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Intern at Cave Canem

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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 fifteen hours per week for a period of at least sixteen weeks. 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: All internships take place in our Brooklyn office. Cave Canem cannot engage individuals who do not live in the New York City area.

Programs Intern

Reporting to the Programs & Communications Coordinator, 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 Programs & Communications Coordinator.

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.