Jobs & Internships

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Below are opportunities offered by organizations that have contacted the English Department directly.  Please also consult the Career Development office and our bulletin board near the northern stairwell of the fourth floor of Barnard Hall.

Note that though the posting may be outdated, some of the internships listed are on a recurring basis.

Positions Relevant to English Majors

Summer Employment Opportunity Teaching Critical and Creative Writing

CTY offers academically rigorous programs for highly talented elementary, middle, and high school students. We are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to work in our summer programs. At both day and residential sites, instructors design curriculum and teach a three week course. At residential sites, teaching assistants support classroom instruction. At day sites, program assistants support classroom instruction and facilitate the activities program.

Why teach for CTY?

  • ž Small class size (12-15 students)
  • ž Colleagues with similar interests
  • ž Competitive salary, plus room and board at residential sites

Desired Qualifications

  • ž Instructor candidates: advanced graduate coursework in the discipline and significant independent teaching experience related to our courses.
  • ž Teaching assistant candidates: advanced college coursework in the discipline and experience working with young people, as a tutoring, or as a TA.
  • ž Program assistant candidates: experience working with children and a demonstrated interest in the subject.
  • ž For all positions, experience working with young academically talented learners is preferred.


  • ž Residential sites for grades 5-12 are located in California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington and Hong Kong.
  • ž Day sites for grades 2-6 are located in the Baltimore, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, and Washington DC areas and Hong Kong.

Core Program Dates: Session 1: June 25–July 18; Session 2: July 18–August 8

Salaries: Instructors earn $2400-$3000 per session based upon education and experience; teaching assistants and program assistants earn $1200 per session. Residential and Hong Kong locations provide room and board.

More information

Young Adult and Middle Grade Author Seeks Paid Student Assistant

Looking for an organized, enthusiastic, reliable book lover to assist author Sarah Mlynowski with social media (Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest), website management, proofreading, copy writing, along with various personal and organizational tasks. Applicants should also be prepared to help with author’s two young daughters when necessary.  Assistant can expect to learn about the life of a full–time writer, as well as about the publishing industry in general. Hours and days of the week are flexible. At least 10 hours a week.  Author is based in Tribeca.  Please email with resume.

Scobre Educational

Below is the outline for a unique opportunity for your students.

As a brief introduction, Scobre Educational ( is a publishing company producing high-interest, low-level books for the K-12 market.  We are expanding our publishing program dramatically in 2015 & beyond, reaching out to offer young and talented writers the opportunity to be published and paid.  

1.)      Interested students/faculty can submit a writing sample, fiction or nonfiction to be considered for potential Scobre projects:

a.       Email writing samples to by 2/1/15.

b.      No more than 3 pages

c.       Writing samples do not have to be in line with Scobre publications, but should clearly display writing competency.  

d.      Include contact information on the sample

e.      See examples on website.


2.)      By March 1

a.       We will approve certain writing samples, and reach out to potential authors to discuss upcoming green lit projects and where their style might be a fit.

b.      We may then ask that an author create a “Concept Package” for review (an outline, a series/title description, and a page or two of a book)

c.       We plan to hire up to 20 authors in 2015 – and will work with 5-10 universities. 

This is a ready-made opportunity. These projects have been funded, and the books will be published. We are now looking for an infusion of fresh talent. 

Bi Writers Association Internship

The Bi Writers Association is looking for interns to work on its projects such as the Bisexual Book Awards, two literary anthologies, and literary event organizing. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in all organizing activities and learn all the steps involved, up to the highest level. Interns will learn documents, systems, timelines, outreach, communication skills, contact building, problem solving, publicity, press releases, event planning, website updating (no coding required) and funding. 
Seeking interns who are resourceful, can complete tasks in a timely manner and are interested in learning how to run a book awards, plan & publicize literary events and publish books. Interns will be given opportunities and mentoring, not just tasks. Our office is located in Washington Heights which should be convenient for your Barnard students.
Contact Sheela Lambert at
posted 10/9/2014

Research Assistant in Children't Publishing

Freelance editor and writer (and BC alum!) seeks motivated and enthusiastic Barnard student to act as a research assistant on contracted children's nonfiction book.
  • A book- and interesting fact- lover, interested in children's publishing and education, enjoy the company and interests of children, bursting with ideas.
  • Have some sense of what is interesting and funny to a 7-year-old.
  • Detail-oriented, extremely well organized, good at systems.
  • Take direction well but are also an independent self-starter.
  • An excellent writer + researcher + a pro at spotting typos.
  • Have access to New York public libraries and the Internet (!).
  • All of the above that I ask of you, except terrible at spotting typos and have mediocre grammar skills.
  • A 15+ year veteran of children's publishing who has worked for Scholastic, Penguin+ others.
  • An excellent publishing and communications mentor.
  • Barnard College class of 1997 graduate...and a former unpaid intern!
  • work 5-10 hours a week as research assistant on an illustrated book for 7-year-olds on the 50 STATES, 
  • which will be published in hardcover by Wide Eyed Editions in Fall 2015 ( ).
  • research includes:
    • finding interesting, unusual, and unexpected state facts (ie: Louisiana is home to the world's largest bridge and Bonnie & Clyde's last stand)
    • finding essential state facts (ie: New York is home to the first women's rights convention)
  • you MUST use good sources (Encyclopedia Britannia NOT wikipedia) + keep track of your sources (!)
  • you can work from anywhere (we will spend the first few work sessions set up on laptops somewhere)
  • you can work at whatever times are best, but must stick to a schedule that we set together
  • provided all goes well, your name will appear in the book's acknowledgments
  • two copies of the published book
  • a good look at the children's publishing industry, with solid experience in the development, production, writing, and editing process
  • as many Q&A sessions with me as you like
  • a chance to work with an innovate publisher (Wide Eyed Editions) and hopefully have a lot of fun
  • possible school credit – we can work on this together
  • As your interest, time, and ability allow, there are more books to be worked on, captions to be written, fact checking to spot
  • Submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, and some additional document via email to contact below.
    • Your cover letter should give me a sense of they type of person you are and what you enjoy. 
    • Submit one additional document that also gives me a sense of who you are and how you think. This other document can be anything you are proud of or find interesting.
Gabrielle Balkan -
posted 10/7/2014


