Internships generally run each semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer), and interns typically work for a minimum of 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.
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.
Read on to learn more about the various internships available. Please note that we are only hiring for the four positions in the bulleted list below for the Fall 2019 term:
Applications for the Fall 2019 Internship term are now closed. Please look forward to hearing back from us sometime around or before mid-August.
We will begin accepting Spring 2020 applications in late August.
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 offering stipends to its interns. The amount of each intern's stipend will vary based on the hours they are scheduled for, but will start at a minimum of $1,500.
The Young Adult Writers Program (YAWP) Intern assists in our free YAWP program for teenage writers. Responsibilities include tracking student information, organizing/assisting on some events, support the teen fellowship application process (spring interns), assist the marketing team on YAWP-related initiatives, and attending the YAWP sessions themselves. Necessary skills: experience with and enthusiasm for teenagers and the arts, excellent organizational skills, availability on one Saturday a month and the occasional evening.
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 Community Programs 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.
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 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.
Questions about internships at GrubStreet? Please email Matt Litchfield, at [email protected].