Graphic Design Internship (Fall 2021) Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the world’s largest museum planning and interpretive design firm, is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduate students for Fall 2021. Recent graduates, graduate students, and emerging professionals are also welcome to apply.


RAA Internships are open to interested persons looking to further their academic and/or career goals in museums and cultural institutions and/or related areas. Interns will gain valuable work experience and professional development in a dynamic, collaborative, and creative office environment.

  • Hours: 2-5 days/week or 16-40 hours/week (can accommodate school schedule)
  • Compensation: $20.00/hour

RAA internships can be completed remotely, in our New York studio space, or a combination thereof. All applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of location within the US.


About RAA:

Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) are planners, designers, and producers of award-winning museums and educational attractions. Founded in 1978, RAA provides comprehensive services to clients with missions in the areas of public education, public-space and institutional design, and the development of new cultural centers and programs. Our portfolio includes approximately 700 completed commissions in 50 countries. Headquartered in New York, with branch offices in London, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing, and Dubai, RAA’s staff includes designers, architects, historians, educators, media specialists, technologists, and researchers who work in dedicated project teams that are passionate about experiential design and communications.

Past projects include the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Newseum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum all in Washington, D.C.; the Nordic Museum, Seattle, Washington; the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Internship Overview:

The 2D Design Intern works under the guidance of Senior 2D Design staff to help produce exhibit graphic concept and other project-specific assignments. The 2D Design staff works closely with RAA's Content staff, 3D Design staff, and clients to determine the exhibition design visual identity, graphic systems, and layouts. Candidates should have strong conceptual ability and editorial strength.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting 2D Design staff with exhibit graphic design development
  • Contributing to exhibit visual identity development
  • Designing and producing graphic systems, layouts, and documentation (graphic layouts, graphic elevations, maps, illustrations, diagrams, fabrication specifications, etc.)
  • Creating art samples for fabricators and assisting in graphic production
  • Working on multiple projects concurrently and meeting all project deadlines


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A. or B.F.A.) or other advanced degree in Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Visual Communications, or a related field
  • A creative portfolio that demonstrates a strong design sensibility, conceptual clarity, editorial eye, and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop), Adobe Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Workspace
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, proactively, and collaboratively as part of a team


EEO Statement:

Ralph Appelbaum Associates is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other legally protected status. We encourage women, minorities, and candidates from other underrepresented communities to apply.

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