Graphic Design Learning Opportunities

  • At MSUM we pride ourselves on providing students with an abundance of learning opportunities, in and outside of the classroom. We value students having the chance to apply what they’ve learned in real-world settings. From being able to design content for small business, non-profits and on-campus offices and organizations, to landing an internship in Fargo-Moorhead or the Twin Cities, the opportunities are nearly endless.

  • American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) Dragons builds a community on campus where you’re able to discuss, collaborate and learn about topics in graphic design. You’ll also discover how to develop your personal brand and attend workshops presented by your professors and industry professionals.

    You’ll have the chance to visit local and regional design studios to observe the workplace and learn from graphic design professionals.

    Graphic Design majors are required to complete a one-semester internship prior to graduation. With a plethora of local and regional internship opportunities, you are able to gain hands-on experience while finishing their degree. Recent students have interned with the following organizations among dozens of others:

    • Anthem Branding
    • Duffy
    • Hendlin Visual Communications
    • Myriad Mobile
    • Studio Minneapolis
    • Sundog Interactive
    • Super Studio (Flint Communications)


    New Rivers Press is an independent publishing house that provides a voice for new authors. by publishing the best literary fiction, nonfiction and poetry written by new and emerging writers from around Minnesota and the world. Graphic Design students collaborate with New Rivers Press editors on the design and layout of each semester’s publications.

    The Graphic Design mentorship program focuses on connecting students with MSUM alumni working in Fargo-Moorhead’s graphic design community. You’ll meet with your mentor to conduct mock interviews, review your portfolio, job shadow and get a deeper look into the industry. For more information, contact Tom Anstadt.

    MSUM’s student ad agency, Flypaper Creative Services, takes on real projects for area nonprofits and business startups. The organization runs with a professional ad agency model. A team consisting of an account manager, designer, copywriter, PR specialist and social media specialist develops materials for real events on campus and in the community.