PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Research & Evaluation Internship

Writers in Schools (WinS) is PEN/Faulkner’s K–12 literary arts education and community outreach programming. WinS brings contemporary literature and living writers into under-resourced DC public schools, public charter schools, community organizations, and the DC Jail; donates books to low-income readers; administers an annual Youth Essay Contest; hosts in-class personal essay writing workshop residencies with professional writers; provides bilingual Spanish/English books and programming; and offers summer youth programming. We believe that through literature and writing students develop self-confidence and imagination; come to see reading as both an act and an identity; view writing as self-expression and self-narrative; experience the personalization of literary expression; and develop a sense of global citizenship and community. 

We are seeking applicants for an internship position that will work directly on projects that demonstrate our impact through program evaluation and research. 

Tasks include:

  • Collecting and entering survey data.
  • Researching, reading, and summarizing external studies and reports related to WinS’s work, to include best practices and current trends in education, particularly arts and literacy education, and education reform.
  • Assisting in creating and editing summaries of data and findings, both internal and external.
  • Assisting in using research and evaluation to help shape the WinS narrative about our work and impact in alignment with our logic model and theory of change.
  • Assisting with the writing and editing of WinS research reports, publications, and others.
  • Helping, as needed, to coordinate author visits; attending visits as an Author Ambassador.
  • General administrative tasks.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Experience, coursework, or interest in research and evaluation, particularly within education reform and arts education.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Superb attention to detail.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to summarize complex research ideas for a non-researcher audience (donors, volunteers, staff, etc.).
  • The ability and drive to work independently.
  • An interest in arts-based education outreach programs.
  • High level of proficiency with the GSuite platform.
  • A willingness to take risks, accept feedback, and grow.
  • A good sense of humor.

*Mandatory Orientation Date: Saturday, September 7*

Contact Information

Lacey Dunham, Writers in Schools Director
Writers in Schools
641 S St. NW, 3rd Fl.
Washington, DC