Writers & Books’ interns engage with significant projects. They receive mentoring from seasoned arts administrators, gain new skills, and experience what it’s like to work in a mid-sized literary arts nonprofit.

*NOTE – All  internship programs are temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will resume accepting applications once we are back in the office. Wishing you good health.


  • Fall: September – December (10 weeks)
  • Spring: January/February – May (10-12 weeks)
  • Summer: May/June – August (10-12 weeks)

INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE (descriptions below)

  • Adult Programs
  • Bookstore
  • Communications, Marketing, & Special Events
  • Development
  • Youth Education


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 12 hours/week over 2-3 days
  • Interest in the literary arts and/or nonprofit work
  • Facility with Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Products


Submit these materials to with the subject line “Internship”:

  • CV or resume

Our Process:

  • We will respond to your inquiry within 10 business days.
  • If an opening exists, you will be invited to interview.
  • If an internship is offered, two letters of recommendation are required.
  • Youth Education interns must agree to a background check.
  • All interns are required to participate in online sexual harassment training, and sign code-of- conduct and confidentiality agreements.

Adult Programs

  • Interns learn the development and implementation of literary programs for adults.
  • This will include researching writers and teaching artists, writing and editing bios and program descriptions, managing program evaluation data, and other tasks as needed.


  • Interns learn the fundamentals of managing a small independent bookstore.
  • Skills gained include inventory management, cash management, data maintenance, customer service, public relations, collaboration and teamwork, and marketing and promotion.

Communications, Marketing, and Special Events

  • Interns work with the Director of Communications, developing content for online/social media platforms, updating community e-calendars, orchestrating media campaigns to promote adult workshops, writing press releases, and distributing catalogs and other print materials.
  • They learn the fundamentals of planning, promoting, delivering, and evaluating significant events; and have opportunities to execute independent projects, including program documentation and archival management.


  • Interns are mentored in the art and science of friend-making and fundraising.
  • They learn the fundamentals of constituency database management, making the case, special event management, prospect research, and grantsmanship.

Summer Apprenticeships

The application deadline for our 2021 apprenticeship programs has passed. Please check back in early February 2022 to learn about opportunities in July and August 2022.


  • Average 25 hours per week, 3-5 weeks out of the summer, M-F, during regular business hours
  • Training dates: Late June/early July 
  • Stipend: $100/week
  • Deadline to apply: March 

SummerWrite Apprenticeship

SummerWrite is our reading and writing camp program for youth, ages 5 -18, flourishing for over 35 years. Dozens of camps are offered throughout July and August, with each camp running one week, with full day or half day options available. Camps include a wide range of topics, such as Harry Potter, Magic Tree House, fiction writing, playwriting, poetry, songwriting, and more.

SummerWrite Apprenticeships offer high school juniors, seniors, and college students the opportunity to learn from and assist literary teaching artists. Apprentices gain valuable experience in youth arts education, literary programming, and child care/youth development; as well as exposure to the daily operations of a nonprofit arts organization. This is an ideal position for an aspiring educator, writer, or anyone interested in a career in the arts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Attend training sessions in late June/early July
  • Support the work of teaching artists in the virtual classroom
  • Serve as a role model to campers
  • Use your own creative experience to inspire the creativity of campers
  • Collaborate with colleagues to create a safe, happy, and inclusive environment
  • “Supervise” campers ages 5 – 18 with the assistance of teaching artist or other SummerWrite staff
  • Assist students and teaching artists with virtual classroom management, technical needs, class anthologies, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • A demonstrated interest in the literary arts and/or youth education
  • Experience working with youth in a casual or educational setting
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • High school junior or senior or college student during 2020-21 academic year

Claire Allen Social Justice Apprenticeship

Claire Allen Apprenticeships honor the life and legacy of Claire Allen, a dedicated SummerWrite student (2016 and 2017); avid reader; published writer; and accomplished musician, actor, and athlete. Claire was bright, kind, and had a passion for social justice. The Claire Allen Fund, established in her memory in 2017, underwrites our Social Justice Apprenticeship program and keeps Claire’s spirit burning bright.

We annually identify and hire several Claire Allen Social Justice Apprentices to serve in our SummerWrite program, fulfill the same duties as general SummerWrite Apprentices, and enjoy these additional benefits:

  • Apprentices’ bios/personal statements, highlighting their social justice-related qualifications, are featured on Writers & Books’ website.
  • In addition to typical Orientation workshops/presentations, Apprentices receive an additional training/workshop focused on social justice.
  • Apprentices receive a thoughtfully selected book that centers social justice issues. Examples include Citizen, by Claudia Rankine; How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi; and The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander.
  • Apprentices receive preferential placement in social justice-themed SummerWrite camps.
  • Apprentices participate in a culminating event to debrief their experiences and celebrate achievements.
  • Apprentices receive editorial mentoring in drafting, writing, and polishing brief summations of their experience to share with the Allen family and funders.

Application Criteria

  • Claire Allen Apprenticeships are open to all high school juniors and seniors and college students. Students and recent graduates from Livingston County and the Rochester City School District are especially encouraged to apply. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to social justice through a 100-150 word paragraph included with their application.