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Institute of Play Seeks Design Intern

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Position Summary. Institute of Play seeks top‐notch game and visual design production intern to support the development of game‐like curricular materials. The intern will work closely and collaboratively with teams of educators and game designers on the development of games and learning activities to be used in the context of the Institute’s flagship project, Quest to Learn, a NYC public middle school with a focus on systems‐thinking and game‐like learning. The intern will be an imaginative detail‐ oriented self‐starter, eager to collaborate and contribute to a creative school‐based learning community.

Position Detail. The intern will be responsible for: • Collaboration with teams of educators and game designers to conceive and plan development
of games and game‐like learning activities; • Production of digital and non‐digital game materials and assets.

Ideal candidates should have the following skills and dispositions:
• Graphic design and print skills • Fast and versatile with Illustrator, Photoshop, inDesign, Flash • Familiar with sound, video editing and compositing • Ability to research and synthesize information quickly • Tech‐savvy , curious and quick to learn new skills, systems and mental models • Ability to meet hard deadlines and exceed expectations • Facility for working with young people • Skill in teams: flexible, collaborative self‐starter

Time: 20 hours per week, with September 2011 start date

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

About Institute of Play. The Institute of play seeks to activate engaged twenty‐first century citizens by leveraging the power of games. We bring together game design, rigorous research practices and strong interdisciplinary partnerships to create, study and promote game‐based materials, strategies and systems as critical tools for personal and social development. Institute of Play is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation. We were founded in 2007 by a group of game designers looking to apply game design principles to challenges outside the field of commercial game development. Within six months funding was secured to start up an innovative new public school in New York City, called Quest to Learn. Since then we’ve expanded into a full‐service design lab and learning center, working with leaders in education, business and government to pioneer new models of engagement, learning, problem solving and participation.

How to apply. Please email the following materials with “Design Intern” in the subject line to: resumes@instituteofplay.org
• Resume and cover letter outlining interest and qualifications • Link to online portfolio or PDF file with relevant work samples • Names and contact information for 3 reference

 

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