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How to Create a Poster Presentation


Getting Started

This guide will give you tips and tools for creating a Poster Presentation

Poster Design Best Practices

  • Don't be too wordy! Keep text concise and clear.
  • Organization is key. Think about what you want to say first and then carefully consider layout.
  • Consider your audience. What will they have questions about? What do you want them to learn from your poster?
  • Make sure your title is descriptive and large enough to be readable from far away.
  • Think about image and font sizes so the poster is readable from 5-8 feet away.
  • Use headings, bullets, and graphics to break up text.
  • Make sure your images and graphics have contrast so they pop on the page.
  • Think about including contact information for those who want more information.
  • Remember, your poster will read left to right just like a page.

Example Posters (Click arrow to scroll through)

Lava Mae Poster
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital Poster
Language Connections Poster
Childvoice International Poster
MFA Boston Poster

Award Categories

This year posters will be judged in two categories:

Most Visually Appealing Poster
Description: A visually appealing poster can be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Do visuals enhance poster content? Is it eye-catching?
  • Are the components of the poster balanced across the space?
  • Easy to read, pleasing-on-the-eye font/ color scheme choices? Is text error-free?
  • Are photographs, graphs, tables, and other graphics creative?

Best Articulation of Career Development Through Internship
Description: In this category, we are looking for the poster to show how the internship impacted the student’s career path and development of career competencies.

  • Poster provides clear description of the internship including student’s responsibilities/accomplishments
  • Poster clearly identifies career readiness skills and how they were strengthened through internship
  • Poster articulates student’s next steps and career goals
  • Poster showcases internship in dynamic way such as “day-in-the-life”

Poster Template

This template will help you get started. Just download this and add your content to the boxes using PowerPoint. Be sure to keep the box sizes the same so that the poster will print properly.

Eagle Intern Fellowship poster template

Need Access to PowerPoint?

Because of the ease of importing images, formatting text boxes, and making slides with extra-large dimensions, many people use PowerPoint for creating posters. For this project, please use the PowerPoint template on this page for your poster. BC students can download PowerPoint for free. You are only allowed one download per computer. If you have received a new computer since your first download, you can re-download it on your new device. For any other technical assistance or if installation does not work, please connect directly with BC Information Technology Services by either calling (617-552-4357) or visiting the IT Help Desk located in O’Neill Library, 3rd floor. For those on or close to campus this summer, you can also use the Library computers that house all softwares.

Microsoft Office @ BC