ICS Apprenticeship drops you right into our tight-knit, dynamic team. The 12-week program is designed to simultaneously get you familiar with our process and industry standards while putting you right in the middle of our busy studio schedule.
The ICS Apprenticeship Program was created to give aspiring designers real-world experience working at a design studio while honing and refining the skills they’ll need to be successful in the industry.
From the start, you’ll be a full-fledged member of the team. No grabbing coffee and answering phones (unless you really want to answer phones, then we’ll see what we can do.) You’ll be working alongside our design, UX, and development teams on client projects. You’ll tag along to meetings. You’ll present to clients. No handholding or “just the intern” tags.
During the first couple weeks you’ll be getting up-to-speed on our process, workflow, and internal and industry terminology and use a skills assessment to determine the things you’re interested in learning and where you have the most room for growth.
You’ll begin working through our entire process from discovery, to brand, UX, and UI design through skills challenges and internal projects.
Within no time, you’ll get more involved in our client work, and will get experience supporting a variety of different brand and web projects.
Throughout the entire program, you’ll get the opportunity to shadow and work alongside team members and agency principals, where you can pick their brains and share your ideas.
In the end, you’ll have real-world experience in industry-standard tools and techniques from a highly-regarded, award winning studio.
Who we’re looking for
The ICS Apprenticeship is designed for graduates and students of four-year colleges and universities looking to jumpstart their career in digital design. This program is designed for everyone from someone in school, to a recent graduate to someone looking to make a career change. Our ideal candidates have experience in graphic and UI design, but a degree in visual arts or from an art school is not required.
We require experience and familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign as well as a basic understanding of HTML/CSS (though no coding necessary.) Experience with Sketch, prototyping tools such as InVision, and Wordpress a bonus.
Ideal candidates are eager to learn, give and receive criticism, and be an easy-going but dedicated member of our team.
Candidates will need to submit link to a portfolio (please, no PDF portfolios.) Portfolios can be on your own site or on a portfolio site such as Behance.
Portfolios should contain work in web design, UX/UI, and brand design. When possible, be sure to explain the project brief, process, obstacles, and any other notes you feel are relevant to the project. Live examples of work or clickable prototypes as well as illustration work a bonus. Where possible, we’re interested in seeing work that was created for a client over that created for a class.
Full-time — You’ll be paid $500 a week for the 12-week program. You’ll get paid studio holidays off as well as three paid personal days. We’ll also provide a monthly MBTA pass. Unfortunately, we don’t offer health benefits to our Apprentices.
Part-time — Apprentices still in school have the option of a two or three day a week program. Two-day and three-day apprentices will be paid $200 and $300 a week, respectively with no paid personal days.
Our program is 12 weeks long and starts in February, June and September each year. We begin reviewing applications approximately three months before the start of the next session. Apprentices are required to be in the studio weekdays from 9:30am–5pm.