2016-2017 School-year Internships



We are seeking bright and innovative candidates for our 2016-2017 school-year internship program. These internships are great opportunities for individuals interested in getting a survey of all areas of nonprofit work in the arts, education, and youth development fields. Telling Room interns enjoy the opportunity to learn about nonprofit management, education, literacy, youth development, and more. They are an integral part of the organization, helping out with our many events and programs. In addition, each intern is assigned one focus area like programs, publishing, or events to deepen their learning and opportunities for valuable professional experience. 

Interns must be able to work out of The Telling Room’s Writing Center located in Portland, Maine. All internships begin on October 1, 2016 and end on May 27, 2017. All interns must attend a mandatory orientation in September.


Available Internships:

Multimedia – This intern will work closely with our multimedia director to document a variety of programs at our writing center and in local schools through photo and video.

Publications – Publications interns work with our publications director on a variety of editing and publishing projects related to our annual Anthology Project, marketing and book distribution and sales, curriculum guides for our books, and more.

Events – This internship is an opportunity for someone interested in a career in event coordination and production. The Telling Room hosts wildly popular, sold out events all over Portland, including our standing-room only Slant storytelling series at SPACE Gallery, Glitterati, our annual sparkling literary ball, readings and author talks with writers like Alysia Abbott, Tom Perotta, Linda Greenlaw, and more, and Big Night, a literary carnival and performance each May to celebrate the release of our latest anthology. This internship gives behind the scenes insight into the event production process and provides professional development in event promotion, coordination, and logistics.

Development/Communications – The development intern will help The Telling Room’s grant writer and executive director develop our grant tracking systems, organize proposal materials, and research new potential funders. In addition, this intern will learn the nuts and bolts of grant writing, individual donor stewardship, fundraising events, and more. It’s a great opportunity for someone interested in pursuing a career in fundraising.

Writers Block/Teaching – Our Writers Block intern will have a unique opportunity to assist in teaching of our drop-in, afterschool literary arts program. This internship provides skill development in teaching, youth development, curriculum design, program coordination, and more. Other teaching opportunities, including Field Trips will be available to this intern as well.


Candidates Must:

Attend a mandatory intern orientation program in September at The Telling Room.

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Have an interest in education and a passion for The Telling Room’s mission
  • Be detail oriented and highly motivated to work with minimal supervision
  • Be able to commit to 8-10 hours per week from September 2016 to May 2017
  • Have experience teaching and working with young people in an educational environment and other relevant experience as indicated in the internship descriptions


  • Opportunities to participate in Telling Room events and trainings
  • A 15% discount on all TR books and merchandise
  • A fun, warm work environment where people love what they do
  • The opportunity to make a positive impact on a dynamic young nonprofit and the incredible young people who participate in our programs

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to by September 15th, 2016. Your cover letter should indicate your top three choices from the list of available internships above and highlight the relevant experience that qualifies you for your top choices. Application documents must be submitted as a single PDF or Word document. Please do not paste your application materials into the body of the email, and please do not send hard copies through the mail.

Questions may be submitted to, but no phone calls or in-person visits to our writing center will be accepted.


Stay tuned for information about summer 2017 internships!