit for consistent voice
Desire to explore the intersection of traditional graphic design and web design and experience principles
Ability to work with a team and as a part of a larger process
Ability to create quality work on tight deadlines
Attention to detail

Really helpful:
Illustrator intermediate knowledge
Love of beautiful things
Understanding of marketing and brands
Understanding of professional services sales processes
Knowledge of open source web
Career aspirations in web fields, design, or marketing and sales
Excellent problem solving skills
Ability to express Phase2’s differentiators and strengths through design

School Credit: School credit is determined by your school, but we are very happy to help in providing the documentation you need to make it happen.
Schedule and Time Commitment: The program requires a commitment of 12 hours per week during winter and spring terms. Hours can be scheduled around your school commitments but generally must occur during regular business hours and on a consistent schedule. Special projects and continuing apprenticeship may be available between terms and after the program is finished.
Work Setting: Interns will spend the majority of working time in our Portland office, located in the Pearl district. You will have a dedicated work station in our open office setting. We will provide you with an iMac with all the goodies to use on your Phase2 projects. We have an awesome office, and you will benefit very much from having access to all of our talented folks.
Compensation: $16 per hour, recommendation letters, school credit if applicable.

To Apply:

Interested? Fantastic! Here is how to apply. We are looking for two seriously talented people to spend 20 weeks with us learning about design in our world and offering hard work and creative ideas in return. Here’s what we want to know about you. Authenticity and creativity are highly encouraged.

Please answer questions 1-6:
1. The Basics: Your name, phone number, email address, website/blog/ (if you have one)
2. Education: school, program, major, how far are you through your program and what do you have left?
3. Work Experience
4. Gold Stars: What accomplishments of yours have you been recognized? This can include awards, scholarships, publications, online kudos, recommendations, testimonials from others, etc.
5. What is your experience with InDesign? How about Photoshop and Illustrator?
6. Please submit your best design work, no more than 10 pieces. Include for each any context you want us to know, the program you used to create it, and the time you spent on the design.

Please answer any 3 of these questions:
7. Why do you want to participate in this internship?
8. What are your career aspirations?
9. What do you think Phase2 is all about? What do we have in common with you?
10. What is your experience with copy editing and grammar knowledge?
11. What are you unsure about with this program? What concerns you the most?
12. What are the three most awesome things about you?
13. Oxford commas: for or against? Explain yourself.
14. What makes you burst with geeky excitement?

Please submit your response to the questions and queries above in a digital format (the more creative, the better!) The format, layout, length, and creative approach are up to you, just make sure it is your own work and it reflects you and your style in the best way possible. Have something awesome you want to include that requires a different format or is not requested above? Feel free to send it along in addition. Check with Caitlin first if it requires specific software or technology to view.

To: Caitlin Loos
E-mail: cloos@phase2technology.com
Subject Line: Digital Design Studio_(your name)
Include: A brief note to introduce yourself and a link to your application submission (Dropbox, Google Drive, attachment, etc will all work)

Applications due: December 18 by midnight
Interview notification: December 23 (we will let you know either way)
Interviews scheduled: January 5-9
Internship start: January 12
A note about timing: We understand that this time of year can be tricky with the end of the term, finals, holidays, travel, etc. We can be flexible with interview schedules, and video conference interviews are an option if you are going to be out of town. Early interviews may be possible if your circumstances require it.

We will get in touch with you by December 23. If you are invited to interview, we will want to chat with you in person, talk to a few references, and evaluate your design and editing skills.