Cause Areas


Mon Jun 04, 2018 - Fri Aug 24, 2018


2446 University Ave W, Suite 110St. Paul, MN 55114


Volunteer Description - Digital & Graphic Design Thrift Intern

Organization Summary: The Arc Minnesota is a non-profit grassroots advocacy organization serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities & their families. Intellectual & developmental disabilities include Down syndrome, autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy & related conditions. The Arc helps people address issues such as early intervention, education, transition to adulthood, employment, housing, health care, guardianship, transportation, supports available to families/caregivers and on policy issues at local, state and national levels.

Position Summary: Directly supporting The Arc’s Value Village marketing team, this position participates as a member of the team by applying skills in creative design and implementing graphic designs for Arc’s Value Village thrift stores. Arc’s Value Village helps make life better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. This position includes, but is not limited to, editing and designing digital files for print and online modalities. Work is conducted in collaboration with and under the supervision of retail marketing staff.


  • Develop annual in-store signage plan for The Arc’s Value Village stores with deliverables and delivery schedule
  • Implement plan on schedule while updating, evaluating and editing existing files
  • Work with team members to conceptualize and develop graphics
  • Develop, recommend and implement compelling new campaign visuals
  • Create, print and deliver designs for point-of-sale, sale and related promotional posters, promotional signage, newspaper ads, etc. meeting quality standards
  • Evaluate and report on strength of assets (designs); make recommendations based on review of competitors’ and best in class
  • Research and recommend processes for on-demand and in-store sign making
  • Provide design & content recommendations for The Arc’s Value Village website; implement changes as directed
  • Evaluate process effectiveness and makes recommendations for improvement
  • Web related work if applicable and other duties and projects as requested
  • A written recap of their experience and what they learned from their internship with Arc

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • Gain experience by applying design talent and knowledge that contribute to a nonprofit thrift business supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Gain a working understanding of the workflow, production requirements and creativity required to succeed in a retail graphic design environment
  • Expand professional portfolio with a wide variety of design and production applications
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance and communication to multiple audiences
  • Demonstrate skill in effective use of resources and time management


  • Knowledge of media and electronic communication systems; must have demonstrated knowledge in Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign and Photoshop specifically
  • Knowledge of marketing and communications
  • Willingness to demonstrate initiative and successfully work both as a team member and independently
  • Excellent project management, problem solving and time management skills; must be action oriented
  • Project management experience; can prioritize and multi-task in fast-paced environment
  • Must possess excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Pursuing a degree in Communications, Marketing, Graphic Design, Digital Arts or related field preferred

Time Commitment: A digital and graphic design focused position May - end of August 2018. Must be available to intern 10-12 hours a week. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm with occasional evenings and weekends as needed. An exit interview will also be conducted to gauge intern experience and to make recommendations for improvement. Includes a $1000 stipend payable in August or the utilization of work study if eligible.

Attention: Michelle Theisen

The Arc Minnesota | 2446 University Ave W, Suite 110 | St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone: (952) 920-0855 | Fax: (952) 920-1480

E-mail: michelletheisen@arcminnesota.org


  • Graphic Design / Print

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