House of SpeakEasy, a literary noprofit based in New York City, is seeking motivated interns to contribute to our fast-paced operation. Candidates will develop first-hand knowledge and real-world skills necessary for working in an exciting, entrepreneurial environment. This internship is offered as a remote opportunity currently and is unpaid.
If selected, the candidate will engage with a variety of world-class authors, including novelists, journalists, historians, biographers, memoirists, poets, and other writers in the field. They will help support coordination of live and online opportunities for writers and readers, including literary cabarets, in-school student matinees, bookmobile outings, and podcast series. The right candidate will work closely with small programming, marketing, and development teams, participating in regular staff meetings and one-on-one sessions to review the status of projects, answer questions, and offer feedback.
This is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates, MFA students, and individuals seeking experience in the publishing industry, for those looking to build their own network, and anyone interested in learning about nonprofit literary arts programming and fundraising.
We are excited to hear from candidates who are:
· Enthusiastic and engaged, highly organized, detail-oriented, and deadline-driven
· Passionate about books, reading, literacy, and the publishing industry
· Naturally curious with a strong work ethic
· Possessing an authentic desire to help elevate writers and promote literature
· Resourceful and creative, able to demonstrate initiative and work independently
· Able to switch gears quickly, prioritizing tasks with multiple ongoing projects while working with colleagues to meet deadlines
· Genuine in their appetite for learning about nonprofit literary arts programming
· Interested in developing new skills and willing to extend themselves
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
· Providing clerical support to staff
· Assisting in the lead-up to our monthly literary cabarets at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater
· Live event production, including staffing at pre- and post-show literary events (some late nights required)
· Helping to facilitate the coordination and implementation of our outreach programs, including our SpeakTogether student program and our Bookmobile initiative
· Developing social media assets for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and e-marketing
· Assisting with seasonal podcast production, research, design, production, and marketing
· Providing support for communications materials, including event promotion, appeals, acknowledgement letters, invoicing, and event invitations
· Liaising with booksellers and independent bookstores
· Maintaining schedules and organizing documents and databases
· Tracking analytics and generating reports for other metrics
· Researching new funding opportunities, current and potential donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors
· Updating spreadsheets to track revenue and performing routine database clean-up to ensure donor records are current
Opportunities & benefits:
· Real-world office setting exposure and direct day-to-day interaction with staff
· Hands on experience with chance to own projects and help play a role in creating new systems, refinining existing processes
· Monthly travel stipend for MTA commuting, for interns who commute to offices
· Invitations to attend special events, screening
· Free galleys and finished copies of books
· Access to engage with some of the greatest writers and artists working today
· Opportunities to work in close proximity to seasoned publishing professionals, with weekly opportunities for career guidance and planning
· Traditional “exit interview” during last week of internship, if desired
· Professional recommendation letter for future employment at the successful conclusion of the internship
· Continued access to supervisor(s) after the completion of internship for those looking for introductions or references
This is a part-time, unpaid internship. Candidates must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week and be able to commit for a minimum of 3-4 months. Those who can do additional hours per week and/or commit to a longer period of time will be given priority.
Application reviewed on a rolling basis; do not hold materials until the stated deadline.
This opportunity has been pre-vetted as a Summer Experience Award (SEA) eligible engagements in the Yale Arts Apprenticeship category. The position is unpaid, but has potential Yale funded support for undergraduates, first-year through junior summer, that are on financial aid at Yale and have not yet used their SEA (formerly DSA) stipend.
Please confirm on the cover letter your eligibility for the SEA award, or detail your alternate funding source (Yale fellowship, external funding, etc.)