Communications Design Fellow

A Communications Design Fellowship with our team is an opportunity to grow your technical expertise while working on projects that help improve the lives of millions of New Yorkers. We are currently seeking fellowship candidates with an exemplary visual portfolio, leadership skills, and a strong interest in storytelling and strategic communications. Projects will focus on developing executive communication materials, office wide and Service Design Studio-specific branding, presentations, and social media designs.

Fellowships are temporary, paid positions that entail a 4-5 day/week commitment starting mid-November, 2021–mid-May, 2022.


Based on your skills and interests, responsibilities will include:

  • Producing documents and layouts that exemplify our office's portfolio, successes, and mission and values.
  • Evolve brand style guides for the office, as well as for specific initiatives.
  • Work with staff to create project deliverables that span across our teams.
  • Evolve the Service Design Studio’s brand, and produce new assets to complement our Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics.
  • Assist in the preparation of presentation decks and templates for the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, Service Design Studio and individual products.
  • Create assets for social media.
  • Co-lead strategic communications and storytelling around the Service Design Studio and our projects.
  • Other work as determined within the scope of this role by the Design Director.

  Skills We're Seeking

We understand that candidates may not have all of the skills we are seeking below. We encourage those interested to apply even if they do not meet all of them. We are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

Commitment to the mission of advancing greater equality and opportunity through human-centered design practices in government.

Experience working closely with communities who are engaging with public services and programs and/or has lived-experience engaging with public services and programs themselves.

Experience in policy, government or non-profit, in particular with low-income and vulnerable youth and families is a plus.

Demonstrates graphic design and branding skills (for both print and digital) with a growing portfolio.

Ability to develop new design concepts, graphics and layouts within an existing brand.

Has a knack for and interest in writing and carries the ability to develop narrative and easy to understand communications to promote existing work.

Technical and design fluency and project organization to support product vision and development.

Interest in using plain language to help residents access and interact with government services.

Developing skills in Adobe Creative Cloud, Figma, Miro, and Microsoft Office and Google Suite to create new assets and build upon existing assets.

  Education and Experience

Fellowships are open to undergraduate, graduate, or other training program students and recent graduates with a background or interest in graphic design, communications design, strategic communications, and/or other related fields.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States. We are unable to provide sponsorship to fellows.

  Benefits and Compensation

The hourly rate for the fellowship is $22/hr and does not offer health benefits.

  How to Apply

Please fill out the application form. The form will prompt you to upload a resume and cover letter.

Due to the volume of applications received we may not be able to respond to every application.