Intern or Volunteer

To volunteer for The Poetry Society of New York, please email Stephanie Berger at sb@poetrysocietyny.org with a short cover letter explaining your interest and background.

Below is a list of our available internships. All internships are unpaid, but they can be done for college credit.

Title:  Event Production Intern 

Position Summary
The Poetry Society of New York is seeking an intern who will assist with the production of The Poetry Brothel, The New York City Poetry Festival, and/or other special events.

Principal Duties
Event Production Interns will be responsible for:
1)      Assisting with set-up and breakdown of events
2)      Ticketing, stage managing, and other on-site duties during events
3)      Writing press releases/event descriptions/newsletter
4)      Developing event ideas and seeing them through their execution

Key Skills and Qualifications
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
Calm under pressure; experience working in fast paced environments
Willingness to work during nonstandard business hours
Strong organizational skills; attention to detail

Additional Relevant Skills
Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry
Experience using Eventbrite, Vertical Response, WordPress, and/or HTML/CSS
Degree in communications, marketing or a related field

Time Commitment
15+ hours/week

Location
Various Locations; Some off-site web-only work; Collaborative group meetings one or more times per week

To Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to sb@poetrysocietyny.org.

Besides framing your interest and qualifications, exemplary cover letters should: situate this work in the context of your personal goals and passions; elaborate on why the poetry Society of New York will benefit from your contributions; and highlight desired skills that you hope to develop along the way.

Title:  Fundraising/Development Intern 

Position Summary
The Poetry Society of New York is seeking an intern who will assist with fundraising and development for the society and its projects.

Principal Duties
Fundraising/Development Interns will be responsible for:
1)      Researching grants, private donors, sponsors, and other potential funding sources
2)      Writing grant applications and sponsorship proposals and submitting them
3)      Following up with and maintaining relationships with grantmakers, sponsors, and other donors

Key Skills and Qualifications
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
Quick learner; Self-motivated; ability to work on one’s own with little supervision
Willingness to work during nonstandard business hours
Strong organizational skills; attention to detail
Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry, literature, and the performing arts

Time Commitment
15+ hours/week

Location
Off-site; Collaborative group meetings one or more times per week

To Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter to sb@poetrysocietyny.org.

Besides framing your interest and qualifications, exemplary cover letters should: situate this work in the context of your personal goals and passions; elaborate on why the poetry Society of New York will benefit from your contributions; and highlight desired skills that you hope to develop along the way.

Title:  Typewriter Project Intern (Summer Only)

Position Summary
The Poetry Society of New York is seeking an intern who will assist with our newest project, The Typewriter Project.

Principal Duties
The Typewriter Project intern will be responsible for:
1)      Collecting typewritten pages from a typewriter on Governors Island on a weekly schedule
2)      Uploading these pages to a website and converting these pages into computer-readable text
3)      Blogging about the project and interacting with blog commenters
4)      Some Facebook and Twitter posts about the project

Key Skills and Qualifications:
Experience with WordPress and willingness to learn new software
Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
Strong organizational skills; attention to detail
Willingness to work during nonstandard business hours

Additional Relevant Skills:
Knowledge of literature and interest in contemporary writing

Time commitment:
15+ hours/week

Location:
New York City: East Village and Governors Island

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to sb@poetrysocietyny.org.

Title:  Social Media Intern 

Position Summary
The Poetry Society of New York is seeking an intern who will act as our Social Media manager.

Principal Duties
The Director of Social Media will be responsible for:
1)      Developing a creative and comprehensive social media strategy across multiple platforms
2)      Creating significant original content to publish across digital and print media
3)      Strategically framing  a message to engage diverse audiences and the general public
4)      Corresponding with the NYC community and public about questions, concerns and opportunities
5)      Providing event support, including promotion, preparing materials and setting up event spaces

Key Skills and Qualifications:
Experience with online branding, interactive marketing, & media campaign management
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
Strong clerical and organizational skills; attention to detailWillingness to work during nonstandard business hours 
A sharp wit

Additional Relevant Skills:
Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry
Degree in communications, marketing or a related field

Time commitment:
15+ hours/week

Location:
Off-site, with collaborative group meetings one or more times per week

To Apply: 
Please send a resume and cover letter to sb@poetrysocietyny.org.

Besides framing your interest and qualifications, exemplary cover letters should: situate this work in the context of your personal goals and passions; elaborate on why the poetry Society of New York will benefit from your contributions; and highlight desired skills that you hope to develop along the way.

Title:  Graphic Design Intern

Position Summary
The Poetry Society of New York seeks an intern who will act as our Brand and Visual Design Manager.

Principal Duties
The Brand and Visual Design Manager will be responsible for:
1)      Transforming our organization’s mission and ethos into a cohesive visual vocabulary and brand identity
2)      Using that vocabulary to develop promotional materials including flyers, posters, business cards, website content, publicity emails, media kits, multimedia photo/video, and presentations
3)      Corresponding with the NYC community and public about questions, concerns and opportunities
4)      Providing event support, including promotion, preparing materials and setting up event spaces

Key Skills and Qualifications
Demonstrable design mastery, influence and navigation
Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
Strong clerical and organizational skills; attention to detail
Willingness to work during nonstandard business hours 

Additional Relevant Skills:
Demonstrated familiarity with and enthusiasm for poetry
Experience in leading a brand’s visual identity
Degree in graphic design or a related field.

Time commitment:
15+ hours/week

Location: 
Off-site, with collaborative group meetings one or more times per week

To Apply: 
Please send a resume and cover letter to sb@poetrysocietyny.org.

Besides framing your interest and qualifications, exemplary cover letters should: situate this work in the context of your personal goals and passions; elaborate on why the poetry Society of New York will benefit from your contributions; and highlight desired skills that you hope to develop along the way.

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