Internships

Applications are currently sought for the following unpaid internship positions in our NYC office. Poets & Writers is happy to cooperate with programs at the applicant’s university, college, or high school that offer students credit. Interested students should e-mail a resume and a cover letter to internships@pw.org. IMPORTANT: IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR E-MAIL, INDICATE WHICH INTERNSHIP YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR; without this, we cannot direct your application to the right department and your materials will not be reviewed. 

Readings & Workshops Program Internship (New York City Office)

The Readings & Workshops program provides grants to writers to present readings of their work or to facilitate writing workshops in diverse community settings, including senior centers, homeless shelters, libraries, literary arts centers, and prisons. Interns working with this program will gain an overview of literary and community venues for readings; become familiar with a group of contemporary writers; gain insight into nonprofit administration.

The responsibilities of an intern in the Readings & Workshops program include:

  • Assist with tracking grant applications, and sponsor and writer reports
  • sending out mailings and materials to sponsors and writers
  • gathering information (via the Internet and telephone) about writers or community organizations and outreach to writers and organizations
  • possibly attending readings or performances
  • general office duties (photocopying, mailings)

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Familiarity with contemporary poetry and fiction a plus. Candidates should be able to commit to eight to ten hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. Days and hours are flexible. This internship begins in spring/summer 2016.

Development & Marketing Internship (New York City)

To sustain its programs and services for writers, Poets & Writers relies upon foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorship, and individual donations. This internship represents an opportunity to gain exposure to nonprofit fundraising and marketing for the arts and culture sector in a fast-paced, diverse, and successful development office. The intern will work closely with the development and marketing staff. 

The responsibilities of the Development & Marketing intern include assisting with:

  • direct mail campaigns 
  • fulfillment
  • cultivation and stewardship events
  • preparation of grant proposals and collateral materials
  • prospect and general research
  • social media marketing
  • e-mail campaigns
  • administrative duties, such as filing and data entry

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills and be web-savvy, and have a strong interest in literature and/or nonprofit management. Candidates should be able to commit to eight to ten hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. Days and hours are flexible. This internship begins in spring/summer 2016.