*Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.*
Spells Writing Lab seeks enthusiastic, creative, and dedicated summer interns who will collaborate with our staff, volunteers, and fellow interns to plan and execute our free writing day camp in Philadelphia. Attracting a diverse group of students from around the city, our summer program features a different theme and major storytelling project each week, providing both enrichment and excitement as we work to stem the summer achievement gap for Philly’s kids and plant the seeds for a lifelong love of learning.
Summer program interns will work both collaboratively and individually to design and present writing activities during camp, with an emphasis on experiential learning. Interns will also work one-on-one with our young authors, guiding them through the writing process and helping them realize their full creative potential. In addition, program interns will have responsibility for supervising students during camp activities and field trips, mentoring high-school interns and other junior volunteers, and assisting with the publication of student work. Additional projects based on the intern’s personal skills and interests can also be developed.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for creative writing and storytelling, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively. Interested candidates should be prepared to follow Spells Writing Lab’s affirmative approach to working with students of all ages and backgrounds, which focuses on designing high-interest, irreverent lessons; using positive reinforcement; redirecting minor behavior issues with patience and supportive engagement; and maintaining a good sense of humor. Experience with kids in a professional or casual setting and/or editing, proofreading, or design skills is preferred. Interest in other forms of artistic expression (photography, film, music, etc.) is also a plus.
Students may receive course credit for the internship. Students seeking this option should inquire with their academic advisor. Employers will work with the student and college advisor on achieving desired learning outcomes and completing all necessary paperwork.
This is a part-time, unpaid internship that generally averages about 15-25 hours per week (hours may differ between in-person and virtual sessions). However, we understand that many interns may need to seek out additional, paid employment to support themselves during the summer, so we are flexible in our time commitment and scheduling to accommodate those needs.
NOTE: While some details of our summer programming are in flux because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently planning to host a combination of traditional, in-person summer writing camp weeks and creative, distance-learning programming. All in-person events will follow best practices as well as local and state government guidance regarding summer camp and summer internships.
As an educational non-profit organization serving the community through volunteerism, we confirm that our unpaid internship meets the requirements set forth by the US Department of Labor.