Fall 2019 Internship

Love literature, the arts, and education? Want to learn how a nonprofit operates from the ground up? If you answered yes, The PEN/Faulkner Internship program is perfect for you. We are currently looking to fill positions for Fall 2019.

  • Research and Evaluation Intern
  • Literary Events Intern
  • Writers in Schools Intern

Spring 2019 Interns

Writers in Schools Internship (Multiple positions available)

Writers in Schools (WinS) is PEN/Faulkner’s K-12 literary arts education and community outreach programming. WinS brings contemporary literature and living writers into under-resourced DC public schools, public charter schools, community organizations, and the DC Jail; donates books to low-income readers; administers an annual Youth Essay Contest; hosts in-class personal essay writing workshop residencies with professional writers; provides bilingual Spanish/English books and programming; and offers summer youth programming. We believe that through literature and writing students develop self-confidence and imagination; come to see reading as both an act and an identity; view writing as self-expression and self-narrative; experience the personalization of literary expression; and develop a sense of global citizenship and community.

Tasks include:

  • Helping coordinate author visits; attending visits as an Author Ambassador.
  • Supporting the PEN/Faulkner Day of Gala Author Visits in the Fall.
  • Researching contemporary authors and books to add to our roster.
  • Writing and editing book synopses and author bios for outreach purposes.
  • Researching multi-media texts (essays, poetry, videos, songs, visual art) to support student learning of our core texts.
  • Crafting content for print and web.
  • Generating content for multiple social media platforms.
  • Supporting information management of book lists, author database, website, and volunteers.
  • Researching DC public and charter school partners, publishers, and community organizations.
  • Assisting with program evaluation.
  • Supporting the PEN/Faulkner volunteer program.
  • Supporting, where possible, PEN/Faulkner’s Literary Conversations events (author readings).
  • General administrative tasks.

 

Literary Events Internship (Multiple positions available)

The Literary Events Internship will focus on marketing, program development, and research centered around our public literary events and projects. These include our “Literary Conversations” series, the annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony, the annual PEN/Faulkner Gala, and many more exciting events featuring today’s most popular and talented authors!

Tasks include:

  • Researching contemporary authors for upcoming literary events, as well as potential local and national event partners
  • Assisting with the logistics of upcoming author visits, such as scheduling, travel bookings, and accommodations
  • Crafting book synopses and author bios for upcoming programs
  • Generating content for multiple social media platforms
  • Tracking event ticket sales and donor contributions
  • Attending our literary events and assisting with audience management, set up/take down, and book sales
  • Organization and categorization of PEN/Faulkner archival materials
  • General copywriting and administrative tasks

 

Research and Evaluation Internship (1 position available)

Writers in Schools (WinS) is PEN/Faulkner’s K-12 literary arts education and community outreach programming. WinS brings contemporary literature and living writers into under-resourced DC public schools, public charter schools, community organizations, and the DC Jail; donates books to low-income readers; administers an annual Youth Essay Contest; hosts in-class personal essay writing workshop residencies with professional writers; provides bilingual Spanish/English books and programming; and offers summer youth programming. We believe that through literature and writing students develop self-confidence and imagination; come to see reading as both an act and an identity; view writing as self-expression and self-narrative; experience the personalization of literary expression; and develop a sense of global citizenship and community.

We are seeking applicants for an internship position that will work directly on projects that demonstrate our impact through program evaluation and research.

Tasks include:

  • Collecting and entering survey data.
  • Researching, reading, and summarizing external studies and reports related to WinS’s work, to include best practices and current trends in education, particularly arts and literacy education, and education reform.
  • Assisting in creating and editing summaries of data and findings, both internal and external.
  • Assisting in using research and evaluation to help shape the WinS narrative about our work and impact in alignment with our logic model and theory of change.
  • Assisting with the writing and editing of WinS research reports, publications, and others.
  • Helping, as needed, to coordinate author visits; attending visits as an Author Ambassador.
  • General administrative tasks.

                    

REQUIREMENTS (ALL POSITIONS)

Hours: Minimum 10 hours/week. Candidates must be able to work shifts of at least 4-hours.

  • Compensation: Unpaid
  • Who can apply: Undergrad students, graduate students, and recent graduates.
  • Deadline to apply: July 31. Interviews and hirings are done on a rolling basis, and positions may fill prior to this date.
  • Start date: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, September 7
  • End date: Week of December 2

TO APPLY

Send an email (noting the position and semester you are applying for in the subject line) with a current resume and cover letter to applications@penfaulkner.org. In your cover letter, please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

LOCATION

Our office is located in the WeWork Wonder Bread building 1 block from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.

COMPENSATION

This is an unpaid internship. Academic credit can be provided. Travel within the work day for internship duties are paid for by PEN/Faulkner. Upon completion of the internship, PEN/Faulkner will provide a travel stipend for interns.

No phone calls, please.