An internship is an opportunity for students to work in their chosen profession while attending school in order to gain valuable knowledge and work experience.

Most often, interns are not paid for the work they do monetarily, but are instead rewarded by the sharing of knowledge, ideas, opportunities for their portfolio, networks and possibly a permanent job offer if the intern takes advantage of the opportunity to be a valuable employee.
Students in the Valencia Graphics Department are required to take an internship. Students cannot take an internship until they have passed GRA2182C Advanced Graphic Design II OR GRA2143 Advanced Web Page Design with a C or higher. Students probably won’t qualify for a Graphics Internship until their final two semesters enrolled.

You will not be able to register for an internship without following the steps outlined on our blog:

East Campus Lab Building 1 Room 213 

Students have access to large and small format laser and ink jet printers, various format paper cutters, board cutters, headphone check-out, loupe check-out, spray booth, viewing booth, light table, camera check-out, scanners, wacom tablet check-out and Cintiq monitors. All this in a friendly social working environment with a modern resources for students to browse and lounge while working on their laptops.

Phone: 407-582-2762           Visit for current hours and closed dates. Check before you drive.

No Food or Drink Allowed. Certain supplies like custom printing paper, staples, paperclips, xacto blades, adhesive, etc. not supplied to students in the lab.

West Campus Lab 3-150

Students have access to large and small format laser and ink jet printers, various cutting areas, headphone check-out, camera check-out, light table, scanners, loupe check-out, photo tent and wacom tablet check-out. Please be mindful if there are classes in session when using this lab by using only the computers in the back of the room.

Phone: 407-582-1592

No Food or Drink Allowed. Certain supplies like custom printing paper, staples, paperclips, xacto blades, adhesive, etc. not supplied to students in the lab.

Osceola Campus Lab 1-244

Students have access to large and small format laser and ink jet printers, various cutting areas, camera check-out, lights and light cube, media card readers, scanners, loupe check-out, Pantone swatch books, and wacom tablet check-out. Please be patient while we work on making lab improvements you’re going to love.

Phone 407-582-4953

No Food or Drink Allowed. Certain supplies like custom printing paper, staples, paperclips, xacto blades, adhesive, etc. might not be available for students in the lab.

Feel free to request more information! You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest.

Kristy Pennino
East Campus Program Chair /

Meg Curtiss
West Campus Program Chair /

Complete list of all campus contacts

Orange County Library Internship

by kpennino on January 9, 2015

The Orange County Library System is seeking a graphic design intern to assist in the development of promotional collateral—both print and digital. The intern will report to the Head graphic designer and other members of the Community Relations team.

Hours: up to 20 hours per week. Typically two to three days per week. Schedule negotiable.

Compensation: $10 per hour

Design clear engaging graphic communications for print and web. This will include logos, direct mail pieces, branded promotional items, website and social media graphics, posters, flyers and other marketing materials as needed.


  • Proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, & Photoshop and/or other common design and layout applications
  • Must be extremely organized and detail oriented
  • Must have excellent time management skills
  • Must have ability to work independently as well as in partnership with team
  • Must be able to define and work to deadlines


  • Build your portfolio of work
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Be part of one of the nation’s best public library systems

Send resume, cover letter and portfolio to: GARCIA.BEN@OCLS.INFO

SunDance Graphics needs part-time graphic artist

by kpennino on November 10, 2014

JOB TITLE: Graphic Artist
SunDance Graphics is currently looking for a part time graphic artist.
Flexible days and hours ranging between 20-40.


  • Experienced with both Mac and PC platforms
  • Proficient in Adobe software
  • Organized, Motivated, Team Player with a strong work ethic
  • Efficient and able to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Must have strong typographic skills
  • Knowledgeable with using layers, blending modes and filters
  • Strong photo editing techniques (color corrections, etc)
  • Knowledgeable in preparing files for print
  • Photography, illustrating, and fine art skills are a great plus, however not a requirement

Responsibilities include…

  • Assisting the Creative Director and Sales Team in creating art for clients (at times, promotional materials)
  • Assisting in photographing art paintings for reproduction
  • Color correcting and manipulating photographed art, as well as digital works and preparing files for print (some light pre-press involved)

Please be able to provide a resume and present a portfolio during the interview.

SunDance Graphics is a fine art publisher and art licensor committed to providing unique, trend-conscious art for the home décor industry.

Contact Information:
Emily Navas
Creative Director

Valencia Film Poster Competition

by kpennino on October 7, 2014



Orlando Magazine Seeking Part-Time Production Assistant

by Christine Dupont on August 19, 2014

Production Assistant: Art Department

The Production Assistant would work under the supervision of the Art Director and Associate Art Director to create and maintain content for the web, e-newsletter campaigns, and other forms of online and mobile media. They’re primary responsibility will be the general maintenance of our website through our content management system, Rivista. This individual would also work closely in a supportive role to help complete various tasks and production for the Art, Marketing, Advertising Services, and Editorial departments.

