Welcome to The Foundry at Notepad  

Forging young creatives into brand builders of the future

The Foundry gives Birmingham-based design talent an opportunity to kickstart a creative career in the branding industry. We are on the hunt for a young, talented designer (possibly two) to join us for 3-months on The Foundry – Notepad’s paid internship programme.

When it comes to crafting disruptive businesses into game changing brands, we are a force to be reckoned with. We are a hard working, smart and nimble bunch of branding experts, that love turning ideas into creative lava to forge some of the most inspirational and disruptive businesses of the future.

Every creative knows that on-the-job experience is key. Without a few internships, summer work experience stints, or placements, even the best portfolio will struggle to stand out. That’s why we give our creative superstars all the tools and support required at this early stage in their design career but they must be willing to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. All we ask is that you can hit the ground running.

We are looking for people with some prior experience within the creative industry, possibly another internship under their belt or who are straight out of University and have a degree in Graphic Design or similar.

What we’re looking for:

  • Solid design skills and foundations (obvs)
  • High attention to detail
  • Calmness under pressure
  • Be a do-er
  • Be radically optimistic
  • Be fun and outgoing
  • Bring positive energy
  • Be the right fit culturally – a true Padder


What can you expect over the 3 months?


We are on the lookout for the best creative minds, not the best tea making folk. This is a real job with endless opportunities to learn from some of the best in the industry. You’ll be treated like a proper ‘Padder’ with a clear job description and 1-2-1 meeting appraisals to track your progress and performance whilst with you’re with us. We will show you the ropes and keep you on course for greatness.

We will develop you into a Junior Designer and one to watch out for in the future. You’ll get to work on real projects, from initial briefing stages to final production.

So you will definitely get to see much of your work out in the real world. You could be designing the next brand challenger to Uber or WeWork over the course of your internship.

What makes this internship special?


This is not a permanent job, but it could lead to one. It’s a paid internship that runs for 3-months and you will have a contractor’s agreement. Given that you’ll be one of the Notepad team, it’d be pretty cheeky if we didn’t reimburse you for your time.

We will give you an above average living salary to give you a good incentive to focus on doing great work.

There really is no quicker or better way to learn the ropes in this industry than by being right in the thick of it. You will be guided as an intern whilst being treated as a full-time Padder. You’ll spend time in other departments to understand the chemistry of how an agency works together.

Other perks include:

  • An inspiring office space in the centre of Birmingham
  • Flexible and remote working available when required
  • Leave on a pro-rata basis
  • Team building away days and company get togethers
  • Portfolio support and advice
  • Real projects from ideation to completion


If you think you have what it takes to create brands that the world needs, please send your portfolio and a short covering letter (no more than 100 words) to hello@notepadstudio.com


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