Internships

Online Editorial Intern, Summer 2016 (New York City)


Applications are currently being accepted for an intern to work with our online editorial staff to maintain and enhance the Poets & Writers website, pw.org.

The site features select content from Poets & Writers Magazine, an aggregate of daily news, blogs, and advice from writers, as well as databases on writers, MFA programs, literary magazines, small presses, conferences and residencies, literary agents, writing contests, reading venues, and more. This is an unpaid internship. Responsibilities may include:

Conducting research.

Fact checking.

Editing and adding content to our Literary Events Calendar, which feeds our app, Poets & Writers Local.

Participating in content development for the Poets & Writers Theater, The Time Is Now, Writers Recommend, and other periodical features.

Assisting in checking accuracy of database entries and ensuring that they meet P&W’s standards for inclusion.

Other administrative duties, as needed.

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills, should be web savvy, and must be able to work independently. Familiarity with contemporary poetry and fiction is a plus. Candidates should be able to commit at least four hours per day, two to three days a week for eight weeks. Please send resume and cover letter to Jessica Kashiwabara, Associate Web Editor, at jkashiwabara@pw.org. Please include “Internship” in the subject line. Attachments should be .pdf, .doc, or .rtf files; other file types will not be opened. No calls, please.

Readings & Workshops Program Intern, Summer 2016 (Los Angeles)

Applications are also sought for an intern to work with our Readings & Workshops (West) program in our Los Angeles office from June through September.

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.

This is an unpaid position. 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. 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 10 and 15 hours a week for eight to twelve weeks. Days and hours are negotiable. Poets & Writers is happy to cooperate with programs that offer students credit at the high school or college level. Send resume and cover letter to rw-west@pw.org.