Mass Poetry

Program Assistant Internship

Mass Poetry seeks a Program Assistant Intern for the Fall 2020 semester (September–December) to support the Education Director in their work. This role has an August start date and has the possibility to extend beyond the Fall 2020 semester. The position requires approximately 10–12 hours per week. A stipend of $350/month is provided. 

Mass Poetry believes that words matter. We support poets and poetry in Massachusetts, help to broaden the audience of poetry readers, bring poetry to readers of all ages, and transform people's lives through inspiring verse. From hosting the Massachusetts Poetry Festival to delivering poets into schools for residencies and workshops across the Commonwealth, Mass Poetry reaches thousands of people, young and old, with out innovative poetry programs.

In 2020, Mass Poetry will become an arts-partner-in-residence at the new Center for Creative Writing, founded by GrubStreet at 50 Liberty in Boston's Seaport District. This pioneering initiative will transform 13,000-square feet of retail space into a bookstore, literary stage, workshop space, podcasting studio, and a literary hub for all voices.

Mass Poetry is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a multicultural organization. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

General Expectations:

Mass Poetry holds events throughout the year, including The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, An Evening of Inspired Leaders, Student Days of Poetry and the bi-monthly U35 Reading Series. Assistance at all events is required.

Primary Responsibilities:

Support the Education Director's work, which covers a range of projects and responsibilities. Functions include:

  • Assisting in the curation of a weekly poetry series (either Poem of the Moment or Hard Work of Hope)
  • Crafting and scheduling bi-weekly articles on the Mass Poetry website
  • Drafting the bi-weekly Mass Poetry newsletter
  • Researching poetry events and updating the Statewide Poetry Calendar
  • Highlighting monthly Poets in the Spotlight
  • Maintaining the New Books & Interviews webpage
  • Managing Mass Poetry's Facebook and Twitter presence
  • Managing Mass Poetry's general information email account
  • Performing outreach and promotion for the bi-monthly U35 Reading Series and other events
  • Hosting the bi-monthly U35 Reading Series
  • Taking an active role in any events, programming, or contests
  • Occasionally assisting on-site at middle or high schools with Poet in Residence placements and Student Days of Poetry
  • Other tasks in support of the Education Director's work, as assigned

The ideal candidate is:

  • motivated and enthusiastic
  • detail oriented and organized
  • professional and has a positive demeanor
  • an excellent communicator
  • experienced in outreach and event promotion
  • experience in website maintenance
  • connected to poetry and/or the Massachusetts poetry communities in some way

Interested applicants can apply here!

The application deadline is July, 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Contact Information

Erica Charis-Mollin, Education Director
Mass Poetry
15 Channel Center St., Ste. 103
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