WITS Publishing Internship

The Writers in the Schools program is seeking two publishing interns for summer support in publishing the WITS Anthology from mid-June to mid-August 2024. The WITS Anthology features poetry, prose, and comics from students in the Writers in the Schools program.

Position Description: Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a literary arts education program of Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) that places professional local writers in 34 public schools across four school districts, as well as Seattle Children’s Hospital during the school year. WITS aims to elevate the self-expression of students as they discover and develop their authentic writing and performance voices. Through WITS, students become authors of their own lives.

 

Reports to: WITS Program Manager

 

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has three primary goals:

  • Inspire students to engage in the writing process, build writing skills and increase self-confidence
  • Build a race and equity lens to the teaching of creative writing with the goal of cultivating a sense of belonging for all, while centering students most impacted by structural racism
  • Build a positive learning community that amplifies and celebrates student voices
  • Support teachers and students by providing opportunities for meaningful connection with local writers

 

WITS is seeking two publishing interns for summer support from mid-June to mid-August 2024 (ideally June 17-August 23 but exact dates are flexible depending on intern availability). The publishing intern will work on a wide variety of tasks and projects including:

  • Assisting with editorial efforts for the publication of the yearly WITS anthology (compiling and ordering student work, copy editing drafts, co-authoring an introduction, determine chapter titles, proofreading, etc.)
  • Designing WITS promotional materials to be used throughout the 24-25 school year.
  • Contributing to SAL community-wide events

 

Requirements:

  • A commitment from June – Aug. 2024, 10 hours per week, on a regular schedule (likely 2 days a week, 5 hours per day). Intern credit is available with collaboration with university faculty.
  • Collaborate with staff and other volunteers.
  • Communicate with staff openly. Your ideas, comments and feedback are welcome!
  • Note: this internship is designed to take place primarily in person at the SAL office.

 

Qualifications & Experience:

  • A demonstrated interest in literary arts and education; previous volunteer experience a plus.
  • Must possess a positive attitude and be flexible, friendly & courteous with guests and among peers.
  • Must be a team player but able to work independently on projects.
  • Good communication skills.

 

Compensation:

  • Pay is $25/hr. with a projected 10 hours/week for 10 weeks (up to 100 hours over the course of the summer). 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: “WITS Summer 2024 internship application” to [email protected] by March 1, 2024.