Internships generally run each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) and average 12-15 hours/week during office hours (Monday -- Friday, 9:30am-6:30pm). Schedules are casual, as are dress code and office atmosphere. We have a lot of fun at work and get a lot done; we expect the same from you. In exchange for your hard work, you'll get an insider's look at the Boston creative writing scene, free GrubStreet classes, and some valuable new skills. We've also been known to write some killer recommendations for those who are worthy. This is a great opportunity for students, recent grads, and anyone interested in nonprofit work and the arts.
Wondering what a day in the life of a GrubStreet intern looks like? Check out a blog post by one of our former interns describing how our interns are the "mighty stone pillars" holding up the foundation of GrubStreet's headquarters.
We are now receiving applications for our new Blog Internship! Read the description of the internship below, and submit your application here by 5:00pm (EST) Thursday, May 24th.
The application window for Fall Internships is now open! Please submit your materials via this link by 5PM (EST) on Thursday, July 12th. We are seeking interns in the following departments:
- YAWP Intern
- Program Intern
- Muse & The Marketplace Conference Intern
- Development Intern
- Marketing Intern
- Operations Intern
- Access Intern
Like a Renaissance man (or woman, or person), interns will dabble in (and excel at) a variety of tasks at GrubStreet. Duties include:
- Office administration, such as filing, assisting with mailings, keeping the space organized, doing research on a variety of topics, running to the post office, and whatever else strikes our fancy.
- Internet research.
- Grunt work, such as assembling furniture, restocking supplies, helping us tidy up the office, setting up for events and classes.
- Necessary skills for all interns: ENTHUSIASM, willingness to work on a variety of projects, ability to work independently and with minimal direction, superb attention to detail, stellar organizational skills, ability to learn new tasks quickly, pride in a job well done, and the ability to do all these with cheer and a sense of humor.
The blog internship is a unique opportunity to intern with GrubStreet from anywhere! During Grub’s first fully remote six-month-long internship, the blog intern assists the Editor in the day-to-day running of the blog, including proofing drafts, formatting blog content, optimizing posts for social media, sourcing and creating imagery, communicating with contributors, and maintaining the editorial calendar. Blog interns work one-on-one with the Editor to develop copyediting and developmental editing skills, gaining a better understanding of how editors work with contributors to take a piece from initial submission through a series of drafts to the final published version. How do editors select a piece for publication? How do they solicit work? How do they determine what a piece needs before it is ready for public eyes, and how do they write editorial notes that will guide contributors to a finished draft? The blog intern has the opportunity to learn more about all of these processes and apply what they’ve learned by editing content for the GrubStreet blog. The intern will work remotely and must be able to commit 5-10 hours a week for a six month period. We are particularly interested in applicants who are unable to apply for other GrubStreet internships due to other commitments.
The Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP) Intern assists in our free YAWP program for teenage writers. Responsibilities include tracking student information, helping shape the program along with its teachers and coordinator, and attending the YAWP sessions themselves. Necessary skills: experience with and enthusiasm for teenagers and the arts, excellent organizational skills, availability on occasional Saturdays.
The Program Intern helps with the various programs offered at GrubStreet—supporting regular classes, neighborhood workshops, and advanced programs (Novel and Memoir Incubators/Generators and the Short Story Incubator). This includes adding classes to the website, preparing class materials for students and instructors, data-gathering, and setting up student surveys. The intern may be asked to help out with events and assist in managing the card catalogue system for our member library.
Muse & The Marketplace Conference Intern (Only Fall and Spring terms)
Our annual three-day literary conference gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and non-fiction, prepares them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. The conference takes place in the spring, but there's a lot of work to be done to support the planning throughout the year. In the fall term, we'll hire an intern for programmatic support and in the winter term we'll hire two interns--one for programmatic support and one for sponsorship support. Each intern will be exposed to a wide array of tasks, including but not limited to data-gathering, outreach and liaising with potential sponsors, and assisting with web content and upkeep. Read more about the conference here.
The Development Intern assists with membership registration and processing, direct mailing campaigns, event sponsorship, fundraising events, grant research and writing grant proposals, and other projects to support the Development team.
The Marketing Interns engage GrubStreet audiences and maintain the brand voice across various platforms. They help drive awareness for GrubStreet programs and events and grow registrations for all classes. Interns are responsible for maintaining a strong social media presence through postings, scheduling, and interactions with followers. They also come up with new content ideas across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Furthermore, they assist in writing content for GrubStreet newsletters, which reaches thousands of readers each week. The intern will also have a hand in producing graphic design pieces like social media images and flyers. There may also be opportunity to work on and develop new marketing campaigns and initiatives for various GrubStreet programs.
The Operations Intern helps support all systems and programs at GrubStreet by conducting comparative research of vendors and system options, acting as the steward of the GrubStreet space, and providing assistance in drafting reports and manuals. Familiarity with excel is helpful, but what's most important is a comfort with numbers, attention to detail, and a positive attitude. The intern will learn about the financial and operations side of running a creative organization.
The Access Intern supports all access work, offering administrative support for the neighborhood programs and the GrubStreet Writers of Color group, and other small projects to increase access to Grub programs. This includes being the on location point-person for offsite classes, preparing class materials for students and instructors, data-gathering, and setting up student surveys, and assisting the Access Coordinator during events. The intern will work remotely and at locations away from GrubStreet's headquarters, and must be willing to commit 5-10 hours/week.The Access Intern supports all access work, offering administrative support for the neighborhood programs and the GrubStreet Writers of Color group, and other small projects to increase access to Grub programs. This includes being the on location point-person for offsite classes, preparing class materials for students and instructors, data-gathering, and setting up student surveys, and assisting the Access Coordinator during events. The intern will work remotely and at locations away from GrubStreet's headquarters, and must be willing to commit 5-10 hours/week. Fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not required.
Questions about internships at GrubStreet? Please email Erin Cohen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.