Our graphic design apprenticeship program, accredited by Mass Mentoring, prepares you for a promising career in graphic design. This is not an internship doing file management or administrative tasks. It is a true apprenticeship, where you make valuable contributions and art directors take a personal interest in your career path and development. Our program is effective because it gives you time to explore, participate, ask questions, and learn!
During the apprenticeship you will:
- work on interactive and print projects including logos, brochures, books, invitations, presentations, websites, icons, and infographics
- learn about print production, go on a press check, and work with print vendors
- learn how to work with clients
Apply by April 1. Qualified candidates are invited to interviews in our graphic design studio in April and the student chosen for the apprenticeship is notified in May. The work starts in September. You must be able to commit 10 hours/week and we offer $15/hour. Depending on performance and fit, we offer the possibility to expand the apprenticeship to a second semester.
Application deadline is April 1. You must be a rising senior in a graphic design program.
Email the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- cover letter
- completed Opus Design Apprenticeship Application
- portfolio website URL or electronic portfolio samples (PDF)
Candidates will be invited to interviews in April and the apprenticeship will be awarded in May.
The student is permitted to use the work developed during the apprenticeship for portfolio purposes with permission from a supervisor. The student should indicate the role he/she played in the development of the project.
The apprenticeship pays $15/hour and payments are made once per month. The student is responsible to work with his/her school to receive credit for the internship.
My apprenticeship at Opus gave me insight into how a small design studio works in the real world. I was immersed in the fast and productive pace of the graphic design field and was able to use the skills I had learned at MassArt with real clients. I worked closely with the designers and art directors, Lily and Julia, learning many new design and technical skills. The apprenticeship gave me the perfect outside of school experience to build my confidence as a designer.
My apprenticeship at Opus Design has been an outstanding hands-on experience. Creative Directors, Julia Frenkle and Lily Robles have provided productive guidance and extensive encouragement, as I learned the technicalities of digital design and print publication. They assisted me in advancing my knowledge, expanding my design skills and stretching my creative boundaries. While working with the Opus team and their clients, I have had the chance to practice essential skills relating to oral communication, problem solving and time management. The apprenticeship has allowed me to gain meaningful insight into the field of graphic design that I am certain I could not have acquired in the college classroom.
During the apprenticeship at Opus I was able to feel like I was just as much of an integral part to their team as they were to furthering my knowledge, skills and understanding of how things work in a design studio. By offering it for a year rather than for just one semester I was able to immerse myself more fully into the environment and work flow of the studio. It was truly a valuable experience that benefitted both my time as a student and who I am as a designer today.
The year-long Opus apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity to learn how a small design studio operates day-to-day, and to gain hands-on experience with the professional practice of both print and digital graphic design. Julia and Lily work closely with apprentices to provide invaluable guidance on design and technical skills. And since Opus was founded by a MassArt grad, it’s heartening to see evidence of the program’s effectiveness and its robust network in the Boston design community.
Interning at Opus has pushed me to develop my own skills and critical thinking as a designer. My art directors are enthusiastic about allowing me to explore design solutions on my own. Hand lettering is a special focus of mine and I was able to incorporate this skill into pieces for clients during this internship and use these peices in my portfolio. You will not find opportunities like these often at other internships.
Being a part of Opus has shown me how to be a confident designer and work with others in a professional environment. I now have a much better understanding of the design field, and have grown to appreciate it more than I could have imagined. It has taught me to always ask questions and to always look for more ways to solve problems. Through this apprenticeship, my skills have grown tremendously, both on and off the computer. I have learned how to take part in a professional group, while having fun creating design that I love. It has been an incredible experience for me to see myself grow and become a better designer.
The apprenticeship was the perfect complement to my education at Massart. It was amazing to see a graphic design studio in action and be a part of it. In the end I had a variety of projects to add to my portfolio, even a credited illustration for a book cover.