Main Street Graphic Design Intern (3 projects)

Internship Title:  Main Street Graphic Design Intern (3 projects)

Supervising Division/Department/Site: Community Heritage Development Division

Semester Internship is Available:  Fall/Spring/Summer

Work Location Address: 1304 Colorado Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Duration: To be determined (Can be semester based or as needed for project)

Application Closing Date: Until Filled

Hours/Week:  As long as needed to complete the project; this project can be completed remotely

Travel Required:  No   

 

INTERNSHIP JOB DESCRIPTION:

Under the direction of the Main Street Program staff, an intern could complete one (or all) of the following projects during their internship:

 

Project #1:  Posters for Vacant buildings.

  • Vacant buildings in Main Street cities need to be able to positively advertise that the space is an opportunity for a new tenant, not just an empty eyesore.
  • We would like a series of posters that use the Texas Main Street Program in the branding and messages/images appropriate to downtown businesses.   We encourage creativity in the slogans/wording.  Work Downtown, Live Downtown, Play Downtown is one example for a series.  Another common one is “This building is not empty it is full of opportunity.     The message will have to be generic enough for any city, but could potentially include blanks where a printing company could add a phone number or specific names to the poster.  Staff has example pictures on file.  
  • The goal is to have these posters at high resolution or even better vector based so that any Main Street City can use the file and print it in poster size for their downtown.  We envision small versions of the poster to be on our website so Main Street Managers have the opportunity to browse through what we have available and pick what they want.
  • Branding of Texas Main Street Program should be included.  Logo and possibly quotes of our mission/general Main Street goals could be included.

 

 Project #2: Window Coverings for Vacant buildings

  • This is similar to the above concept, but instead of a poster, a window covering would cover the entire window and have a bright colorful image of an example new business that could go inside the store.
  • The type of store should be appropriate for a historic downtown; meaning smaller scale, interior that retains and reveals historic materials, appropriate uses-restaurants, stores, boutiques, niche marketing, incubator space, entertainment etc. Images should show depth and volume of an interior store.  
  • Branding of Texas Main Street Program should be included.  Logo and possibly quotes of our mission/general Main Street goals could be included.
  • The goal is to have these window coverings at high resolution or even better vector based so that any Main Street City can use the file and print it in storefront size for their downtown.  They need to be able to be printed at different sizes and still retain the resolution.  These will be large window coverings.  Staff has example pictures on file.  Intern will have to research the best way to accomplish this.  May include site visit to print company.  We envision small versions of the window coverings to be on our website so Main Street Managers have the opportunity to browse through what we have available and pick what they want.
  • Images cannot include brand names or chain stores.  Ideally they should be original photos or images.

 

Project #3: Texas Main Street activity book

  • Promotion of the Texas Main Street Program and our Texas Main Street Cities is important for volunteers to know the goals of the organization.  A children's activity book will help teach children at a young age what the program is and hopefully gain future supporters and volunteers.  Parent knowledge can also create another opportunity for volunteers and support.
  • We would like to create an activity book that teaches about the program.  The book should include information on what; the program's goals are, historic buildings are, historic preservation is, the four points are (Economic Restructuring, Design, Organization, and Promotion) etcetera. The book can include; coloring pages, word searches, fill in the blank, games to do downtown, cut and paste, connect the dots, matching, etcetera.  Creativity is encouraged.

 

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:

Graphic Design layout (poster designs, billboard design, logos)

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Good knowledge of graphic design programs, file formats, sizes, and vector based design preferred. Program examples include, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign.  Knowledge of standard office computer skills necessary.  Ability to work independently and on detailed tasks.   

 

GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Preferred knowledge of graphic design programs, file formats, sizes, and vector based design. Applications will be accepted from currently-enrolled college students who are sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students. Degree or expected degree in architecture, history, graphic design, or a related field. Recent graduates with a bachelor seeking or have applied to a masters program may also apply. 

 

**Please submit a portfolio of work that is relatable to the project described above if you have any**

 

REMARKS (Application procedure, Special requirements): Applications must be submitted on the Texas Historical Commission’s Internship Application available on the web at www.thc.texas.gov.  Please mail applications to P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711 or deliver them in person at 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite B-65, Austin, Texas.  A resume and current transcript must be submitted with your application.  Resumes cannot be submitted in lieu of applications.  Applications will be reviewed, and top applicants will be contacted for interviews.  After a qualified person has been chosen for the specified internship, letters will be mailed to all interviewed applicants letting them know that the position has been filled. Disability access for application submission, testing and interview accommodations can be provided upon reasonable notice.

 

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