Summer Interns Wanted

Fundraising Intern

Clarion West is seeking a fundraising intern for the summer annual Write-a-thon (WAT). The WAT is our largest annual fundraiser and runs concurrently with our flagship six-week writing workshop. The WAT provides opportunities for writers to set and reach writing goals and ask for support from friends, family members, and the community through donations. Participants are also invited to join local social events with the six-week workshop students, instructors, and the local writing community. The online format allows us to work with writers worldwide and often provides solitary writers an opportunity for community, accountability, and social and professional engagement.

Position Description:  This position is a key support role for the WAT program and fundraising staff and will provide hands-on experience with planning fundraising schedules, database management, peer-to-peer fundraising 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 and Executive Director

Primary goals of the Write-a-thon Fundraiser:

  • 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 (exact dates are flexible). The fundraising intern will work on a wide variety of tasks and projects, including:

  • Assist peer-to-peer fundraising efforts to support year-long writing programs online and in-person
  • Monitor and provide feedback for peer-to-peer participants towards their fundraising goals and rewards
  • Assist the executive director in communications and outreach to donors
  • Update the database and track donation amounts and survey participants
  • Marketing and communications brainstorming, planning/scheduling, and copywriting
  • Responding to participant requests for information and assistance via email and Discord
  • Monitor event Discord community and communications and help engage the community in discussions, writing, and other activities

Platforms you will get experience in:

  • NeonCRM
  • Canva
  • Google Drive/Apps
  • Discord

Requirements:

  • A commitment from June to August 2024, 10-15 hours per week, on a regular schedule (likely 5 days a week, approximately 2 hours per day). Intern credit is available in collaboration with university faculty.
  • Collaboration with staff and volunteers.
  • Communicate with staff. We are excited to hear your ideas, observations, and feedback!
  • 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 fundraising with nonprofits. Interest in science fiction, fantasy, or horror genres a bonus! 
  • A positive attitude and ability to be flexible & courteous with participants from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills, and ability to initiate communication around issues quickly and effectively.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers is a plus. 

Compensation: 

  • 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 Fundraising Intern Application,” to info@clarionwest.org by April 15, 2024


Community Program Intern

Clarion West is seeking a program intern for the annual Write-a-thon this summer. This dual-purpose fundraiser and community event runs concurrently with our six-week writing workshop. It provides opportunities for writers to set and reach writing goals, 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. The online format allows us to work with writers worldwide and often provides solitary writers an opportunity for community, accountability, and social and professional engagement. Participants are also invited to join local in-person social events with the Six-Week Workshop students, instructors, and local writing community. 

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.

Primary goals of the Write-a-thon:

  • Support writers in meeting their writing goals during the six-week program, at 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
  • Responding to participant requests for information and assistance via email and Discord
  • Staff online classes and writing sessions 1-2 times a week

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

Reports to: Program Director

Platforms you will get experience in:

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

Requirements:

  • A commitment from June – August 2024, 10-15  hours per week, on a regular schedule (likely 5 days a week, 2 hours per day). Intern credit is available in collaboration with university faculty.
  • Ability to collaborate with staff and volunteers.
  • Communication 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 and ability to initiate communication around issues quickly and effectively.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers is a plus.

Compensation: 

  • 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 submit 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,” by email to rashida@clarionwest.org by April 15, 2024.