QPG DIVERSITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM-Design Intern

Seattle, US

QPG DIVERSITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

DESIGN INTERN

The Quarto Publishing Group USA, is part of the global Quarto Publishing brand, with over 20 North Americanimprints creating toys, illustrated books, and books plus for international and co-edition sales.

With an office located in Bellevue, Washington, we are seeking two Design students for exciting professional internships in our 2020-2021 Quarto Diversity Internship Program, which is intended to provide diverse students with opportunities to integrate real world professional design experiences concurrent with their ongoing undergraduate studies.

This year's Quarto Diversity Internship Program will run from for 6 months (beginning in November 2020). One Internship position is for a Product Developer (Industrial Designer), and the other is for a (Graphic) Designer.

Both Internships will be a part of our Bellevue Product Development Team working on projects primarily for our imprint SmartLab Toys, as well as a variety of book-related content for becker&mayer! Books and other imprints of the Quarto Group. Interns will work a total of 20 hours per week, remotely to start, and possibly on-site should COVID-19 related office closures relax in the future. Interns will be supervised by the Senior Brand Manager, and integrated into a variety of product development tasks, assignments, and projects, fulfilling a wide variety of creative requests for the Product Development Team.

Eligible student applicants must be diverse students enrolled full-time as of Fall 2020 as either a Junior, Senior in a college-level undergraduate, or a Graduate student in a design or design-related master's program in the Seattle metropolitan area. Applicants must be able to work remotely (and possibly on-location post-COVID-19 related office closures) for the duration of the Internship Program. Each internship position requires a commitment to 20 cumulative weekly hours, to be scheduled in concert with the Senior Brand Manager and the Product Development Team.

Ideal, experienced candidates must present a body of portfolio work in their discipline(s) that demonstrates ongoing study and aptitude in one or both of these majors as follows:

Industrial Design majors should demonstrate comprehension of and achievement in the fundamentals of industrial design history, practice, and problem solving, supported by a competitive student portfolio of work that depicts the following: Excellent-level student freehand sketching, drawing, and rendering skills; Evidence of hands-on modelmaking, 3D prototyping, and mock-up fabrication for proof-of-concepts; Intermediate-level student CAD design proficiency and portfolio work in a variety of 3D surface and solids modeling software applications; Visual aptitude using vector and pixel-based software for presentation, illustration, and digital enhancement of design work; Above-average verbal and written presentation skills; Fundamental understanding of materials and methods in manufacturing. Additional assets and skill sets would include experience with graphic design, photography, videography, toys, exhibits, and testing.

Graphic Design (Visual Communication Design) majors should demonstrate comprehension of and achievement in the fundamentals of graphic design history, practice, and problem solving, supported by a competitive student portfolio of work that depicts the following: Excellent-level student sketch, layout, composition, and design skills using both vector and pixel-based software tools from the Adobe Creative Cloud; Evidence of hands-on paste-up and mock-up work for presentations and finished samples; Above-average verbal and written presentation skills; Fundamental understanding of layout and composition, formats, typography, color, digital design file management and customization, print file preparation, digital and press printing and production, and print and binding materials for production. Additional assets and skill sets would include experience with industrial design, photography, videography, toys, exhibits, and testing.

Applicants must demonstrate at least an intermediate-level student understanding of the following design principalsusing a variety of industry standard software tools including:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software (working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and other ACC applications required for both Graphic Design and Industrial Design majors)
  • CAD (Autodesk Fusion 360 and/or Solidworks and/or equivalent required for Industrial Design majors)
  • Fundamental knowledge of 3D printing and prototyping (required for Industrial Design majors)
  • Candidates should be comfortable working with Apple OS as their primary platform.
  • Students must have access to their own computer and software resources and/or be supported by their college with industry standard tools (Adobe Creative Cloud, CAD, other).

Responsibilities and Duties: Interns will work closely (virtually at first, and possibly in-person post-COVID-19 related office closures) with various members of the SmartLab Toys Product Development Team and other Quarto Bellevue staff members on a variety of products and content for toys, books, and books plus. Interns will be required to work a minimum of 20 hours, and a maximum of 30 hours per week.

Experience & Education Requirements: Applicants must be full-time enrolled Junior or Senior level majors in an Industrial Design and/or a (Graphic) design undergraduate program or a graduate student in a design or design-related program in the Seattle metropolitan area.

Application Process: Interested applicants may submit the following materials directly to the email address below:

  • Cover letter stating interests, short description of design work and experience, and objectives. Cover letter must detail why you are applying; how this internship opportunity might expand your studies; and how your background and experiences would contribute to a more diverse, more inclusive workplace.
  • Link to digital online design portfolio and/or PDF of work

Please submit all application materials via email to internship@quarto.com.

Application will be reviewed upon receipt until final interns are selected. Eligible, select candidates will be contacted for initial telephone interviews.

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