Design Internship – America’s Charities

Do you want to get a head start on your career while you’re still in school? Do you want to build your design portfolio and get to know the ins and outs of a fast-paced and results-oriented marketing and communications department? Then America’s Charities is here to help.

We inspire employees and organizations to support causes they care about. We do this to bring more resources to the nonprofits that are changing our world. We have distributed more than $675 million to more than 10,000 charities since 1980.

America’s Charities, a nonprofit itself, helps you help others through workplace giving, employee engagement, and CSR. We sit squarely at the intersection of the nonprofit sector and employers, helping both sustainably increase social impact. The graphic here shows you the funds we helped raise for causes in 2016 alone – and the kind of design we look to you for.

We are seeking a Design Intern for the upcoming semester (now through December 2018). This part-time, unpaid position based in Chantilly, Virginia – a suburb of Washington, DC – provides on-the-job training and exciting career experience. America’s Charities is committed to working with you to ensure that the experience is practical and career-building. We are also happy to work with you and your advisors to receive college credit for your work.

Primary Purpose: You will be responsible for creating meaningful experiences for America’s Charities audience – both online and off, and growing that audience through innovative creative campaigns. This is a 15 hour per week hands-on job focused on developing creative branding themes, infographics, graphics for inbound marketing campaigns, and measurement of design activities. This is your chance to join a collaborative environment where everyone’s contributions are essential and valued. At America’s Charities, you’ll have opportunities to flex your creative muscles and contribute your originality in all aspects of design—from conception to completion. Reports to Lindsay Nichols, America’s Charities’ Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Design clear engaging graphic communications for print and web. This will include branded promotional items, presentations, website, e-blasts, and other marketing materials as needed
  • Contribute to creating mockups, presentations, marketing pieces, email templates, and assets such as graphics, icons, and illustrations that are congruent with our brand
  • Collaborate with our marketing team to determine appropriate objectives, concepts, and content of projects
  • Build upon constructive feedback
  • Provide design support for printing, ordering, and communications
  • Perform tasks such as image sourcing, image editing, and co-branding
  • Be creative in developing templates and setting up style guides for non-design programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Assist with a variety of administrative and organizational tasks and documentation
  • Design and layout of white papers, bylined article, sales collateral, blog posts, and more
  • Develop a comprehensive look and feel for our internal communications portal


  • A true desire to learn and dedication to the internship, including a commitment to coming in on time and working hard (this we cannot stress enough – we need someone hardworking and willing to learn!)
  • Experience in Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Word, Excel)
  • Experience in, or a desire to learn HTML/CSS, web design, email design, video editing, photography, print design, and illustration
  • Working knowledge of web standards and responsive web design, and a respect for user experience design
  • A true desire to learn and dedication to the internship, including a commitment to coming in on time and working hard
  • Currently pursuing a degree in arts, design, marketing or related program
  • Energy and passion for design and your work
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced environment effectively and in a professional and timely manner

To apply, please e-mail to Lindsay Nichols at

  • Cover letter explaining eligibility, dates of availability, and your interest in the position
  • Resume

Who is eligible?

Current undergraduate and graduate college students are eligible for the internship program. To qualify, you must be pursuing a degree, certificate or diploma (full-time or part-time), and at least 18 years of age. You also need to be in good academic standing at your school and a U.S. citizen.

What are the benefits?

  • Hands-on work experience in a fast-paced marketing department
  • Build a vast portfolio of creative concepts and design deliverables
  • Learn solid strategies for good promotion
  • Having fun while learning on the job
  • In-depth education about the world of nonprofits and the role of corporate social responsibility
  • Understand how the workplace giving approach revolutionizes philanthropic practices and makes our world better
  • Flexible work schedule; remote work is possible
  • Students may qualify for credit towards degree requirements
  • Free parking

Location: 14150 Newbrook Drive, Suite 110, Chantilly, VA 20151
Phone: (800) 458-9505

America’s Charities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Join our team today!