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Interning at The Writer's Center

Thank you for your interest in interning at The Writer’s Center. We offer exciting internship opportunities for recent graduates or undergraduates looking to get hands-on experience working on a great variety of projects for a nonprofit arts organization. Interns are offered a flexible schedule with a combination of in-office and telework. Interns earn one free writing workshop of their choice, and course credit may be arranged.

Poet Lore

Contribute to and develop the online presence of the oldest continuously published poetry journal in America! Help mine the archives of the magazine subscribed to by Walt Whitman! Poet Lore seeks applicants for two positions: Digital Communications Intern and Archival Research Intern for the 2018-19 academic year.

Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry, essays, and reviews. Book-length issues deliver news from the interior—poems that make concerns of our moment both urgent and intimate. We publish with the conviction that poetry provides a record of human experience as valuable as history.

If you are interested in literature and would like to learn more about how a small literary magazine runs, apply!

Social Media Intern Duties:
– Administrative & clerical tasks in support of the managing editor
– Enhance and build the online presence across all social media platforms
– Curate blog content from contributing writers
– Promote new issues across all channels
– Connect with writers on FB, Instagram & Twitter to build networking community
– Other duties as assigned depending on skill level & interest

Archival Research Duties:
– Administrative & clerical tasks in support of the managing editor
– Help organize and document past issues in the archives
– Assist in building a history of the magazine by creating databases to log factual and statistical information
and by contributing to a chronology of important events and milestones
– Visit the Library of Congress to locate and research issues missing from the office archives
– Writing essays based on findings for publication on the blog
– Other duties as assigned depending on skill level & interest

Desired Skills/Qualifications
– Must possess a deep love of literature, & poetry in particular
– Excellent research and writing and skills
– Attention to detail and organization
– Ability to manage website in WordPress [particularly the Social Media Intern]
– Ability to develop social media strategies [particularly the Social Media Intern]
– English majors/minors with emphasis in creative writing or currently enrolled MFA students are strongly encouraged to apply. Other areas of education will be considered.

The interns will work under the direction of the managing editor, Laureen Schipsi. The positions are part-time (minimum one day a week in the Bethesda office) and require the ability to work within a team as well as independently. While the positions are unpaid, we provide two-year subscriptions to Poet Lore.

Applications are now open! Please send a cover letter briefly explaining why you are interested in working with us along with a resume to Laureen.Schipsi@writer.org.

 

MARKETING INTERN

The Marketing Intern will report directly to the Marketing & Communications Manager. They will be responsible for assisting the organization in the development and implementation of its marketing, business development, and public relations plans. This is an unpaid internship and an ideal opportunity for someone seeking academic credit to satisfy graduation requirements.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assist in developing and scheduling social media content 
  • Identify local/national literary opportunities
  • Help maintain distribution/media lists 
  • Support TWC at events as needed/available
  • Assist with developing targeted marketing campaigns
  • Write pieces for print publication, The Writer’s Guide
  • Outreach to local business community

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate is a current or recent college graduate in business, public relations, marketing or communications; junior/senior high school and graduate students also welcome to apply
  • Excellent organizational skills and extreme attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel
  • Knowledge in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign a plus
  • Understanding of social media preferred
  • Enthusiasm for TWC’s mission

This position is unpaid, offering the opportunity to hone professional skills in a collegial environment for academic credit and requires a 10-20 hours per week commitment. TWC is located in downtown Bethesda, close to Metro, with on-site parking available. This position reports to the Marketing & Communications Manager. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, send your resume to zach.powers@writer.org

 

Program INTERN

The Program Intern will report directly to the Director of Programs. They will gain broad exposure to non-profit management and programmatic operations. This is an unpaid internship and an ideal opportunity for someone seeking academic credit to satisfy graduation requirements.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Conducting research for new instructors and consultants
  • Sending out and managing contracts
  • Updating handbook for instructors
  • Updating website information and inventory
  • Assisting with setting up social gatherings for instructors
  • Creating surveys and tabulating results for workshops
  • Other tasks as needed

Ideal candidate is a current or recent college graduate from an accredited four-year institution; junior/senior high school and graduate students also welcome to apply.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Interest in non-profit development
  • Excellent organizational skills and extreme attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs including Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of database management (Raiser’s Edge, etc.) a plus
  • Understanding of social media preferred
  • Enthusiasm for TWC’s mission

This position is unpaid, offering the opportunity to hone professional skills in a collegial environment for academic credit and requires a 10-20 hours per week commitment. TWC is located in downtown Bethesda, close to Metro, with on-site parking available. This position reports to the Director of Programs. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, send your resume to laura.spencer@writer.org.