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Ferment Event Design Co-op, Creative Marketing

Our mission is to make biology easier to engineer. Ginkgo is constructing, editing, and redesigning the living world in order to answer the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more. Our bioengineers make use of an in-house automated foundry for designing and building new organisms.  

The Ginkgo Studio is a multidisciplinary team designing and communicating the future of synthetic biology. We work at the intersection of design, technology, biology, art, and communications. Although we’re immersed in this incredible technology, we also recognize that synthetic biology is not always an easy thing to communicate — or understand. We’re passionate about finding new ways to tell the story of synthetic biology, through creative marketing, PR, digital interfaces like, social media like our Twitter account, creative projects in museums, booths at conferences, workshops and community building events, our annual event Ferment, and our magazine Grow by Ginkgo. We’re not only vision-setters who spend our time dreaming of possibilities but also go-getters who make those ideas a reality.
The Studio works across Ginkgo’s divisions by creating reusable and extensible materials to support the creative and communication needs of internal teams. The Studio works closely with Ginkgo’s commercial teams including the Business Development and Growth teams as well as Ginkgo’s leadership to develop the best strategies for customer acquisition, public engagement, and growing the bioeconomy.

As a Ferment Event Design Co-op, you’ll work directly with Studio team members spanning our creative, marketing, and communications functions as well as team members focused on impact and initiatives. You’ll also work with designers, artists, photographers, videographers, biologists, scientists, and businesspeople. Your co-op program’s projects will focus on supporting the planning of our annual event, Ferment, in 2023.

With your creative expertise and enthusiasm about all things science and technology, you’ll join our growing team of multidisciplinary individuals who thrive at the intersection of design, biology, and communication, and your project will directly contribute to shaping our annual event.

If applicable, please submit a portfolio or collection of your prior work that you believe speaks to your fit for this internship. Brief explanations of your prior work is highly welcome. We’d love to hear you gush about your past projects!

Please note: this role is primarily remote, with 2-3 visits to our Boston office required during the program for in-person meetings. Travel would be sponsored by the team. Start date is January 2023, for a 6 month co-op term.

The Ginkgo Bioworks Early Talent program is open to students who will return to their degree programs upon completion of their employment at Ginkgo. Candidates must be enrolled in a United States based institution and/or have work authorization in the United States to be eligible to participate.

  • Create mood boards under the direction of the Studio team
  • Create lists of synthetic biology applications and/or products from the past 12 months
  • Contribute to the design, development, and curation of Ferment 2023
  • Support best practices for organizing and archiving content
  • Assist with tracking VIP hospitality needs
  • Support on tracking and managing inventory for event needs
  • Assist on creative for digital marketing efforts
  • Support on scheduling and time management

Minimum Requirements
  • You are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program in Graphic or Visual Design or a related field. Coursework in Event Planning and Design or Hospitality, a plus!
  • You are a current junior at the time of application
  • You have experience with event production
  • You are familiar with Google Workspace (e.g. Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, Slides)
  • You are familiar with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, and digital prototyping tools (e.g. Figma; Sketch)
  • You are opportunity oriented, self-motivated, proactive and don't wait to be told what to do, and are always looking for opportunities to learn, grow, and evolve as a designer
  • You are comfortable sharing work early and often, love receiving feedback on your designs, and love the iterative design process
  • You are genuinely excited and motivated by Ginkgo’s mission

Preferred Capabilities and Experience
  • You have basic experience or coursework in biology, synthetic biology, biodesign, or other related fields or areas of study, or a strong enthusiasm for science and technology!
  • You have a passion for visual storytelling, growing the synthetic biology ecosystem, and creating experiences and moments that strike people’s hearts and minds

We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  

We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.

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