GrubStreet is the nation’s leading creative writing center. We believe that narrative transforms lives, builds bridges, and produces empathy. By rigorously developing voices of every type and talent and by removing barriers to entry, GrubStreet fosters the creation of meaningful stories and ensures that excellent writing remains vital and relevant.
Our annual three-day literary conference gives aspiring writers a better understanding of the craft of fiction and non-fiction, prepares them for the changing world of publishing and promotion, and creates opportunities for meaningful networking. The conference takes place in the spring, but there’s a lot of work to be done to support the planning throughout the year. In the fall term, we’ll hire an intern for programmatic support who will stay through the spring term to assist with the conference. Each intern will be exposed to a wide array of tasks, including but not limited to data-gathering, outreach and liaising with potential sponsors, and assisting with web content and upkeep. Read more about the conference here.
Like a Renaissance man (or woman, or person), interns will dabble in (and excel at) a variety of tasks at GrubStreet. Duties include:
- Office administration, such as filing, assisting with mailings, keeping the space organized, doing research on a variety of topics, running to the post office, and whatever else strikes our fancy (like posing for pictures with a giant promotional teddy bear or picking up donuts for the whole office – including interns!).
- Customer service: answering phones and emails, making small cash transactions, answering questions about who we are and what we do, and more.
- Internet research.
- Grunt work, such as assembling furniture, restocking supplies, helping us tidy up the office, setting up for events and classes.
Necessary skills for all interns: ENTHUSIASM, willingness to work on a variety of projects, ability to work independently and with minimal direction, superb attention to detail, stellar organizational skills, ability to learn new tasks quickly, pride in a job well done, and the ability to do all these with cheer and a sense of humor. Please note that interns do not have a role in instructing courses – but they do get to take a free class!
Internships generally run each semester, and interns typically work for a minimum of 15 hours per week during office hours (Monday — Friday, 9:30am-6:30pm). Start and end dates are flexible, but we give preference to candidates who are able to stay for the longest amount of time. Schedules are casual, as are dress code and office atmosphere. We have a lot of fun at work and get a lot done; we expect the same from you. In exchange for your hard work, you’ll get an insider’s look at the Boston creative writing scene, free GrubStreet classes, and some valuable new skills. We’ve also been known to write some killer recommendations for those who are worthy. This is a great opportunity for students, recent grads, and anyone interested in nonprofit work and the arts.