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Spring 2019 - Graphic Design and Data Visualization Intern

New America, a leading nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute, is seeking a paid graphic design and data visualization intern, starting in January 2019.

The graphic design and data visualization intern will assist our communications and design team in transforming New America’s policy research into print materials, data visualizations, infographics, illustrations, and social media collateral. We are looking for candidates who can help to conceptualize design content, execute design projects, and assist with the entire production process. Strong attention to detail is important in this role.

An academic background in policy is not required, but this is an ideal role for the aspiring designer with interest in current affairs, social change, public policy, and journalism.


  • Work 20-40 hours a week in our downtown D.C. office.
  • Assist our design and development team in producing print and digital collateral, including charts, maps, illustrations, and other visualizations that help to communicate complex policy ideas.
  • Develop polished print collateral templates that can be used and edited by non-designers.
  • Generate innovative design ideas while working within the framework of an existing brand identity.
  • Assist with building brand-consistent designs for email campaigns, events, and newsletters.
  • Light administrative duties as needed.


  • The ideal candidate has:
  • An interest in translating complex policy documents and data into compelling visual products.
  • A design portfolio that showcases a good understanding of visual design principles, composition, typography, imagery, illustration, and iconography.
  • Fluency in Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign and Illustrator. Additional experience in animation, coding, D3, mapping or HTML/CSS is a plus.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • The ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with other team members, suggest creative ideas, manage print and digital production processes, and deliver on tight deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and eagerness to work in a collaborative, innovative public policy setting.

Application Process:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and PDF or web portfolio by November 16. We are looking for evidence of how you can communicate complex ideas in straightforward, intuitive ways. We are especially interested in any data visualizations, charts, videos, or infographics you may have produced. Candidates without work samples will not be considered.

No phone calls or emails please

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