Graphic Design Intern

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Oakland Museum of CA


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Oakland, CA 94607

Job Description: 

The Oakland Museum of California strives to provide innovative learning opportunities to students of diverse backgrounds and areas of study that are interested in working with a multidisciplinary museum that puts visitors and community at the center of our work.

The Oakland Museum of California values are fundamental to our institutional culture and guide our work together.

Excellence: We are committed to excellence and working at the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Community: We believe everyone should feel welcome and part of our community, both within the Museum and with our visitors and neighbors.

Innovation: We embrace innovation and calculated risk-taking to achieve our mission.

Commitment: Our work at the Museum demonstrates a sense of purpose and a shared accountability for the institution's success.

Position Description:

This Graphic Design intern will support the work of the graphic design team, including exhibition design, and support the Design Studio in a wide range of needs. Work will include graphic design, branding documentation, 3D exhibition design exposure, research, group critique, and organizing the office.



Educational Objective:

Through this internship, students will learn about working in a museum design office. They will learn systems and branding conventions; develop places and processes to share work in progress; and be exposed to designing for museums, accessibility, and durability.

Under the close supervision of 2D Exhibit Designer (Graphic Designer), the intern will learn about and gain direct experience in:

  • Graphic design in Adobe Creative Cloud / Suite
  • Breaking down existing brands into component parts and templates
  • Processes for archiving, sharing, and critiquing work
  • Designing for accessibility
  • Preparing presentations
  • General office support



  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud / Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Detail-oriented
  • Organized
  • At least 18 years of age


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently exposed to the following:

  • General office environment
  • Mock-up tools, such as knife blades and glue


  • Paid hourly rate
  • Free one year annual membership including cafe and store discounts
  • Cultural Connections Membership
  • American Alliance of Museums Membership

We are happy to work with your educational institution to provide credit for this internship.


The Oakland Museum of California is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We highly encourage our diverse community to apply for available employment, internship, fellowship and volunteer positions at the Museum, as we aim to ensure our staff reflects the diversity of our visitors and surrounding community.

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