826DC Publications Internship

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Lannan Center and 826DC are offering a 2015-2016 academic year internship opportunity to a Georgetown undergraduate or graduate student interested in working with 826DC’s Young Authors’ Book Project and Publishing Programs.

Student Publishing Interns support all aspects of on-site and off-site student publishing projects, including our flagship Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) and chapbook publishing. The Student Publishing Intern will coordinate and execute the editing, proofreading, and production process for publishing projects. Interns will create and execute at least one writing workshop with YABP students at a partner school, and under the direction of the Programs Director, may be assigned to work one-on-one or in a small group mentorship capacity with students between ages 6-18.

Candidates should have an interest or experience in publishing production, editing/proofreading, education, working with children, youth development, writing and the arts in a professional and data-driven setting, nonprofits, and/or social justice work. Candidates must be comfortable working with diverse populations. This is NOT a writing-based position, though writing is at the heart of what we do. Student Publishing Interns work closely with the Programs Director and On-site Programs Manager.

Prior programming interns have had the opportunity to create and lead writing workshops, mentor high school students in short story writing, and attend a book release party with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the Vice Presidential mansion.

This is a year-long internship that runs from mid-September through mid-May. Candidates for this position must be enrolled as students at Georgetown University.



  • Supports the Programs Director and Programs Coordinator in the execution of all 826DC on-site and off-site publishing projects, including but not limited to: Young Authors’ Book Project (YABP) and chapbook publishing.
  • Creates and executes at least one writing workshop with YABP students at partner school.
  • Is a positive and supportive mentor to students who participate in 826DC programming.
  • Adheres to 826DC’s approach to working with and supporting students of all ages, including positive youth development and experiential learning; supports students who participate in 826DC programming with positive reinforcement, positive engagement and redirection, and a sense of humor, where appropriate
  • Under direction of the Programs Director, reaches out to potential venue locations for the YABP book release party.
  • Coordinates the YABP book release party and supports the coordination of additional publishing parties, as needed.
  • Directly coordinates and executes the editing, proofreading, and production process for YABP and other publishing projects, as needed.
  • Supports 826DC’s backend volunteer outreach and support through our volunteer database, Salesforce.
  • Supports 826DC’s program design through accurate collection and input of student involvement data and program evaluation.
  • Alongside 826DC staff, supports the execution of the In-School Writing, Editing, and Publishing Program (ISWEP) by working one-on-one or in small groups with students at partner schools throughout Washington, DC.
  • Supports in the research and development of publishing project sustainability documents, as needed.
    Supports 826DC events and initiatives, as appropriate.
  • Works a regular bi-weekly shift in the Museum of Unnatural History, and uses shift to inform Museum visitors about 826DC and its programs.
  • Supports 826DC fundraising, volunteer outreach, and community events and initiatives, as appropriate; attends, as s/he is able, 826DC events and volunteer socials.
  • Writes appropriate and relevant content for 826DC’s blog, website, and social media.
  • Checks 826DC office voicemail daily; records messages and emails to the relevant parties, as needed.
  • Responds to emails sent to YABP@826DC.org.
  • Performs 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 offers her/his own ideas and recommendations.
● Interns are expected to ask for help, support, and resources when s/he needs these, and to speak up early when s/he is not able to meet a deadline or complete a task or project.
● 826DC expects interns to contribute her/his own brand of humor and originality to 826DC’s volunteer spirit and to help create a positive working experience with 826DC.



● Interest in writing, publishing, the arts, education, nonprofits, youth development, or arts education.
● Strong written and verbal communication skills.
● Preference for candidates with some experience working with children in either a formal or informal setting (teaching, summer camp, workshops, tutoring, mentoring, babysitting).



The stipend for this internship is provided through support of the Lannan Center of Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown University and is set at $10.50 per hour.

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

Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Jessica Williams at jw1192@georgetown.edu, with the subject line “826DC Publications Intern.” No calls, please.

Applications are due by Thursday, September 4, 2015.