Internship: Teachers & Writers Collaborative


FALL 2013–SPRING 2014

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) is accepting applications from candidates for three unpaid internships during the 2013–2014 school year.


T&W seeks to educate the imagination by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts. Since 1967, T&W has worked with more than 770,000 students and more than 60,000 teachers in New York City and surrounding areas; published Teachers & Writers Magazine, a quarterly publication that has received 10 Awards for Excellence from the Association of Educational Publishers; and published more than 80 books about the teaching of creative writing.


Interns work at T&W during regular business hours (9 to 5, Monday through Friday) and are asked to establish a regular work schedule based on the requirements outlined below. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit a minimum of 12 hours per week to T&W.


Individuals interested in interning with T&W should send a cover letter and résumé to: or to T&W Internships, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 520 8th Ave Ste 2020, New York NY 10018 by Monday, September 16. Applications will not be accepted via fax. Applicants should indicate which of the internship positions described below is of greatest interest, if they are available for the full academic year or for only one semester, and approximately how many hours per week they would be able to work at T&W.




Poetry Out Loud

The Poetry Out Loud intern will assist with all aspects of managing New York State’s Poetry Out Loud program, a poetry memorization and recitation competition for high school students. Specific responsibilities will include:


  • Maintaining database of principals, teachers, students, contacts at host sites, competition judges, and other participants in Poetry Out Loud
  • Assisting in developing program fliers, marketing materials, and press releases
  • Coordinating program mailings to participating schools
  • Assisting in developing and posting information about Poetry Out Loud on T&W website and social media platforms
  • Compiling data on program participation at district, regional, and state levels
  • Participating in drafting final report on 2013–2014 program for New York State Council on the Arts
  • Assisting with researching potential future program funders and developing funding proposals
  • Participating in Poetry Out Loud meetings, including program development sessions focused on generating ideas for future program growth
  • Assisting with general office tasks (e.g., answering phones, greeting visitors) as requested


Teachers & Writers Magazine

The Teachers & Writers Magazine intern will support all aspects of work on this quarterly publication and participate in planning for transitioning the magazine to digital formats. Specific responsibilities will include:


  • Helping to generate and research story ideas, proofreading copy, fact checking, and identifying images for use in the publication
  • Reviewing and responding to unsolicited submissions to the magazine
  • Writing content for the magazine and generating magazine-related content for the T&W website and social media platforms
  • Taking photos at T&W writing programs in schools and other community sites
  • Researching options for digital magazine formats and related print publications (e.g., a possible annual “best of’ collection of content from the magazine)
  • Participating in meetings of T&W’s digital magazine working group
  • Assisting with researching potential funders for the transition to digital formats and developing funding proposals
  • Participating in discussions regarding the future of T&W’s annual Bechtel Prize program, including researching other writing competitions
  • Assisting with general office tasks (e.g., answering phones, greeting visitors) as requested



The workshops intern will support T&W’s creative writing programs in schools and other community sites. Specific responsibilities will include:


  • Maintaining database of key T&W contacts at New York City schools and community organizations
  • Participating in outreach to schools and community organizations to market T&W’s creative writing programs
  • Proofreading anthologies of work written by students in T&W’s creative writing programs
  • Visiting classes led by T&W teaching artists to gather information for print and digital publications and for funding proposals
  • Helping with planning for and participating in teaching artist meetings/professional development sessions



  • Participating in planning meetings and events related to special projects, including T&W creative writing programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Assisting with general office tasks (e.g., answering phones, greeting visitors) as requested


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I teach Shakespeare and the blue humanities at St. John's in New York City.

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