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Graphic Design Careers & Internships

Graphic designers combine art and technology to communicate with various audiences through print and digital media. Mount Mary University’s graphic design program prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities. From working with social media or designing brand images and logos, or producing 3-D animations or designing magazines and brochures, the possibilities are limitless.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for graphic designers is $43,500. You could work for a corporation, nonprofit organization, publishing company, marketing firm, advertising agency, graphic design firm or be self-employed. For example, graphic designers may work as:

  • Animators
  • Art directors
  • Art production managers
  • Creative directors
  • Freelance graphic designers
  • Illustrators
  • Package designers
  • Photo editors
  • Website designers

If you plan to be a freelance graphic designer, Mount Mary’s entrepreneurship minor could be a good addition to your curriculum to help expand your knowledge of best business practices.

Get Real-World Experience During College

An internship is required for graphic design students. Beginning in your freshman year, you’ll begin to prepare for an internship through discussions in class and annual portfolio reviews. Through an internship experience, you can see where you fit in within the industry, where your talents excel and learn more about the types of companies you do or don’t want to work for in the future.