National Novel Writing Month is searching for a volunteer intern! This position is best suited to a student or recent graduate with a writing background, though anyone with strong communication skills is encouraged to apply. Interns receive training from our staff, and learn skills related to:
- Public relations and media outreach
- Providing feedback and support on program projects and initiatives
- Content creation
- Conducting interviews with authors
- Working with contributors for blog series
- Hosting YouTube live-streams
- QA testing and program analysis
Interns often work with staff to take on special projects of their own to run and grow during their tenure. General administrative tasks may be asked of all interns. In addition to learning about the nonprofit sector, our interns acquire skills they can apply to careers in technology, the literary arts, press/communications, and program management.
The ideal candidate is creative, thoughtful, deadline-oriented, well organized, and people-savvy. Great communication skills, a unique and adaptable writing voice, and a familiarity with HTML, Photoshop, and InDesign are pluses.
Background and Details
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that believes stories matter. Every year, NaNoWriMo encourages 300,000+ people on five continents to share their unvoiced stories by writing 50,000 words of a novel in the thirty days of November.
Compensation: This is an unpaid, volunteer internship, with a small $400 stipend. We will also work with student interns to receive class credit.
NaNoWriMo is committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds, and we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We have increased the amount we are able to offer volunteer interns as a stipend this year, and are working toward offering fully paid internships. Our community-at-large includes women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and people with disabilities, and we highly encourage people from those communities to apply.
Location and Hours
Interns must be able to come into our office in Berkeley, CA on a weekly basis, and commit at least 8 hours per week somewhere during the hours of 9 AM – 4 PM. Start date is flexible, but the ideal candidate would begin in May or early June. This internship cycle ends on August 17.
How to Apply
To apply, send a resume and a cover letter about why you think you’d be a good match for the internship to firstname.lastname@example.org. Along with your cover letter, optionally include a list of the three best books you’ve read recently, with a six-word review of each.
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