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Autumn House Press is a nonprofit, literary publisher based in Pittsburgh. They publish full-length collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Internships (unpaid) offer experience in the independent publishing industry, as well as in fundraising and nonprofit management.
Interns work with Suzanne Thinnes and learn about PR, fundraising, media relations, event planning, newsletters, special projects, editing/proofing, flyers, and programs. Contact the volunteer coordinator for more information at 412-622-3114.
Pitt’s groundbreaking Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) seeks an intern to be an integral part of our team. We are looking for an undergraduate with excellent writing abilities, attention to detail, and knowledge of social media. At least half of the intern’s time will be devoted to writing, particularly for social media platforms including Twitter, Tumblr, and the CAAPP blog. In addition, the intern will be an on-the-ground resource person, handling some of the promotions and outreach for CAAPP programming and initiatives.
Required: Excellent writing and proofreading ability, organizational skills and attention to detail, and knowledge of social media, especially Twitter and Instagram. Very desirable: Interest in African American poetry and poetics. Desirable but not required: Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.
The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics is committed to equality of opportunity and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, religion, color, national origin, social class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Fall application deadline is August 19.
Contact Assistant Director Steffan Triplett (STT37@pitt.edu) with questions.
City of Asylum, located on the Northside, provides sanctuary for endangered literary writers as well as a space for community events. Their programming includes readings from local and international writers, concerts, film screenings, and children's storytelling. Interns help with organizing weekly events, including administration, ticketing, volunteer facilitation, and location set up. They consider a background in the performing arts a plus as well as a knowledge of WordPress, Mailchimp and Patron Manager. For more information visit their website here. Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Writing and Communications intern position involves writing and editing web news and feature stories and keeping web content up-to-date. Other possible projects, depending on your skills and interest, include writing and editing for print publications, researching, designing, and developing social media projects. Skills needed include writing and communications, research and interviewing skills. This is a paid position. There are deadlines for applying and you need to send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples.
For more information, contact the Senior Director for Marketing & Communications, Bridget Decker, at email@example.com.
The Software Engineering Institute, located at Carnegie Mellon University, is a federally funded research and development center that works in areas such as security automation, risk and resilience. You should have some background in IT, computer science, statistics or math. Your internship could involve helping with blogs, webinars, podcasts, tech writing, editing papers and other publications, help-desk support, design communications and social media.
Gain experience with previews, press releases, game stories, interviews, and newsletter articles by interning at Carnegie Mellon University's Athletic Department. Interns will work various athletic events; note that weekend availability is needed. This site has internship openings both Fall and Winter semesters.
Contact Mark Fisher, Sports Information Director, for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-268-3087.
DBLAC (Digital Black Lit and Composition) is a learning community and an intellectual project committed to Black knowledge-making and sharing. DBLAC operates from a multilayered understanding and enactment of community that exists within the academy, across institutions, and with communities beyond institutions directly connected to DBLAC. In every space, the support of Black scholarship is central. Through signature programs that offer writing help, mentorship, networking, and resource-pooling, DBLAC creates public spaces that promote undisciplined communication, not limited to any disciplinary area of study, through the use of Black feminist and communal practices.
Half of the intern’s time will be devoted to public writing, particularly for the monthly email and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the DBLAC blog. Public writing for this internship will also include some audio and video editing. The remaining half of the intern’s time will be devoted to research writing, particularly related to conference and funding proposals.
DBLAC internships are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For more information, contact Dr. Khirsten Scott at KLE37@pitt.edu.
You will work remotely with a professional literary agent in NYC. Interns screen manuscripts for authors, complete reader reports, and write letters/emails.
Here is what on intern said: "“Don’t be afraid to ask for more work, to write something you feel passionate about, for more guidance, or networking opportunities. Asking questions shows that you care….[The] class and the course packet should give you the confidence you need to enter the professional world. From advice, personality tests, and resume and cover letter examples, to interviewing tips, the course packet will be your bible.” Rebecca Nagy, Harvey Klinger Inc."
The Heinz History Center (and the sports museum, library and archives within it), Meadowcroft Rock Shelter and Historic Village, and Fort Pitt Museum present "the American experience with a Western Pennsylvanian connection." Their areas of focus include "archeology, archives, artifact collections, conservation, educational programs, exhibitions, library, museums, performance, publications, research, technical assistance, broadcast, media and the Internet." This might be a great internship for students studying history. The History Center building is located in the Strip District. Meadowcroft is a good location for science majors. They have an online application but it's a good idea to supplement it with a resume and cover letter.
Homewood Youth-Powered and Engaged (HYPE) Media is a critical literacies and digital studies program focused on story-making facilitation and development for Homewood youth. HYPE functions as a description and the praxis of the program. For this program, to hype requires careful decision making around intentional messaging intending to impact awareness. Currently, HYPE students are exploring story-making possibilities through the management of their social media accounts and the production of their podcast. HYPE Media is registered as a Pittsburgh Public Schools Out-of-School time project through the Homewood Children's Village, a local non-profit.
The HYPE Media Intern position is ideal for candidates with experience and budding expertise in professional communication and public writing. Intern responsibilities include working with program reports; email communication; post-dated archiving of video and audio recordings; website management; and research writing on Black girls, youth literacy, digital literacy, and Pittsburgh.
HYPE Media internships are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. For more information, contact Dr. Khirsten Scott at KLE37@pitt.edu.
This TV-station internship will place you with one of their shows or departments for 20 hours a week. It’s highly competitive so apply early.
Literacy in Composition Studies (LiCS, an academic journal founded by Pitt PhD grads 8 years ago) seeks interns to help manage a data project as part of LiCS implementation of anti-racist publishing practices. The intern will also create a Zotero (electronic reference system) library charting citations in the journal for the past 3 years, tagged with geographic, institution, rank, and demographics. Additional data analytics projects are possible, depending on student interest. Training and support available, approximately 5-8h per week, 100% remote, unpaid.
Contact: Tara Lockhart email@example.com
The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, offers a summer internship for current undergraduate students looking to learn and develop skills at an established and active literary arts non-profit. This internship has historically been onsite in NYC; changing Covid-19 circumstances may determine it a remote position for some semesters.
Interns do meaningful work for NBF supporting the National Book Awards, their educational and public programming, communications & social media efforts, and non-profit operations and administration. The staff ensures that every intern receives mentorship and experience necessary to progress in the arts or publishing industry.
This marketing internship will provide opportunities for writing and social media for Pittsburgh’s gorgeous flower conservatory. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and cover letter for available internships. Call 412-622-6914 for more information.