The ABDA ‘Baseline’ Book Design Internship program

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The Australian Book Designers Association is proud to announce the establishment of the ABDA ‘Baseline’ Book Design Internship. The Baseline program is a new paid opportunity aimed at fostering cultural diversity in the Australian book design community and training the next generation of Australian book designers. The placement will provide a well-rounded introduction to the industry and create practical and sustainable pathways towards long-term careers for aspiring professionals.

It is intended that each year, ABDA will partner with a different publisher or design studio to provide an emerging designer with 4 weeks’ invaluable ‘in-house’ experience. Opening for applications on October 4, 2023, the inaugural paid internship will take place in 2024 and will be in partnership with HarperCollins Publishers Australia.

Applications are strongly encouraged from people from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. While the internship is an entry-level position, ABDA does not equate this with youth or inexperience, and there is no upper age limit for applicants.

Key selection criteria and further information on the position can be found here

  • Role: ABDA Baseline Book Design Intern (full-time, 5 days a week)
  • Location: Sydney
  • Hours: Regular office hours, 9am–5.00pm
  • Duration: 4-week contract, but flexible part-time option too
  • Date of internship: 2024, with specific dates to be negotiated
  • Salary: $1250 per week, including superannuation
  • Requirements: Graphic design folio and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria – no CV or academic records required
  • Application closing date: 5pm, Tuesday, 31 October 2023

To apply, please email your folio and cover letter to info@abda.com.au by 5pm, Tuesday, 31 October 2023

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