Apply Now: Summer Write-a-thon Program Intern

Clarion West is seeking a program intern for the annual Write-a-thon (WAT) and Flash Fiction Groups this summer. The Write-a-thon is our largest annual fundraiser and community event and runs concurrently with our six-week writing workshop. The Write-a-thon provides opportunities for writers to set and reach writing goals in community, either independently or as part of our flash fiction groups. We host weekly online writing classes via Zoom, writing meetups in Discord and in-person, and help participants form writing/critique groups.

Write-a-thon participants are also invited to join local social events with the six-week workshop students, instructors, and local writing community. The online format allows us to work with writers all over the world and provide often solitary writers an opportunity for community, accountability, and social and professional engagement.

One of the most popular components of the WAT is our Flash Fiction Groups, in which writers are matched in small groups to write and critique short stories over the course of the Write-a-thon. Many of the groups formed during the WAT continue to meet today!

Position Description: This position is a key support role for the WAT program staff and will provide hands-on experience in a variety of areas, including events production, marketing, communication, and program administration. Learn to develop programs, manage volunteers, and the daily operations of a nonprofit writing organization. 

Reports to: Program Director

Primary goals of the Write-a-thon:

  • Support writers in meeting their writing goals during the six-week program, in whatever stage of their project
  • Build organizational awareness through group writing and critique opportunities
  • Offer access to community and resources for writers at any stage of their careers
  • Raise money to support year-long writing programs online and in person
  • Promote our ongoing writing programs

Clarion West is seeking one program intern for summer support from early June to early August 2024 (ideally June 1-August 2 but exact dates are flexible). The program intern will work on a wide variety of tasks and projects including:

  • Assist the program director in running Flash Fiction Groups including initial surveys, weekly communication, and being a point of contact during the program 
  • Respond to participant requests for information and assistance via email and Discord
  • Staff online classes and writing sessions 1-2 times a week

Platforms you will get experience in:

  • NeonCRM
  • Canva
  • Google Drive/Apps
  • YouTube
  • Zoom
  • Discord


  • A commitment from June to August 2024, 10-15  hours per week, on a regular schedule (likely 5 days a week, 2 hours per day). Intern credit is available with collaboration with university faculty.
  • Collaborate with staff and other volunteers.
  • Communicate with staff. Your ideas, observations, and feedback are welcome!
  • Note: This is primarily a remote internship position, though there will be several opportunities to interact in-person with staff and participants throughout the summer.

Qualifications & Experience: 

  • A demonstrated interest in writing and online education in a non-academic setting. Interest in science fiction, fantasy, or horror writing is a bonus! 
  • A positive attitude and ability to be flexible & courteous with participants from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills, ability to initiate communication around issues quickly and effectively.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers is a plus. 


  • Pay is $19/hour with a projected 10 hours/week for 8-10 weeks (up to 100 hours over the course of the summer). Credit hours are available for college students.

Application instructions: Please email a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and a resume along with your summer dates of availability as one PDF, with the subject line: “WAT 2024 Program Intern Application,” to rashida@clarionwest.org by April 15, 2024.  

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