The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is announcing the CUP Fellowship for Change in Design, a new initiative to support the development of a pipeline of talented individuals from historically underrepresented communities into the design fields, and to dismantle the systemic biases that stand in the way of their advancement as leaders in these fields. The Fellowship, which is a paid, yearlong, full-time, training program, is designed to promote and support individuals in gaining the skills, contacts, and experience to help them excel in their design careers.
The Fellow will be selected through a competitive, juried process and will work with CUP from June 2017 – May 2018.
The selected Fellow will:
• Gain real-world experience while learning CUP's methodology for creating effective and impactful design projects
• Work in collaboration with grassroots organizations and talented designers on critical social justice issues, and learn the language and skills needed to effectively partner with these different disciplines
• Be part of CUP's intensive methodology for bringing community members ("end users") directly into the design process, learning valuable skills for facilitating design conversations and incorporating feedback in meaningful ways
• Experience valuable professional development and mentoring opportunities, with CUP staff, as well as with established and up-and-coming designers in CUP's network
• Gain a broad range of marketable professional skills, particularly around how nonprofits work (such as fundraising, budgeting, and project management)
• Get hands-on experience with the nuts and bolts of production, particularly print production
• Work with an amazing staff of professionals and contribute to the growth and development of an exciting, fun, and impactful organization
• Learn about pressing social justice issues, and how to engage with them, as a designer and an individual.
The ideal candidate will:
• Identify as a member of community that is historically under-represented in the design professions, including but not limited to people of color; people from low-income, LGBTQ, or immigrant communities; formerly incarcerated people; and others
• Have a background in design, particularly graphic, communication, or UI design. We believe this is a good position for a recent graduate from a design program. However, we recognize that individuals with potential to become great designers may come from a broader range of experiences. Therefore, we do not require a degree in a design field (or any degree at all). However, we do require evidence, in the form of a portfolio of images, of your skills and abilities as a designer, and your proficiency with design software.
• Be committed to social justice
• Possess good verbal and written communication skills
• Be proficient with Adobe Creative Suite software, basic web applications, and Microsoft Office
• Be friendly, self-directed, extremely detail-oriented, and able to work in a collaborative environment with a broad range of partners
If you are interested in the position, your application should include:
• A cover letter, in which you address why you are interested in the Fellowship, what you hope to get out of it, and what your goals are for your career
• A current resume
• A portfolio of your design work. We are looking for your skills to work on a range of visuals and with type. Please indicate the context in which your projects were completed, and your role.
• A list of 3 references, with contact information.
Please send all materials as a single PDF by Monday, May 1st at noon. Include "CUP Fellowship for Change in Design" in the subject line.
Please note that we will NOT review applications that do not provide all requested materials.
No phone calls, please.
Application deadline May 1, 2017