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Cave Canem internships provide students and life-long learners with opportunities to gain knowledge of the ins-and-outs of arts administration and to become better acquainted with the thriving literary scene of New York City and beyond. Interns assist with marketing, programs, research and administrative projects. Candidates should be enthusiastic about poetry, be able to work independently, be computer literate and have undergraduate or graduate experience in English, African American Studies, creative writing, journalism, communications or business administration. Unless otherwise stated, interns are expected to work a minimum of twelve-fifteen hours per week for a period of at least 2.5 months. Academic credit is available.

Interested candidates should e-mail a resume and a cover letter to Executive Director Nicole Sealey at nsealey[at]ccpoets[dot]org. In the subject line of your e-mail, please indicate which internship you wish to be considered for.

Note: With the exception of the retreat internship, all internships take place in our Brooklyn office. Cave Canem cannot engage individuals who do not live in the New York City area.

Fall 2016 Interns

berry-meghan-fall-2016Meghan Berry is a poet and screenwriter from Farmington Hills, Michigan. She currently is a senior at Sarah Lawrence College in the midst of applying to graduate school for poetry. While hoping to attend Brown University in 2017, she also is deliberating about joining the Peace Corps. This fall, she is honored to intern with Cave Canem. Her primary project is classifying, maintaining and documenting archival material, both hard copy and recorded.  She is thrilled to contribute to an organization that has changed, and continues to change, the poetry world in such a magnificent and beautiful way. When Meghan is not busy sleeping, she enjoys listening to jazz, painting postcards, and hunting for the perfect peach cobbler.

Nicholas Nichols, Brooklyn, NY

Nicholas Nichols is black and joyful. A poet and photographer from the East New York section of Brooklyn, NY, he is a Watering Hole, Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow. In his internship this fall, he is working with the Programs and Marketing departments. He’s excited to learn what it takes to develop enriching events for his community and to help advance Cave Canem’s social media presence. Nicholas is also a firm believer that mango anything is the answer. 

Applications are currently sought for the following internship positions:

2017 Retreat Intern

Scope of Work: This intensive 9-day internship, June 9-17, 2017, held in Greensburg and Pittsburgh, PA, provides an opportunity to engage with the many responsibilities of delivering Cave Canem’s flagship program, an MFA-quality writing residency serving 36 adult African American poets, four faculty members, a visiting poet, guests, organizational partners and audience members. The position provides a $600 stipend and covers travel and room-and-board. Reporting to the Retreat Coordinator, the Intern will work every day/evening, be on 24-hour call, and submit a brief narrative report on her/his experience by July 10, 2017. It is expected that the Intern will gain many of the core skills needed to deliver a major public program of an established non-profit arts organization.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will be a self-assured, mature college senior or graduate, at least 21 years of age, with a passion for poetry. S/he will be a positive ambassador for Cave Canem and a good communicator, both verbally and in writing. A flexible, honest, reliable, highly organized team player, s/he will possess an exceptional work ethic and have a sense of humor. S/he must work knowledgeably in Microsoft Office Excel, Word and Outlook, and have a head for math. A valid driver’s license, working knowledge of HTML and AV and social networking skills are a plus.

Key Responsibilities: Diverse administrative and technical duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • On a rotational basis, staff the retreat office, a communications and service center for fellows, faculty, staff and university conference employees.
  • Participate in daily staff meetings; submit timely reports.
  • Facilitate participant registration and departure.
  • Communications: Maintain data; correspond; receive and make telephone calls; print and distribute photocopies; update and disseminate program information.
  • Schedule travel; trouble shoot; liaise with fellows, vendors and faculty members.
  • Attend a participant-wide orientation on Cave Canem’s code of conduct and protocols.
  • Transport, unpack and pack, inventory and monitor supplies.
  • Shop; run errands; chauffeur faculty and guests.*
  • Conduct facility inspection; set up and break down faculty and guest suites, classrooms and meeting rooms; clean up common spaces and suites as needed; launder linens.
  • Conduct or assist with AV recording, photography and other technical tasks as assigned; emcee and make public announcements as needed.
  • Help coordinate and staff a day and evening of programming at City of Asylum/ Pittsburgh.

Individuals who live in New York City are invited to extend their experience by applying for an Administrative Internship, May – June 7, conducted at Cave Canem’s Brooklyn headquarters. This is a four-week, 15 hour/week internship, with duties related to retreat preparation. Core responsibilities include data entry, copying and scanning, typesetting, communications, and other duties as assigned.

*Chauffeuring faculty is contingent on having a valid driver’s license.

Programs Intern

Reporting to the Programs Director, this 15-hour-week unpaid position introduces the Intern to a range of core arts administration skills, including hands-on program delivery, marketing & communications, data management & reporting. Some evening hours are required.

The successful candidate is a mature college senior or graduate student with a strong work ethic, ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment, passion for & knowledge of contemporary poetry, superior writing & verbal skills, & facility with Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge of desktop publishing, video editing, HTML & social media is a plus.

  • Assist with the promotion, administration, delivery and evaluation of programs.
  • Work strategically and collaboratively with Development and Marketing staff to expand Cave Canem’s audience.
  • Serve as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable ambassador for Cave Canem at public functions, on the telephone and in correspondence.
  • Engage Cave Canem’s fellowship of poets; field requests and proposals vis-a-vis Cave Canem’s organizational goals.
  • Develop event ideas and see them through to their execution

Communications & Marketing Intern

Intern maintains electronic archives of photos and A-V recordings as well as hard copy materials; shoots, edits and posts recordings and photos on YouTube, website & social media; assists with website content development; designs fliers and other collateral material. The intern works closely with and reports to the Development/Marketing Associate.

The successful candidate is a mature, organized, creative team player familiar with or eager to learn In-Design, Dreamweaver or comparable design platforms; has a passion for contemporary American poetry; and possesses excellent writing and listening skills. Must be able to self-direct and think conceptually while attending to details of a project. Flexibility and a sense of humor are pluses in a fast-paced work environment.

  • Social media marketing
  • E-mail campaigns
  • Writing press releases/event descriptions/newsletter

Development Intern

To sustain its programs and services for writers, Cave Canem relies on foundation and government grants, corporate sponsorships, and private donations. This internship is an opportunity to learn the basics of nonprofit fundraising and marketing. The intern will work closely with and report to the Executive Director.

The Development Intern possesses excellent organizational and communication skills, is web-savvy, and has a strong interest in literature and/or nonprofit management. Candidates must be able to commit to 15 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks. Days and hours are flexible.

Key responsibilities include administrative duties and assisting with direct mail campaigns, cultivation and stewardship events, and preparation of grant proposals.