Reports to: WITS Program Director & WITS Program Associate
Position Description: Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a literary arts education program that places professional local writers in 27 public schools and in four schools districts, as well as Seattle Children’s Hospital. The mission of WITS is to inspire student and teacher excellence in literacy and the literary arts, and to establish the foundation for a life-long commitment to reading, writing, and creative expression.
Writers in the Schools (WITS) has three primary goals:
• Inspire students to engage in the writing process, build skills and improve the quality of their writing, and increase their self-confidence
• Invigorate the teaching of writing by providing teachers with innovative lessons and literature, fresh techniques, and the time and encouragement to join their students in writing
• Support and sustain a positive culture of reading and writing at each school
We are looking for an intern to be part of the team implementing this arts education program in public schools throughout the Puget Sound Region. WITS will hire two interns for the fall 2016 school year to work on a wide variety of tasks and projects, for example:
• Planning for WITS events including WITS fundraising breakfast, WITS anthology launch and SAL lectures
• Data entry and program evaluation analysis
• Reading through and/or typing student work
• Telling the story of WITS—program documentation, compiling student work and creating content for the SAL blog and donors
• Depending on experience: assistance in WITS classroom
• A commitment from September to December of 2017, 8-10 hours per week, on a regular schedule. (Exact start and end date negotiable).
• Collaborate with staff and other volunteers.
• Communicate with staff openly. Your ideas, comments and feedback are welcome.
• To cancel or reschedule your shift, please email or call your supervisor in advance.
• Must possess a positive attitude; be flexible, friendly & courteous with students, SAL guests and peers.
• Must be a team-player but able to work independently on projects.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Bring a social justice & equity lens to all work with students and programming.
• Sense of humor
Related Experience: Prior volunteer experience and/or education experience a plus. Demonstrated interest in creative writing and amplifying youth voice.
• Internship credit is available in collaboration with college faculty.
• Free attendance to all SAL events
Required Training: One-hour orientation.
Application Deadline: September 1st, 2017
• A cover letter & resume (saved as one pdf)
• Optional: a 1-page creative or work-related writing sample