As a Sparkbox Frontend Design Apprentice, you’ll spend four months with our team, learning the skills needed to be a web designer in today’s quickly changing responsive web world. You’ll start by learning to write semantic HTML and CSS and quickly progress to working on projects where you create wireframes and interface design. We’ll guide you through the iterative design process, point out things to keep in mind, and help you arrive at a compelling visual concept. During that process, you’ll learn to code your concepts like a pro, using Sass to help write, manage, and compile your CSS.
By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll have the skills to function as a full-fledged frontend designer. You’ll also have a couple projects behind you and knowledge to take on what’s next.
Sparkbox has offices in Dayton, OH, and Pittsburgh, PA. The Apprenticeship is located in Dayton, OH.
March 25, 2018 - Deadline to Apply
April 2 through April 13, 2018 - Interviews
April 16, 2018 - Finalists Notified
June 4 through September 28, 2018 - Frontend Design Apprenticeship
Each year, we receive questions about the kind of person who makes a great apprentice. We want to be clear about what we are looking for, so please continue reading how we will make decisions for the 2018 frontend design apprenticeship.
Passion for Design
We’re looking for people who are passionate about good design and can show this passion through past design work. Self-initiated projects are always a great way to show that you love the work you do. We don’t expect you’ve mastered your craft, but a fluency in design concepts like typography, hierarchy, and layout are definitely preferred—whether you’ve used them for the web or other mediums.
Through quite a bit of introspection and a lot of reading, the past few years have taught us that we can always do more to create an inclusive environment—both in our industry and in our team. Sparkbox has been evolving our benefits, such as adding options to better support working moms and dads, and we’ve been working to build a team where we acknowledge our own faults, make all feel welcome, and humbly help each other grow.
One way we can grow is by including more teammates who challenge our worldviews and ways of thinking. To this end, we give you the opportunity on the application to share how you will bring a diverse perspective to the apprenticeship. This will be a key consideration in our review process.
We receive a good number of applications for each apprenticeship. The folks who make it to the final round all have a tremendous hunger to learn, and they back it up with their own experimentation. To be successful in a career doing web stuff, you should be continually learning—eager for knowledge.
Having a strong desire for knowledge is one thing—being willing to hear authentic, constructive criticism (and do something about it) is another. The apprenticeship is a learning role. You have to be willing to check your ego at the door and do what it takes to improve. This is a characteristic we expect of all Sparkboxers, and if you make it into the apprenticeship, you’ll see that we learn as much from you as you do from us.
This apprenticeship will take place at our Dayton, Ohio, office from June 4 to September 28, 2018. We do not offer remote apprenticeships, so please apply only if you're able to commit to being in Dayton for the duration of the apprenticeship. Applications from US residents only, please.
Additional Salary Information: Sparkbox apprentices are paid $15/hour for up to 40 hours per week (no overtime).
Sparkbox is a web design and development firm with a focus on creating web experiences that work as well on mobile devices as they do on desktop. We offer expertise in responsive web design, custom web application development, web standards, accessibility, content strategy, security, mobile commerce, usability, and CMS integration and extension.
We have deep experience working with utilities and multi-brand e-commerce organizations to shift to a more responsive approach to design and development for the web.