Writers in the Schools Paid Summer Publishing Internship

WITS is seeking a publishing intern for summer support from June to August 2022—(exact dates flexible depending on intern availability and/or school schedule). The publishing intern will work on a wide variety of tasks and projects, including:

• Assisting with all editorial efforts for the publication of the yearly WITS anthology (selecting and compiling student work, copy editing drafts, and preparing for the fall 2022 book release).

• Designing chapbook templates and other WITS promotional materials to be used throughout the 2022/23 school year.

• Contributing to SAL community-wide events including: organizational blog posts, Summer Book Bingo reading initiatives, and more.

Position Description:

Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a literary arts education program of Seattle Arts & Lectures (SAL) that places professional local writers in 25 public schools across four school districts, as well as Seattle Children’s Hospital during the school year. The mission of WITS is to inspire student and teacher excellence in literacy and the literary arts, and to establish the foundation for a lifelong commitment to reading, writing, and creative expression.

Reports to:

The Director of Education

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 is seeking a publishing intern for summer support from June to August 2022—(exact dates flexible depending on intern availability and/or school schedule). The publishing intern will work on a wide variety of tasks and projects, including:

• Assisting with all editorial efforts for the publication of the yearly WITS anthology (selecting and compiling student work, copy editing drafts, and preparing for the fall 2022 book release).

• Designing chapbook templates and other WITS promotional materials to be used throughout the 2022/23 school year.

• Contributing to SAL community-wide events including: organizational blog posts, Summer Book Bingo reading initiatives, and more.

Requirements:

• A commitment from June – August 2022, 8-12 hours per week, on a regular schedule. Intern credit is available with collaboration with university faculty. Start and end dates negotiable.

• 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 (with the possibility of some remote hours). SAL is fully vaccinated office and proof of full vaccination and booster is required.

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

• Any experience with editing—self or others!—and/or using publication software like InDesign a plus, but not mandatory!

Compensation:

• $25/hr. with a projected 10 hours/week for 10 weeks (up to 100 hours over the course of the summer). (Note: as a contractor, taxes are not withheld). 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 2022 internship application” to wits@lectures.org by April 8th, 2022.

Note: Seattle Arts & Lectures is a fully vaccinated office and all medically eligible new staff members will be asked to provide proof of vaccination.

SAL is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from all cultures and communities are warmly encouraged to apply. We believe that having a board of directors, staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission and we strongly encourage applications from people of color and other historically underrepresented and marginalized groups.