Internships

INTERN AT WRITERS & BOOKS!

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 – Thank you for your interest in working with us. We are temporarily not accepting applications for our internship programs due to the COVID-19 Outbreak. We will resume accepting applications once we are back in the office. Wishing you good health.

Youth Programs

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, child care/youth development; and exposure to the daily operations of a nonprofit arts organization. This is an ideal position for aspiring educators, writers, or individuals interested in exploring a career in the arts.

This summer, we are offering General Apprenticeships
and Claire Allen Social Justice Apprenticeships: please read on!

Learn more about SummerWrite here. Updated info for 2021 coming in March..

GENERAL APPRENTICESHIP DETAILS

Apprenticeship Dates: July 12-August 13, 2021

Time Commitment: 3 weeks minimum; 5 weeks maximum

Weekly Schedule: Average 25 hours per week, M-F, during regular business hours

Platform:  Zoom (access to high speed Wi-Fi and devices required)

Training: Two-three virtual sessions, late June/early July, for a total of 8 – 10 hours 

Stipend: $100/week

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2021, 11:59 pm

How to apply:

* Resume required for college/university students; optional for high school students

Date of notification by email: Applicants we wish to interview will be contacted no later than April 15 to schedule a virtual interview.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in the literary arts and/or youth education
  • Experience working with youth in an informal or educational setting
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • High school junior or senior or college student during the 2020-21 academic year

Responsibilities:

  • Attend training sessions
  • 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
  • Mentor campers with the assistance of teaching artists or other SummerWrite staff
  • Assist with virtual classroom management, technical needs, SW newsletter, class anthologies
  • Other duties as assigned

CLAIRE ALLEN SOCIAL JUSTICE APPRENTICESHIP

Claire Allen Social Justice Apprenticeships honor the legacy of Claire Allen, a dedicated SummerWrite student in 2016 and 2017. An avid reader, published writer, talented musician, and athlete, Claire was bright, kind, and deeply passionate about social justice.

In addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of a SummerWrite General Apprenticeship, Claire Allen Apprentices benefit from the following opportunities:

  • Preferential placement in our social justice-themed camps
  • Additional training/workshop focused on social justice
  • Mentoring in drafting, writing, and polishing brief narratives of their experience to share with the Allen family and funders
  • Website feature: bios and personal statements
  • Receive a thoughtfully selected book that centers social justice issues 
  • Participate in a culminating event to debrief experiences and celebrate achievements

CLAIRE ALLEN APPRENTICESHIP DETAILS

Apprenticeship Dates: July 12-August 13, 2021

Time Commitment: 3 weeks minimum; 5 weeks maximum

Weekly Schedule: Average 25 hours per week, M-F, during regular business hours

Platform:  Zoom (access to high speed Wi-Fi and devices required)

Training: Two-three virtual sessions, late June/early July, for a total of 8 – 10 hours 

Mentoring enhancements: See above list of benefits.

Stipend: $100/week

Selection Criteria: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice.
  • Students and recent graduates from Livingston County and the Rochester City School District are especially encouraged to apply. 

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2021, 11:59 pm 

How to apply:

  • Download and complete the application on our website.
  • Submit completed application, a 100-150-word essay discussing your commitment to social justice,  resume,* and a 250-word statement of your apprenticeship qualifications and goals to Director of Youth Education Sally Bittner Bonn, sallyb@wab.org

* Resume required for college/university students; optional for high school students

Date of notification by email: Applicants we wish to interview will be contacted no later than April 15 to schedule a virtual interview.

Qualifications: See General Apprenticeship Details

Responsibilities: See General Apprenticeship Details

Questions? Email Sally Bittner Bonn at sallyb@wab.org.


INTERNSHIP CALENDAR

  • 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

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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

APPLICATION

Submit these materials to rachaelk@wab.org 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.

Bookstore

  • 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.

Development

  • 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.