Graphic Designer — Pre-professional

A graphic designer in Mills James’ Pre-Professional Program works with clients, producers, production managers and the director of creative to create and assist with a wide variety of presentation design work in a corporate environment. This is a unique opportunity for recent design graduates to gain real world graphic design experience. With this on-the-job experience, the designer would serve as graphic support and operator at live events, as needed.

This role works within a corporate customer team and, as such, the designer works exclusively with PowerPoint for that customer. The candidate must be very skilled and knowledgeable with the inner workings of PowerPoint, very responsive to client deadlines and demands and pay very close attention to detail. Agility and speed is important in this role. Additional design experience will include event themes and environmental graphics, web design, video storyboarding, creative proposals, logos, infographics, newsletters, print materials and more.


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; or two years’ design-related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Proficiency with graphic design technologies and concepts, including the operation of presentation software [PowerPoint, Keynote]

  • Proficiency with digital design tools, video and print [Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects]

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, being proactive and working on tight deadlines

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and tasks simultaneously

  • Must learn and become adept at using Mills James' MediaPulse facilities management software

  • Valid driver’s license required; may be required to obtain US Passport; must be available for 40% travel and work flexible hours

  • Must submit design portfolio to be considered for this opportunity. Show us your best design work!


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each essential duty and other duties that may be assigned. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Coordinate the effective use of graphics for live events by integrating design aesthetics to communicate brand, event vision and messaging, as directed

  • Work closely with the producer and the production manager on-site as a graphics operator, operating the presentation graphics portion of live events [including creating and editing content as needed, cueing of slides, etc.]

  • Create templates, visualize client-provided content and clean up presentations in PowerPoint and Keynote under the guidance of producer/senior graphic designer, following corporate equity guidelines

  • Must be a self-starter that works well under pressure, understanding and meeting all deadlines with a sense of urgency

  • Effectively manage multiple projects keeping the producer/graphic designer informed

  • Work as part of the creative team, working jobs ranging from small setups to large experiential events

  • Archive final presentation materials within the graphics library and provide assets to producers or clients as requested

  • Possess a high degree of adaptability to continually changing and faced-paced environments

The Pre-Professional Program

Mills James Pre-Professional [Pre-Pro] Program is an intensive training program for college graduates and individuals who have trained at specialized schools for careers in the creative media production industry. The Pre-Pro Program attracts applicants with varied talents and exceptional backgrounds, experiences and education. A good Pre-Pro experience can provide participants with valuable industry experience and contacts. Due to the high demand for these positions, Mills James employs a rigorous selection process, and holds Pre-Pro participants to the same high standards as the company’s associates. Pre-Pros work 40+ hours per week during their six-month “audition.” While Pre-Pros’ skill sets need not cover the full range that would be required for full-time associates, candidates must display a strong willingness to learn and show initiative to get the most out of their experience.

Mills James, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Your Right to Work – In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.