Internships

Applications are currently sought for the following unpaid internship positions in our New York City and Los Angeles offices. Poets & Writers is happy to cooperate with programs at the applicant’s university, college, or high school that offer students credit.

Readings & Workshops (East) Intern, NYC, Summer 2015

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. Writers working in New York State and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Tucson, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., are eligible for funding.

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:

  • assisting 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;
  • plus 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 between eight and 15 hours a week for a minimum of eight weeks. Days and hours are negotiable. Send resume and cover letter to Bonnie Rose Marcus at bmarcus@pw.org.

Readings & Workshops (West) Intern, Los Angeles, Summer 2015

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. The Los Angeles office administers the program in California as well as Houston, Tucson, and Seattle. 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 include:

  • 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 possibly conducting outreach;
  • attending readings, performances, and workshops;
  • assisting R&W staff at community meetings and other P&W-related events;
  • general office duties (photocopying, filing, mailings).

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills. Familiarity with contemporary poetry and fiction a plus. Candidates should be able to commit between eight and fifteen hours a week for ten to twelve weeks. Specific start and finish dates are flexible, as are days and hours. Interested candidates should send a resume and a cover letter to rw-west@pw.org.

Editorial Internship, NYC, Summer 2015

Poets & Writers delivers editorial content to readers through its national magazine, Poets & Writers Magazine, and its website, pw.org. The magazine publishes profiles of noted authors and publishing professionals, practical how-to articles, a comprehensive listing of grants and awards for writers, and special sections on subjects ranging from small presses to writers conferences. Our website, pw.org, features select content from the magazine, an aggregate of daily news, blogs, and advice from writers, as well as a calendar of literary events and databases of writers, MFA programs, literary magazines, small presses, conferences and residencies, literary agents, and writing contests, and much more. The responsibilities of an Editorial intern may include:

  • Entering information about readings in our national Literary Events Calendar.
  • Compiling lists of author videos from YouTube and Vimeo.
  • Reviewing applications and verifying credits for inclusion in the Directory of Writers database.
  • Conducting research related to the maintenance of our other online databases.
  • Conducting research for select articles and for the Resources section of the magazine.
  • Proofreading and fact-checking articles.
  • Other administrative duties, including filing, organizing the office library, and updating internal documents.

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills, be web savvy, and must be able to work independently. Knowledge of Microsoft Word is essential. Familiarity with content management systems a plus, as is familiarity with contemporary poetry and fiction. Candidates should be able to commit at least four hours per day, two to three days a week, for ten to twelve weeks. Send resume and cover letter to internships@pw.org.