Writers in Schools Internship Summer 2019

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 Summer Youth Writers Camp June 24–July 3.
  • Researching contemporary authors and books to add to our roster.
  • Writing and editing book synopses and author bios for outreach purposes.
  • Researching multi-media 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, 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.
  • Written and oral fluency in Spanish at a native-speaker level.

Writers in Schools Candidate Requirements:

  • Hours: 20–24 hours/week. Candidates must be able to work shifts of at least 4 hours.
  • Start date: Mandatory orientation on Monday, May 20.
  • End date: Week of August 5–9.
  • Time off: To better help us meet our programming needs, summer interns will be granted the following vacation days: Monday, May 27; Thursday, July 4, and the week of Monday, July 8–Friday, July 12. Interns will not be permitted to take personal time off outside of these dates.


To apply:

Send an e-mail (noting the position you are applying for in the subject line) with a current resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

The application deadline is April 15, 2019. Summer internships are exceptionally competitive positions. All interviews and hirings are done on a rolling basis, and positions may fill prior to this date.


Our office is located in the WeWork Wonder Bread building, 1 block from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station. However, Writers in Schools interns are expected to travel to programming at locations around Washington, DC, which may include travel by Metro train, Metro bus, walking, or rideshare. We cover travel expenses for interns going to/from programming. 


This is an unpaid internship. Academic credit can be provided. Upon successful completion of the internship, PEN/Faulkner will provide a travel stipend for interns.


No phone calls, please.

Contact Information

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