Internships generally run each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), and interns typically work 15 hours per 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.
In August 2020 we will release the application portal for Spring 2021 internships. Please keep an eye on this page for updates, or subscribe to our newsletter.
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 (like posing for pictures with a giant promotional teddy bear or picking up donuts for the whole office - including interns!).
- Customer service: answering phones and emails, making small cash transactions, answering questions about who we are and what we do, and more.
- 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.
Please note that interns do not have a role in instructing courses - but they do get to take a free class!
GrubStreet is now paying interns hourly.
Each term's offerings are a little different. Below are descriptions of positions we have had in the past; this page will be updated for the Spring 2021 term when we release the application portal!
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 also be asked to help out with events.
Youth & Community Programs Intern
The Youth and Community Programs Intern assists in our free Young Adult Writing Program (YAWP) for teenage writers, as well as with our Write Down the Street program run in neighborhoods around Boston.
- Tracking student information,
- Assisting with events and classes in our office and off-site (occasionally in the evenings and on weekends),
- Supporting the teen fellowship application process,
- Assisting the marketing team on YAWP-related initiatives,
- Preparing class materials for students and instructors,
- Setting up student surveys and collecting data.
- Handling day-to-day communications with student and parent as well as with partner organizations.
- Help schedule, plan, and oversee special events like the Write Down the Street showcase, Teen Fellowship Orientation, etc.
- Supports the application and review process for the YAWP Writing Fellowship and the YAWP Working in the Arts Fellowship.
Necessary skills: Prioritizes commitment to access and equity, experience with and enthusiasm for teenagers and the arts, excellent organizational skills, full day availability on one Saturday a month and the occasional evening. Fluency in Spanish or Haitian Creole is a plus, but not required.
Finance & Operations Intern
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 Development Intern supports the fundraising department of GrubStreet. This 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 intern will work with the marketing team to engage new writers, support our access programs, raise awareness for GrubStreet offerings, and increase registrations for our annual conference, the Muse & the Marketplace. Responsibilities for this role include building and editing blog posts, creating graphics as needed, writing and scheduling social media, among other marketing activities. This position will also promote, participate in and track attendance of promotional activities and events, such as open houses, free sessions, and GrubStreet’s annual conference, the Muse & the Marketplace.
Muse & The Marketplace Conference Intern
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 who will stay through the spring term to assist with the conference. 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.
GrubStreet Intern Alumni
GrubStreet is proud to hire interns from a broad range of schools from the Boston area and beyond. Check out a list of past interns’ schools below. Don’t see yours? Apply today!