Writers in the Schools Internship

We are looking for interns to be part of the team that implements our arts education program in public schools throughout the Puget Sound Region! Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a literary arts education program that places professional local writers in 27 public schools and in five school districts, as well as Seattle Children’s. The mission of WITS is to inspire student and teacher excellence in literacy and the literary arts, and to establish the foundation for a life-long commitment to reading, writing, and creative expression.

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

  • Inspire students to engage in the writing process, build skills and improve the quality of their writing, and increase their self-confidence.
  • Invigorate the teaching of writing by providing teachers with innovative lessons and literature, fresh techniques, and the time and encouragement to join their students in writing.
  • Support and sustain a positive culture of reading and writing at each school.

WITS will hire two interns for Winter 2020 to work on a wide variety of tasks and projects, for example:

  • Event planning for WITS events, including the WITS fundraising luncheon, the WITS anthology launch, and SAL events.
  • Data entry and program evaluation.
  • Reading through and/or typing student work.
  • Telling the story of WITS—program documentation, compiling student work and creating content for the SAL blog and social media.
  • Depending on experience, specialized roles, including:
    o Design (InDesign & Adobe suite for publications).
    o Assistance in WITS classroom.


  • A commitment from January to April of 2020, 8-10 hours per week, on a regular schedule. (Exact start and end date negotiable).
  • Collaborate with staff and other volunteers.
  • Communicate with staff openly. Your ideas, comments, and feedback are welcome.


  • To cancel or reschedule your shift, please email or call your supervisor in advance.
  • Confidentiality.


  • Must possess a positive attitude; be flexible, friendly & courteous with students, SAL guests, and peers.
  • Must be a team-player but able to work independently on projects.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Bring a social justice & equity lens to all work with students and programming.
  • Sense of humor

Related Experience:

Prior volunteer experience and/or education experience a plus. Demonstrated interest in creative writing and amplifying youth voice.


  • Internship credit is available in collaboration with college faculty.
  • Free attendance to all SAL events.

Required Training: One-hour orientation.

Application Deadline: January 17, 2020.

  • A cover letter & resume (saved as one pdf).
  • Optional: a 1-page creative or work-related writing sample.

Send application materials to: wits@lectures.org.