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Visual Design Intern (Summer 2020): Ginkgo Bioworks – Boston, MA

What if we could grow everything? At Ginkgo Bioworks, headquartered in Boston, MA, we use the most advanced technology on the planet—biology—to help companies grow better products. Our cell programming platform allows us to design with biology and engineer custom microbes, everything from materials to food to therapeutics. We power our labs with software and automation in order to widen our view of biodiversity and the possibilities that nature holds.

Synthetic biology is not always an easy thing to visualize or understand. Ginkgo’s Creative Team is passionate about finding new mediums to tell the story of synthetic biology, whether through our magazine, Grow by Ginkgo; creative projects in museums; booths at conferences; or strategic thinking around expanding our partnerships. We’re vision-setters who spend our time dreaming of possibilities, and go-getters who make those ideas happen.

As a Visual Design Intern, you’ll work with designers, artists, photographers, biologists, scientists, and businesspeople. You’ll be a key member of our small team of multidisciplinary individuals who thrive at the intersection of the creative and the technical.

Please note: this is a paid internship that will take place during Summer 2020. Along with your application, we ask that you please submit a design portfolio of your work.

Project Examples and Responsibilities:

  • Design graphics and content for printed materials, blog posts, and newsletters
  • Design exhibition spaces at conferences
  • Support the print production of Grow, Ginkgo’s magazine, working with Grow’s art director to commission illustrations for the 2020 issue
  • Support the production of Ferment, Ginkgo’s annual meeting, helping to refine brand and visual language

Desired Experience and Capabilities:

  • Undergraduate junior or senior, with a passion for design, science, and technology
  • An eye for design, with the knowledge and understanding of how to bring a vision to life
  • Strong communication and storytelling skills
  • Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign
  • Experience with art direction a plus
  • Coursework or basic experience with biology a plus

We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life. Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack – we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.



Lio Tariman

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