Internships at the Poetry Center

Interns make a significant contribution to Poetry Center literary programs, education initiatives, and library projects while supporting their own professional development. We provide opportunities in the areas of arts administration, arts education, arts marketing, library science. We hope to attract individuals who are motivated, thoughtful, creative, and detail-oriented. Interns at the Poetry Center should have an interest in contemporary poetry, arts administration, and/or special collections library work.

Read testimonials about and creative work by several of our interns here.

General Information

Graduate students in the English Department are eligible to apply. At least a one semester commitment is required with a preference given to those applicants who are interested in working a whole year.

Students may not carry a .5 teaching load concurrent with a Poetry Center internship.

The Poetry Center is pleased to announce the following 3-credit internship opportunities for MFA students (in any genre) during the 2012-2013 school year.

2012-2013 Internship Positions Now Available

Application Deadline: June 1

Poetry Out Loud Internship

Poetry Out Loud interns are needed to travel to Tucson area schools and coach high school students on poetry performance in preparation for the National Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. To learn more about the program, visit: poetryoutloud.org

 We’re looking for individuals who have strong public speaking skills, some teaching experience, a general knowledge of poetry, and have access to their own transportation. Some training is required to coach in the schools, which involves memorizing and performing one poem from the Poetry Out Loud anthology (see website). Interns who can attend a two day teacher training workshop on July 11th and 12th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are preferred; however, interested parties can complete a training program at the beginning of the semester.

Interns are sought for both the Fall and Spring semesters with preference on those who can devote two semesters to the program. (The year-long option would have a 4 ½ hour per week commitment for a total of 3 credit hours at the end of the year; the semester option would have a 9 hour per week commitment for a total of 3 credit hours at the end of the semester.) Other duties may include: writing blog posts about coaching experiences, assisting in the training of judges, assisting in managing and preparing for the Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals competition, assisting teachers to manage and prepare for school competitions.

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter specifying your availability (either Spring/Fall semester or year) and if you are able to attend the summer training.  Send materials to Renee Angle at angler@email.arizona.edu. Renee is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the program.

Family Days Internship

Family Days interns are needed to support the Poetry Center’s growing family programming. Family Days is a once-a-month program for youth ages K-12 and their families. The day features creative writing workshops, drop-in activities, special performances, story times and more. Family Days interns will work with Center staff to plan and implement creative writing based activities during Family Days and provide on-site, day-of support. The dates for the Fall 2012 season are as follows: September 22, October 13, November 17, December 1.

We’re looking for individuals who have strong public speaking skills, some teaching experience, and general knowledge of poetry and creative writing. Some training is required to teach and write lesson plans (depending on prior teaching experience).

Interns are sought for both the Fall and Spring semesters with preference on those who can devote two semesters to the program. (The year-long option would have a 4 ½ hour per week commitment for a total of 3 credit hours at the end of the year; the semester option would have a 9 hour per week commitment for a total of 3 credit hours at the end of the semester.) Other duties may include: writing blog posts about Family Days, creating lesson plans, working with children to create poems and stories and other objects, assisting in managing and preparing for Family Days events.

Interested individuals should submit a resume and cover letter specifying your availability (either Spring/Fall semester or year).  Send materials to Renee Angle at angler@email.arizona.edu. Renee is also happy to answer any questions you may have about the program.

Application Guidelines:

Letter of Interest. Please share with us how working with Poetry Center could advance your professional, academic, or artistic goals. In particular, describe the skills you offer, and those you wish to gain during your internship.
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