This is an excellent opportunity for an advanced student or a freelancer looking to supplement their income.

Position: Temporary/Part Time (September 2014 through December 2014)
Hours: 12 hours/week (2 6-hour shifts or 3 4-hour shifts), days flexible
Pay: $7.93/hour, paid biweekly


  • Current student in a web development, graphic design or digital media program; or a minimum of a 2-year college degree in a similar field.
  • Proficient Adobe user, mainly Adobe Photoshop, though use of InDesign use will also be required.
  • Experienced Mac user
  • Understanding of basic HTML and CSS
  • Able to use layers masks, clipping paths and various photo editing techniques in Photoshop
  • Keen understanding of Facebook and Twitter
  • Knowledgeable in preparing files for web
  • Very organized with a great eye for detail
  • Able to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Motivated, team player with a strong work ethic  (and a sense of humor)


  • Convert and optimize print content (text, images and pdfs) from Orlando Magazine and Orlando Home + Garden Magazine for implementation into website
  • Build articles for all publications using content management system
  • Design web ads and graphics as needed
  • Build online forms and collect data for in-house promotions and contests
  • Upload client ad campaigns to the ad network
  • Maintain various searchable online listings
  • Add events to our online Calendar


  • Build and proof out monthly and quarterly e-newsletters for Orlando Magazine and Orlando Home+Garden, respectively, as well as occasional sponsored e-newsletters when requested by advertisers

Social Media/Blog

  • Create graphics for use in social media implementation and on our blogs
  • Post to and maintain Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Build blog posts in content management system

Digital Editions

  • Convert original print-formatted pdfs for Orlando Magazine and Orlando Home+Garden issues into optimized pdfs and submit for digital editions

Additional Production

  • Assist with the layout of profile pages for the December doctor’s issue (including building and editing pages in InDesign through use of a template).
  • Formatting photos and processing PDFs for print, as needed.

If interested, email a cover letter, resume and a link to your portfolio (or a PDF of your best work)

SunDance Graphics Needs part-time graphic artist

by kpennino on June 10, 2014

JOB TITLE: Graphic Artist

SunDance Graphics is currently looking for a part time graphic artist.

Flexible days and hours ranging between 20-40.


  • Experienced with both Mac and PC platforms
  • Proficient in Adobe software
  • Organized, Motivated, Team Player with a strong work ethic
  • Efficient and able to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Must have strong typographic skills
  • Knowledgeable with using layers, blending modes and filters
  • Efficient and able to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
  • Must have strong typographic skills
  • Knowledgeable with using layers, blending modes and filters


Responsibilities include…

  • Assisting the Creative Director and Sales Team in creating art for clients (at times, promotional materials)
  • Assisting in photographing art paintings for reproduction
  • Color correcting and manipulating photographed art, as well as digital works and preparing files for print (some light pre-press involved).


Please be able to provide a resume and present a portfolio during the interview.

SunDance Graphics is a fine art publisher and art licensor committed to providing unique, trend-conscious art for the home décor industry.

Contact Information:

Emily Navas, Creative Director


Graphic Designer Needed @ SKY Resort Management

by kpennino on April 21, 2014

Applicants can apply by sending their resume via email to or  fax to 407-956-6115.

Organization Name:  SKY Resort Management and Affiliated Locations

Job Information:  Graphic Designer (Salaried Position – This position is considered an Exempt position for purposes of federal wage-hour law, which means that you will not be eligible for overtime pay for hours, actually worked in excess of 40 hours.)

Job Description

Graphic Designer that is proficient with Adobe Creative Suite and has experience in the hospitality industry. Candidate will be responsible for developing hotel collateral for several resorts/hotels in addition to designing other promotional pieces both print and online. Candidate will become familiar with many business areas of the hotel and will help in launching select promotional campaigns. The candidate will work directly with senior management to include the Director of Sales, Regional Director of Sales, President/CEO in designing promotional initiatives.

Work Permit Needed: Applicants who do not already have legal permission to work in the United States will not be considered.

Purpose/Description:  Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree  Required Skills: Candidate must be able to prove his/her ability in Adobe Creative Suite 5. Looking for a candidate who is creative, ready for a challenge and can bring new ideas with experience in Graphic Design in both print and online.

Required Software Knowledge: Adobe Creative Suite to include InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator & Flash.  Basic knowledge of HTML & CSS a plus. Website Portfolio only.


Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Communications and Media:  Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Basic Skills

  • Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Social Skills

  • Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
  • Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Complex Problem Solving Skills

  • Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Technical Skills

  • Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Installation Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
  • Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
  • Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
  • Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Technology Design Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
  • Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.


