PEN/Faulkner Foundation

Writers in Schools 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. 

Tasks include:

  • Helping coordinate author visits; attending visits as an Author Ambassador.
  • Supporting the PEN/Faulkner Day of Gala Author Visits in the Fall.
  • Researching contemporary authors and books to add to our roster.
  • Writing and editing book synopses and author bios for outreach purposes.
  • Researching multimedia texts (essays, poetry, videos, songs, visual art) to support student learning of our core texts.
  • Crafting content for print and web.
  • Generating content for multiple social media platforms.
  • Supporting information management of book lists, author database, website, and volunteers.
  • Researching DC public and charter school partners, publishers, and community organizations.
  • Assisting with program evaluation.
  • Supporting the PEN/Faulkner volunteer program.
  • Supporting, where possible, PEN/Faulkner’s Literary Conversations events (author readings).
  • General administrative tasks.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Superb attention to detail.
  • An interest in arts-based education outreach programs.
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team.
  • High level of proficiency with the GSuite platform (Gmail, GDocs, etc.).
  • A willingness to pitch in on all assignments.
  • A willingness to take risks, accept feedback, and grow.
  • A good sense of humor.

We are also interested in candidates who have:

  • Experience with social media and writing for the web.
  • Experience with basic graphic design (Canva).
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish at a native-speaker level.

*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