Visual Marketing and Communications for Humanitarian Work – Zolberg-IRC Fellowship Summer 2021

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Project Description:

This fellow will work closely with Airbel’s communications and knowledge management team to support communicating innovative projects and key research findings with the aim of impacting the way business is done in the humanitarian sector. They will work closely with IRC’s research and innovation team to support developing stories and create custom visuals in an effort to communicate complex information and data succinctly to engage a variety of internal and external audiences.

The fellow will assist with planning and producing creative communication campaigns across different channels and platforms with the aim of growing and engaging our audience. They will assist in drafting, formatting, and posting web and social media content, including graphics, photographs, and potentially . The fellow will also have the opportunity to play a leading role in developing digital-first products, such as key reports and infographics.

Potential areas of focus and/or deliverables: 

  • Design and create digital content, including infographics, and social media graphics to effectively communicate complex information and data.
  • Support the design of key collateral, publications, and decks.
  • Create written and visual content for Airbel blog and social media channels.
  • Support growth of digital audience, particularly on Twitter.
  • Manage, maintain, and grow our visual library.

Student skill-sets sought:

  • Proficiency in design tools such as InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop.
  • Understanding of visual design principles and how to align with branding guidance.
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills.
  • Interest in and knowledge of humanitarian aid and/or refugee issues.
  • Previous experience creating graphics to communicate complex information through work or studies is advantageous.
  • Strong coordination and organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and with a multi-disciplinary team.

Work Environment: This fellowship will work directly with the Airbel Impact Lab.  This fellowship is remote.

Fellowship Length: Fellowships are 35 hours/week from June 14, 2021-August 20, 2021 (10 weeks).

How to apply: The deadline to apply is Monday, May 18, 2021. Please submit one document containing a cover letter, CV/resume and two work samples (writing and/or design portfolio – 3-5 pages maximum per sample) to Catherine McGahan,

Interviews will be conducted in late May and early June.

Requirements: Students must be a matriculated graduate or PhD student at The New School.  Students who will graduate in Spring 2021 are not eligible.

Team: Airbel Impact Lab, Research and Innovation at the IRC. With over 70 million people displaced, the world is facing an unprecedented crisis. To address the evolving and growing nature of this crisis requires not just more aid, but new thinking. There is a lack of proven, cost-effective, scalable services for people affected by crisis. In some cases, there is a lack of evidence on what works. In others, evidence shows existing solutions are effective, but we need to find new ways of delivering them at scale in fragile states. That’s why the IRC created the Airbel Impact Lab. Our goal is to find and advance breakthrough solutions — with people and ethics at the center of all we do.

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