826DC Publications Internship

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Lannan Center and 826DC are offering an internship opportunity to a Georgetown undergraduate or graduate student interested in working as a Student Publishing and Production Intern.

Student Publishing Interns support all aspects of on-site and off-site student publishing projects, including 826DC's flagship Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) and chapbook publishing. The Student Publishing Intern will coordinate and work alongside the Programs Director to edit, proofread, and stay on deadline with production for our major publishing projects. Interns will create and execute at least one writing activity with YABP students at a partner school and will be assigned to work one-on-one or in a small group mentorship capacity with students between ages 6-18.

Prior interns have had the opportunity to create and lead their own writing workshops; visit DC classrooms to mentor aspiring writers; attend a book release party with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the Vice Presidential mansion; design books and other student publication projects; support fundraisers featuring CNN journalist Jake Tapper and New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich, and participate in our annual peer-to-peer fundraiser Paddlestar Galactica.

Position Title: Student Publishing and Production Intern  
Incumbent: Vacant

Employment Type:  Part-Time Intern, 8-10 hours/week

Reports To: Programs Director                                       

Department:  Programs                           

Updated: July 2017

Fall 2017 Internship Dates:

September 9 - Mandatory Intern Orientation / Internship Start Date

December 8 - Internship End Date

Spring 2018 Internship Dates:


Please note: This internship has the option of being a  full academic-year internship, or a fall/spring internship. When applying, please indicate what you are applying for. Preference is for interns who can commit to the full academic year.

Internship Hours:

826DC’s offices are open Monday through Saturday, 10am-6pm. Programming hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30am-7pm.

Interns for this position are expected to have availability during at least one major publishing program time. Fall 2017 dates and times are in the finalization process. 


  •  Support the Programs Director in the execution of all 826DC on-site and off-site publishing projects, including but not limited to: Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP), In-Schools Writing, Editing & Publishing (ISWEP) projects, and on-site chapbook publishing.

    Please note: The Fall Student Publishing position has a stronger focus on content generation in the classroom while the Spring Student Publishing position has a stronger focus on production, including copyedits, book design, and book layout.

  • Adhere to 826DC’s approach to working with and supporting students of all ages through positive youth development and experiential learning; support students who participate in 826DC programming with positive reinforcement, positive engagement and redirection, and a sense of humor.

  • Support and/or create on-site and off-site writing workshops that develop student writing skills, including students with learning differences, English Language Learners, students with disabilities, and students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Directly coordinate the editing, proofreading, and production process for ISWEP and other publishing projects, as needed.

  • Coordinate the YABP book release party and support the coordination of additional publishing parties, as needed.

  • Participate in required local travel to programming locations, including travel by Metro (train/bus), personal vehicle, and/or walking distances of up to 1 mile.

  • Support 826DC’s volunteer operations through direct outreach and support of volunteer management systems, including our volunteer database, Salesforce.

  • Support 826DC’s program design through accurate collection and input of student involvement data and program evaluation.

  • Alongside 826DC staff, support In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing Programs (ISWEP) by working one-on-one or in small groups with students at partner schools throughout Washington, DC. 

  • Support in the research and development of publishing project sustainability documents, as needed.

  • Support 826DC external events and initiatives, as appropriate; attend, as they are able, 826DC events and volunteer socials.

  • Write appropriate and relevant content for 826DC’s blog, website, and social media.

  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.

  • Work independently to meet deadlines while also maintaining flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances and situations.

  • Take direction from others and offers his/her/their own ideas and recommendations.

  • Ask for help, support, and resources when s/he needs these, and speaks up early when s/he/they are not able to meet a deadline or complete a task or project.

  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.


  • Interns are expected to be able to work independently to meet deadlines while also maintaining flexibility and adaptability to changing circumstances and situations.

  • Interns are expected to take direction from others and offer her/his/their own ideas and recommendations.

  • Interns are expected to ask for help, support, and resources when s/he/they need these, and to speak up early when s/he/they are not able to meet a deadline or complete a task or project.

  • 826DC expects interns to contribute her/his/their own brand of humor and originality to 826DC’s volunteer spirit and to help create a positive working experience with 826DC.


  • Upperclassmen undergraduate status or enrollment in graduate school.

  • Interest in writing, publishing, the arts, education, nonprofits, youth development, or arts education.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Preference for candidates with some copyediting and/or publishing experience in either a formal or informal setting (peer reviews, literary journal, writing consultant).

  • Preference for candidates with some experience working with children in either a formal or informal setting (teaching, summer camp, workshops, tutoring, mentoring, babysitting).


This internship receives a small travel stipend from 826DC. Georgetown University students will receive an hourly rate of $12.50 from the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice.

Interns of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  826DC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages persons of color, females, LGBTQIA persons, and persons with disabilities to apply for this position.

To Apply

Note: The internship is currently open only to Georgetown University and American University students.

Email your resume, cover letter, and three references to to hr@826dc.org. Please put “Student Publishing and Production Internship” in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with hiring for the position ongoing. The final application deadline is Monday, August 28, though hiring for the position may close before that date.