PEN/Faulkner Foundation is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. We annually administer the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers. Writers in Schools is a literary arts outreach program of PEN/Faulkner that brings literature to life for diverse communities through reading, conversation, and a personal connection to a visiting writer.
The Writers in Schools Internship will focus on our Writers in Schools literary arts K-12 school outreach program, which brings contemporary literature into DC public and public charter schools. We provide free books for students and coordinate class visits with the authors, fostering conversation about their works and their careers as writers.
Helping coordinate author visits and attending visits, where needed, as an author ambassador.
Support with information management of book lists, author database, website organization, volunteer database, and DC public and charter school demographics and needs.
Assist and support evaluation of WinS programming.
Assist with and develop reading packets and materials as well as support material development.
Update WinS materials in print and on the web, including writing and editing copy, selecting images, and marketing the program.
Work closely with the Writers in Schools Program Director to analyze program data and draw meaningful conclusions on the strength and vitality of the program.
The ideal candidate has:
Excellent writing and editing skills
Excellent organizational skills
An interest in education and in art-based outreach programs
The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team
A passion for literature
A good sense of humor
Hours: 8 - 10 hours a week. Compensation: Unpaid
Who can apply: Undergrad students, graduate students, and recent graduates.
Deadline to apply is September 5. Interviews and hirings are done on a rolling basis.
Start date: Mandatory orientation meeting on Saturday, September 8
End date: Week of December 3
To apply, please send an email (noting the position you are applying for) with a current resumé and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.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.
Address: 641 S St NW, Washington DC, 20001