2019 Frontend Design Apprentice

Dayton, Ohio, United States expand job description ↓


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.


  • March 15, 2019 - Last Day to Apply (by or before 11:59pm EST)
  • March 18 through March 29, 2019 - Interviews
  • April 5, 2019 - Finalists Notified
  • June 3 through September 30, 2019 - Frontend Design Apprenticeship in Dayton, Ohio


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 this year's 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.


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.


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.


This apprenticeship will take place at our Dayton, Ohio, office from June 3 through September 30, 2019. 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. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.


Sparkbox apprentices are paid $17.50/hour for up to 40 hours per week (overtime is not permitted).

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Before you spend any more time filling this out, are you willing to move to Dayton, Ohio, for the duration of the Frontend Design Apprenticeship (June 3 – September 30)? We require all apprentices to be in our office for this 4-month program.