Systems Skills

  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Resource Management Skills

  • Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
  • Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Time Management Managing one’s own time and the time of others.


Desktop Computer Skills

  • Spreadsheets Using a computer application to enter, manipulate, and format text and numerical data; insert, delete, and manipulate cells, rows, and columns; and create and save worksheets, charts, and graphs.
  • Presentations Using a computer application to create, manipulate, edit, and show virtual slide presentations.
  • Internet Navigating the Internet to find information, including the ability to open and configure standard browsers; use searches, hypertext references, and transfer protocols; and send and retrieve electronic mail (e-mail).
  • Navigation Using scroll bars, a mouse, and dialog boxes to work within the computer’s operating system. Being able to access and switch between
  • applications and files of interest.
  • Word Processing Using a computer application to type text, insert pictures, format, edit, print, save, and retrieve word processing documents.
  • Graphics Working with pictures in graphics programs or other applications, including creating simple graphics, manipulating the appearance, and inserting graphics into other programs.
  • Databases Using a computer application to manage large amounts of information, including creating and editing simple databases, inputting data, retrieving specific records, and creating reports to communicate the information.



Body Positioning

  • Requires sitting
  • Requires using hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Requires repetitive movement



  • Requires contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise)
  • Requires face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams
  • Requires writing letters and memos
  • Requires telephone conversations
  • Requires use of electronic mail



  • Requires competition or awareness of competitive pressures


Impact of Decisions

  • Requires making decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization
  • Opportunity to make decisions without supervision
  • Requires making decisions that impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company


Level of Challenge

  • Freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals
  • Requires being exact or highly accurate
  • Requires repeating the same physical activities or mental activities over and over


Pace and Scheduling

  • Requires meeting strict deadlines


Personal Interaction

  • Requires work with others in a group or team
  • Requires coordinating or leading others in accomplishing work activities


Responsibility for Others

  • Includes responsibility for work outcomes and results


Work Setting

  • Requires working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions



  • Create designs, concepts, and sample layouts based on knowledge of layout principles and esthetic design concepts.
  • Determine size and arrangement of illustrative material and copy, and select style and size of type.
  • Confer with clients to discuss and determine layout design.
  • Develop graphics and layouts for product illustrations, company logos, and Internet websites.
  • Review final layouts and suggest improvements as needed.
  • Prepare illustrations or rough sketches of material, discussing them with clients or supervisors and making necessary changes.
  • Use computer software to generate new images.
  • Key information into computer equipment to create layouts for client or supervisor.
  • Maintain archive of images, photos, or previous work products.
  • Prepare notes and instructions for workers who assemble and prepare final layouts for printing.
  • Draw and print charts, graphs, illustrations, and other artwork, using computer.
  • Study illustrations and photographs to plan presentation of materials, products, or services.
  • Research new software or design concepts.


Work Activities

Thinking Creatively

  • Create art from ideas
  • Prepare artwork for camera or press
  • Set page layout or composition
  • Sketch or draw subjects or items
  • Tell stories through musical, visual, or dramatic arts
  • Use creativity in graphics
  • Use creativity in industrial artistry
  • Use creativity to art or design work


Interacting With Computers

  • Use computer graphics design software
  • Use computers to enter, access or retrieve data


Getting Information

  • Obtain information from clients, customers, or patients


Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Communicating with Persons Outside Organization

  • Confer with management or users
  • Make presentations


Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

  • Use film production techniques


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Explain products to customer representatives


Selling or Influencing Others

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Distinguish details in graphic arts material
  • Identify color or balance


Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People

  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others
  • Consult with customers concerning needs


Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources


Tools and Technology


  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Computer laser printers
  • Wide format printers
  • Laptop computers
  • Personal computers



  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Distiller
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FrameMaker
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Systems Adobe PageMaker
  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Macromedia HomeSite
  • Adobe Systems Adobe ColdFusion
  • Asynchronous JavaScript and XML AJAX
  • Cascading Style Sheets CSS
  • Dynamic hypertext markup language DHTML
  • Hypertext markup language HTML



Several Great Upcoming Events!

by kpennino on April 9, 2014

There are several upcoming events you should all have on your radar!

