Art Director Internship

Type of work: Internship
Location: Denver, Colorado
Date Posted: April 6th, 2012

Art Director Internship, Cactus
Address: 2128 15th Street
Location: Denver, CO
Application Deadline: April 30, 2012
Position: Part-Time, Unpaid (College Credit)
Timeframe: Summer 2012

Creative Team Intern: Advertising Agency
Do you believe that great advertising is about more than just selling a product? Do you stay up at night thinking about how the right idea, executed in the right way has the power to build brands, influence culture and change the world? Do you like to make things? Can you think about the big-picture while simultaneously scrutinizing the details? Do you mine creative briefs like a grizzled old prospector hungry for gold? Are you a creative thinker, with a passion for learning? If so, we should talk.

Position Summary:
This isn’t your typical coffee-fetcher internship. As a Cactus intern, you will be an integral part of the creative team, creating work across all forms of media for a variety of state, national and international clients. You will work closely with all departments at Cactus to create integrated campaigns that deftly deliver on strategic insights and solve business objectives while simultaneously exceeding creative expectations. You will be involved in the creative process from initial concepts to final production, gaining exposure to all agency roles and processes.

With great power comes great responsibility. You will be responsible for assisting members of the Cactus team in all areas of the creative process; concepting campaigns, designing layouts, pre-production, post-production and perhaps the occasional coffee run. In addition to assisting the creative team with the day-to-day workload, interns will be given ownership of their own client projects for which they will be the primary creative team.

This internship is designed for college seniors or recent graduates from a creative advertising program. You should be committed to pursuing a career as an art director, already have a solid understanding of production software (Adobe Creative Suite, etc.), and a strong student portfolio. This internship isn’t designed to teach the basics, but rather to help talented individuals leap across the gap from being an advertising student to an advertising professional. Finally, you must work well in a team environment, as we will be hiring one writer and one art director/designer to work as a creative team.

Our internships are unpaid and potential candidates can receive academic course credit from their college/university for program completion. We ask for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Education: College senior or recent grad, some related experience, coursework or club involvement.

About Cactus:
Cactus is a full-service brand communications agency providing business solutions for companies and causes through brand strategy, advertising, design, interactive and media services. Cactus has been nationally recognized for its break-through creative executions by The One Show, Communication Arts, The Webby Awards, South by Southwest, Favourite Website Awards, Advertising Age, Creativity and Print's Regional Design Annual.

We just want to get to know you, that’s all. Please take time to thoughtfully answer the following questions. Remember: Good things, when short, are twice as good.

1. What is it about advertising that interests you?

2. In one paragraph, describe a recent campaign that you thought was effective and why.

3. Briefly tell us about the insight/strategy behind one of your favorite pieces in your portfolio.

4. Describe the work environment that helps you thrive. Maybe you do your best work late at night with a laptop on the floor, early in the morning with a focused group, or maybe with a partner and a notepad in a loud coffee shop.

5. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

6. What do you hope to learn during your internship?

7. What days/times during the week are you available to intern at Cactus? (A minimum of 20 hours a week are required)

8. Are you interning for school credit and if so, what are the requirements?

How to apply:

How to Apply:
Interested applicants are required to submit a copy of a current resume, portfolio, and a completed questionnaire. Website portfolios are preferred, but PDFs will also be accepted. APPLICANTS WITHOUT A PORTFOLIO WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Please email your information to and include ART DIRECTOR INTERN in the subject line.

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