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.

Readings & Workshops (East) Intern, Spring/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 beginning mid-April. Days and hours are negotiable. Send resume and cover letter to Bonnie Rose Marcus at bmarcus@pw.org.

Development & Marketing Internship, Summer 2015

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 excellent opportunity to gain exposure to non-profit 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 Managing Director and with 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 research;
  • social media marketing;
  • e-mail campaigns;
  • and administrative duties (including filing and data entry).

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communication skills and be web savvy. Candidates with a strong interest in contemporary literature and/or nonprofit administration are encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be able to commit to eight to ten hours per week for a minimum of ten weeks. Days and hours are negotiable; specific start and finish dates are flexible. Send resume and cover letter to internships@pw.org.