AIGA Orlando Drink & Draw Social:
At Stardust Coffee and Video, Thursday (tomorrow), April 10 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. This is a fun social event. No need to drink or draw! Just show up and get to know your local creatives!  Info on this event can be found on their facebook page:

Annual 2014 Valencia Fine & Graphic Arts Student Juried Show:
At Valencia’s East Campus Anita S. Wooten Gallery (Building 3), Friday, April 18th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. This is a family-friendly event with some finger food and some of the best graphic design and fine art you’ll see for some time! This event always draws a giant crowd! For more information, see our blog post about this upcoming event here:

Semesterly Portfolio Show ‘n’ Tell:
At Valencia’s West Campus in Building 2, Cafeteria Mezzanine Level (2nd floor), Thursday, April 24th from 5:30pm – 8pm. This is your chance to see what a finished Valencia Graphic & Interactive Design student portfolio looks like! It’s also a great chance to ask graduating students about their experiences. You’re encouraged to bring family and friends. This is a semesterly event, however, this year we went all out and we’ve changed the venue and added food!

AIGA Orlando SPOT Award Showcase: 
At the Orange Studio (1121 N. Mills Ave., Orlando, FL), Friday, April 25th from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. AIGA’s annual SPOT Award Showcase will be a display of all work produced by the protégés of the AIGA ORLANDO MENTORSHIP 2014 program. Open to the public and creative community, all guests and spectators will vote on the best exhibits and pieces by placing a circle sticker (or spot!) next to it. They will also have a guest speaker for the evening sharing their inspiring work, talking about student success and giving insight into life after graduation. This will a spectacular evening that you don’t want to miss! DJ and food truck will be on site while the voting is taking place. For information about this eventj and to purchase tickets:

A Living Gallery of Calligraphers

by kpennino on April 7, 2014




FRIDAY MAY 2, 2014 from 1 – 4 P.M.

A Living Gallery of Calligraphers creating artwork of beautiful writing in a scriptorium setting.

Timothy Botts with several professional calligraphers will be demonstrating historical lettering from Roman capitals to contemporary styles.

Admission is free to the public.


The First Presbyterian Church of Orlando
106 East Church Street
Edington Ministry Center, Room 310
Orlando, FL 32801

For map to church and free parking go to

For information contact
Or call Jean @ 407-339-7383


Orlando Magazine Seeking Summer Graphic Design Intern

by Christine Dupont on April 3, 2014

Orlando Magazine is looking for a graphic design intern for the Summer (May, June and July). This is a PAID position with a flexible schedule (minimum of 6-12 hours per week). The internship position is open to students currently enrolled in a college-credit program OR students who have graduated within the last 12-months. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn more about the publishing industry, polish their typography skills, and work on a variety of projects.

NOTE: In order to receive college credit you must currently be registered for Summer 2014 Internship, and have already met previous requirements and registration.


–2 or 4-year degree in related graphic design field OR currently enrolled in a college-credit course for internship
-Proficient Adobe user, mainly Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Some light Illustrator may also be required.
–Experienced Mac user
–Comfortable with using layers masks, clipping paths and photo editing techniques
–Knowledgeable in preparing files for print
–Possess STELLAR typography skills and a keen understanding of typographic principles
–Very organized with a great eye for detail
–Able to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks
–Motivated, team player with a strong work ethic

**Though not required, photography and video editing skills are a plus, as students with these skills will be able to help more in depth with our photo shoots and behind the scenes videos.

Responsibilities include…

–Assisting the Art Department in the planning, layout and creation of pages for Orlando magazine and Orlando Home+Garden magazine
–Editing photos and preparing files for print
–Working with the Sales Department on the creation of ads, sales kits and flyers
–Collaborate with the Marketing Department on event materials and in-house promotions
–Assisting the Photographer and Art Department on various photo shoots (travel may be required)
–Uploading content to the website via our content management system (very light coding involved)
–Participating in weekly meetings

The graphic design intern would get the opportunity to work on some of our biggest issues of the year, including 50 most Powerful People (and event), Best of Orlando Awards, and our annual Pet Issue.

If interested, email your resume and a link to your portfolio (or PDF) showcasing at least 8 of your best works (particularly work showcasing your typography and page layout skills) to:

Temporary Designer needed at Xulon Press

by kpennino on April 1, 2014

Temporary Designer Job Description:
The Graphic Designer will work on trade show signage in their final stages and will correctly prepare signage prior to releasing to print. Other technical duties may include preparation of print-ready PDFs and assisting with other design projects.

General Job Duties

• Create and track multiple projects while meeting deadlines
• Individual will work directly with Marketing Specialist and Marketing Manager.
• Other duties as needed.


• Must be able to follow instructions and work semi-independently.
• Excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
• Solid proficiency on Macintosh, InDesign CS6 and Photoshop CS6.
• Good typography skills
*Portfolio required

Software Knowledge Specifics:
• Knowledge of color mode CMYK VS. RGB
• Knowledge of image re-sizing and resolution
• Prepare layouts for print (check/correct dimensions, images, bleeds, colors, etc.)
• Maintain consistency across projects that share same/similar design
• Export PDFs for print and other uses

If interested, email your resume and a PDF portfolio to: