Digital Marketing and Graphic Design

A Virtual Marketing Intensive with our Nonprofit Partners

Are you curious about graphic design, marketing, and remote work? Would you like to develop essential career skills while supporting the work of a grassroots nonprofit? If so, this class is your chance to learn more about graphic design, project management, marketing strategy, and branding while gaining experience with remote work. This is not an online class. This is the chance to gain hands-on experience supporting a nonprofit organization while being mentored by industry professionals. 

For this course, you will be placed on a project team and be given a marketing brief based on the needs of one of Shoulder-to-Shoulder’s nonprofit partners. Working directly with your nonprofit partner you will learn about their mission as well as their marketing needs. You will then be mentored by SStS’ graphic designer, an expert in marketing strategy and graphic design, and an SStS alumna with a Masters in Marketing. Using what you have learned, you will develop a marketing strategy and design social media posts that will be used by the nonprofit you are working with.

There will be one scheduled Zoom meeting (approx. 60 minutes) meeting with your group each week where you will receive feedback on your work, participate in small group discussions, and deliver short presentations on your learning. The rest of the week you will be working on your own schedule to complete short readings, watch “how-to” videos, design your assignment for the week, and connect one-on-one with your teammates or instructors. 


Eligibility: Current Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors

Cost: $750 (non GSC members)/ $500 (GSC members)*

*Financial assistance is available upon request. Please see the FAQ’s for more information.

Dates: September 7- December 18

Application deadline: August 28


Collaborate with a nonprofit

You will have the chance to work with one of SStS’ trusted nonprofit partners. In addition to learning technical skills, you will also have the chance to learn about the work of the nonprofit and speak directly with them.

Learn from industry experts

You will learn from professionals who work in the fields of marketing and graphic design. These mentors will teach you the skills needed to succeed in this field while also exposing you to the different educational paths you could pursue in graphic design and marketing.  

Build your resume & earn credit

You will finish the course with real-world examples that you can add to your portfolio and/or resume.  SStS will assist you with receiving credit for this course at your school (your school makes the final decision) or verify the course for service/internship hours.

Course Overview

  • Gain real-world experience working for a grassroots nonprofit.
  • Develop essential skills in marketing, design, and project management.
  • Learn from industry experts who will mentor you along the way.
  • Complete a real-world project which can be used in your portfolio.
  • Collaborate with like-minded peers as part of a remote team.


There will be one required meeting per week (approx. 60 minutes). Students should also plan to spend 4-6 hours per week working independently.

Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder will provide you with a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation to document this experience should you wish to apply for internship credits with your school or future university. In addition, Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder will work with you to receive credit for this as a course at your school (your school has the right to make the final decision).

We know these are difficult times and want to offer this internship to anyone that is invested in doing it so please do not hesitate to request a scholarship if it is needed. 

The course is opening to students currently in grades 10-12 (in Fall 2020). 



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