Graphic Design Internship | Position Information

TITLE                          Graphic Design Intern

REPORTS TO            Marketing Director


Location:                     3445 36th St. Kentwood, MI 49512

Hours & Schedule:      Full-time on-location, Monday to Friday 8 AM – 5 PM (Flexible) 


Howies Hockey Tape is a locally owned and fast-growing business that has been around the Grand Rapids area since 2002 with another distribution facility operating out of Burlington, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. Our focus is selling high quality hockey tape, accessories, apparel, and many other sporting goods. Over the years we have become a staple in the hockey community, and we are currently working with every team in the NHL, AHL, and the majority of division 1 colleges around the country.

In 2015 we launched our sister company, Howies Athletic Tape. This allowed us to branch into new markets and has given us the opportunity to work with all sports. We have built this side of the company to an elite level that allows us to supply products to MLB, NFL, MLS, and NBA teams. We are also supporting D1 football programs like the University of Michigan, Alabama, and Michigan State, as well as thousands of high schools across North America. If someone needs tape or sports medicine products, we want to be the ones to supply it.

All in all, we pride ourselves on providing the world’s highest quality products to pro shops, retail stores, teams of all levels, and international distributors. Another facet we are focused on is expanding our internet sales business directly to consumers so everyone can use Howies. Our team-oriented culture, industry-leading customer service, and ability to fulfill orders quickly and error free across all sales channels sets us apart from the competition.

We are looking for a driven individual to join the Howies Hockey Tape team as a graphic design intern. Our company is seeking a smart, talented individual who will play a pivotal role in our Marketing department. This individual must support the Marketing team in execution of design for web, social, print, events, campaigns, and other projects. This is a part-time position with the opportunity for growth upon graduation. Primary responsibilities include managing digital content, design of retail displays, packaging, and promotional items. Assistance in creation of email marketing, social media content, and apparel design. Other projects may be assigned as needed.


  • Understanding of and experience in corporate branding
  • Understanding objectives, defining tone, layout, color theory, typography in signage, print and digital media
  • Fluency in current graphic design practices software, such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Premier Video editing
  • Pro-active self-starter with ability to be both a conceptual and conscientious creative-thinker
  • Excellent communication, prioritization and time management skills within a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Ability to multi-task on many projects across business types with both high and low levels of art direction
  • Awareness of design trends and natural talent to adapt them to customer-facing graphic design


  • Hands on training – This will include creating digital advertisements, vectorizing and editing logos and images, and using a multitude of different software programs to highlight the Howies brand. These are critical skills and experiences for any future graphic design job, and you will be learning from people that have been doing this for years.
  • Top tier company culture – We employ many current and former athletes who are goal driven and team oriented, and our culture is something we are very proud of. We play hockey together on Tuesday mornings, have team cookouts, and talk sports all day long.
  • Flexible schedule – We will require a minimum number of hours worked per week; however, we are willing to work around practices, games, and classes to ensure your success in this role. We love our interns around the office, but understand school and sports are equally important.

GENERAL As a small business there are many other tasks that will be required

  • Represent Howies Hockey / Athletic Tape at tournaments and tradeshows as needed
  • Order fulfillment – know how to process and pack all orders that come into Howies
  • Work with production and operation teams to develop new product ideas
  • Work with the management and sales teams to develop new sales ideas
  • Communication and positive relationships with the entire team – top to bottom
  • Engage both the operations and sales sides of the business daily
  • Anything else required from Howies to be a best-in-class business


Here at Howies, we take the phrase “work hard, play hard” very seriously. When we are not busy assisting our customers, we are busy playing hockey and having a good time. When the days are just too perfect to be working, we will take a quick trip to the driving range, play pickup basketball, throw the football around, or get some batting practice in to stay seasoned for our summer softball league. In the wintertime, we will crack open a couple of cold ones and watch the Red Wings or even pop downtown and catch a Griffins game at the Van. All in all, we are always up for a good time, both in the office and out. We strive to make the office an awesome environment that our team is excited to come to on a daily basis and put in a hard day’s work.