Graphic Design Intern

The Illinois Prison Project (IPP) is a young nonprofit organization in Chicago that seeks to reduce mass incarceration by providing legal services to individuals incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections. We focus on novel and creative approaches to prison reduction including mass commutation campaigns, sentence restructuring, public education, and advocacy.

IPP seeks a dynamic and energetic Graphic Design Intern. The intern will create and design print and digital materials, including social media graphics, flyers and reports. The ideal candidate is passionate about supporting criminal legal system reform, detail-oriented, and has experience with or is interested in learning about graphic design. 

Interns are asked to work 15 hours per week (during regular 9am - 5pm CST business hours) for at least 12 weeks. We request that interns work roughly the same times each week and attend our daily morning meetings (at 9am) on the days that they are working. Specific start and end dates are flexible. In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours.

This position can be in-person (at our office in the Loop), remote, or a hybrid. Currently, IPP internships are unpaid.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graphic design, advertising, public relations, marketing or related major preferred
  • Basic knowledge of layouts, typography, line composition, color, and other graphic design fundamentals
  • Experience with InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Canva a plus
  • Strong creative and analytical skills
  • Compelling portfolio of graphic design work

The Illinois Prison Project is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, 

color, religion or belief, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Illinois Prison Project believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

How to Apply:

  • Please submit 1) a resume, 2) cover letter, and 3) two graphic design samples you’ve created via email to with “Graphic Design Intern” in the subject line. Please note: applications that do not include all of the requirements will not be considered.
  • In your cover letter, please specify your approximate start/end dates and your approximate available hours.
  • Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.