SAAIP Summer Motion Graphic Designer/Visual Storyteller Internship

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SUMMER INTERN POSITION DESCRIPTION Motion Graphic Designer/Visual Storyteller

Spend your summer with a creative team at Wisconsin Public Television. Help us provide graphics for our annual Auction and other programs, and spend time developing your own visual storytelling skills. Our goal is to help you develop the tools to tell a story using video, sound, graphics, and motion. At the end of the internship we hope you will have produced at least one piece that can go on your reel, and maybe even on our air. Learn what it takes to produce the graphics for television productions.

We are seeking applicants with visual design skills, basic computer skills and experience in Photoshop. Other desirable skills are an interest in storytelling, experience with Illustrator or After Effects, and most importantly, willingness to work collaboratively.  We want to spend this time with you producing creative work, not tech training. So if you are unfamiliar with After Effects or Illustrator, we can give you access to tutorials that you can use before beginning the internship. Professional examples of our work can be seen at:

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program (SAAIP), you must be:

  • A full-time Wisconsin student or out of state student enrolled in a college/university, or vocational technical program in the state of Wisconsin, AND
  • A current student who will be a junior in the fall following the internship, or has completed at least one year of a 2 year technical college program.


  1. Use Photoshop and After Effects to create broadcast and web graphics
  2. Be involved in different aspects of producing WPT's annual on-air Auction
  3. Create your own "Wisconsin Life" story using motion graphics
  4. Support live and post-edited production of different WPT programs
  5. Collaborate with and learn from a creative team
  6. Attend educational seminars provided to staff
  7. Other duties as assigned


  • Basic computer and online skills.
  • An aesthetic eye, a love of design.
  • Photoshop and Illustrator experience
  • Competent written and oral communication
  • Interest in storytelling
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Passion for learning and new experiences
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines


  • After Effects or other motion graphics software
  • Positive attitude
  • Curiosity and a willingness to assume the best of people
  • Illustration/drawing skills
  • Ability to hear constructive criticism and put it to your benefit


Work will be performed M-F, 20 hours per week (times flexible) for 12 weeks, in Vilas Hall, 821 University Avenue (on Madison Metro bus lines). Pay is $10 per hour.

To apply, send resume and a personal essay outlining your interest in and suitability for this internship to: Alex Behnke, 821 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706 or  For best consideration, please submit your materials by March 27, 2017.