Public Programs Internship

The Public Programs Internship seeks to offer professional development opportunities in the nonprofit literary arts sector to applicants from historically underrepresented and under-invited communities. Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) is seeking one paid intern to support the Public Programs team from April to June 2024.

Reports to: Director of Events & Outreach

Internship Overview: At SAL, the Public Programs team drives the production, outreach, and sales for all ticketed events, as well as engagement around our free community programs. Public Programs Internships are designed to give hands-on experience in a variety of areas, including event curation, production, and marketing & communication. Our interns learn skills in program development, box office, event management, outreach, and learn the daily operations of an arts organization.

About SAL: The mission of Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) is to cultivate transformative experiences through story and language with readers and writers of all generations. SAL plays a unique role in our community by using the literary arts to invest in essential community conversations. We offer thoughtfully curated experiences through programs that are intergenerational in nature, bolstering both emerging and established literary artists, and inviting change and new perspectives in our audience. We believe these activities are essential to continuously and courageously revitalize equity, justice, and belonging.

The Public Programs team is seeking one Public Programs Intern to support the team from mid-April to mid-June 2024. (Exact dates are flexible depending on intern availability). This intern will work on a wide variety of anticipated tasks and projects:

Marketing & Outreach (20%)

  • You’ll produce a few engaging social media posts.
  • You’ll work on editing and proofreading print and digital materials for our 2024/25 Season

Event Production (20%)

  • You’ll get familiar with the lifecycle of an event, from curation to event production.
  • You’ll work on the ground at an event(s) of your choosing in a key management role.
  • You’ll produce copy and assets for SAL’s website and emails.

Box Office Support (20%)

  • You’ll learn a few Box Office basics, from processing ticket orders to getting an introduction into our PatronManager CRM database.

Public Programs Coordination & Support (40%)

  • You’ll participate in weekly Public Programs team meetings, curation meetings, and shadow members of the team in their day-to-day operations.
  • You’ll contribute your ideas and support to emerging community programming efforts that the Public Programs team will launch in our 2024/25 Season.

Platforms you will get experience in:

  • MailChimp
  • PatronManager/Salesforce
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Hootsuite
  • Adobe Software


  • This internship is 10 weeks in length, and occurs from mid-April to mid-June.
  • Applicants must be available 10 hours per week during regular business hours (9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) in-person at the SAL office, located in North Capitol Hill. There will be additional opportunities to spend some of these weekly hours working offsite at evening events.
  • Applicants must live in the Seattle area, be at least 18 years old, and be able to commute to the SAL office. Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

It is not required to be enrolled in school or be a recent graduate.


  • A passion for books, the literary arts, and SAL’s mission.
  • A growth mindset approach to work and a curiosity to learn.
  • An ability to collaborate with team members and work independently.
  • Good communication skills.

Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills, characteristics, and experiences, both professional and lived. People of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pay is $25/hour, with a projected 10 hours/week for 10 weeks. Credit hours are available for college students.

Application instructions: Please email a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and a resume along with your summer dates of availability as one PDF, with the subject line: “2024 Public Programs Internship Application” to [email protected] by March 5, 2024.