Fall Internship with Prestigious Literary Agency

Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. invites Columbia and Barnard students to apply for a part-time for-credit spring internship in our New York office. Agency interns gain an intensive introduction to all aspects of book publishing and author representation.

SLL is one of the world’s leading literary agencies, combining a long tradition of literary excellence with a diverse and successful client list. The Agency represents a wide range of authors, including National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, New York Times bestsellers, New Yorker writers, literary and commercial novelists, politicians, journalists, scientists, and favorites in children's literature. The winning combination of established authors and newly emerging voices attests to the past achievement and future promise of the Agency.

Our current client list includes: Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, John Irving, Dee Brown, David Mitchell, Carolyn Parkhurst, Jane O’Connor, Sheila Heti, Jenny Lawson, James McBride, Rachel Maddow, John & Meghan McCain, and many others. Further information can be found on our website,

Our internships are part-time, about 15-30 hours per week, beginning in immediately through mid-December 2014. In addition to a professional interest in literary publishing, candidates should have an attention to detail and be willing to work hard on both the glamorous and not-so glamorous pieces that make up any successful business. They’ll become an integral part of a casual but serious office environment, and will have the opportunity to participate in monthly lunches with some of the most powerful agents in the industry. Our offices are in the landmark Louis Sullivan Building on Bleecker Street.

Please email a one-page cover letter and résumé to Jenny Stephens,

posted 9/24/14

Return to top.

IRTS Summer Fellowship Program

The deadline for the 2015 IRTS Summer Fellowship Program is approaching. Eligible students have the chance to participate in an exciting media industry internship in New York City that includes travel, accommodations and an allowance!
Students selected for this highly competitive program learn about opportunities throughout the media industry, in addition to interning at a specific company where skills are matched to a corresponding area of our business. Accomplished students from all majors (including math, liberal arts, computer science, business,marketing,  communications, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

For detailed eligibility information and to download an application, earn more at:

Barnard's Let's Get Ready 

Let’s Get Ready (LGR) is a college access non-profit that uses a near-peer model to provide free SAT tutoring and college application assistance to students of lower income backgrounds, helping them to attain their dream of attending college. LGR mobilizes and trains college student volunteers to be the "Coaches," mentors, and role-models who provide both SAT instruction and college admissions guidance, as well as the encouragement and inspiration that students need to succeed. To date, LGR has served over 10,000 students at sites spanning from Philadelphia to Maine.

Let’s Get Ready’s Barnard site, located at the Bernie Wohl Center on 92nd Street and Columbus Avenue, is looking for motivated, dependable and enthusiastic students to volunteer once a week as Let’s Get Ready coaches. Critical reading/writing nights will be on Tuesdays from 6-8:45 PM and math nights will be held on Wednesdays from 6-8:45 PM.

Coach Position Description:

LGR coaches work intensively with a group of 5-7 high school juniors one night a week from September until December and teach either Math or Critical Reading and Writing. We provide the training, materials, and curriculum.  This is a wonderful opportunity for those looking to get practical teaching experience and/or looking for a fulfilling service opportunity that makes a concrete difference in the lives of students in the surrounding community. Applicants must have scored at least a 600 in the subject that they would like to teach or have previous tutoring experience.

Apply by clicking this link:

Columbia Political Review

Columbia Political Review is accepting pitches for feature articles to appear in our Fall 2014 magazine. We specialize in original, long-form political journalism, and accept articles that tackle political issues on campus, around the nation, and abroad – as well as through a variety of disciplines. A multi-partisan publication, we also seek to offer a space for students of diverse political backgrounds to engage in compelling debates.

In addition to feature articles, we will also consider pitches for shorter works of criticism focusing on current books, art, movies, etc. that engage with political themes.

For tips on how to format your pitch, please check out The deadline is Sunday, September 14th at midnight, and pitches should be sent to Please note that we only accept pitches from current undergraduates at Columbia and Barnard.

Return to top.

Bookforum Internship Program

Bookforum, a review of literature, arts, and culture, seeks candidates for its editorial internship program. We are looking for responsible, detail-oriented individuals with an interest in contemporary literary and cultural topics. Research experience and knowledge of foreign languages is a plus. Interns assist Bookforum staff with fact-checking, corresponding with reviewers, updating our databases, requesting review copies from publishers, digitizing articles for our online archives, and miscellaneous clerical tasks. Interns may have the opportunity to contribute to the website. In addition, interns can expect to work in the advertising, production, and marketing departments (including assisting with annual book fairs, local readings, and bookstore outreach).

Applications are accepted on a rolling, first-come, first-serve basis. The internship calendar follows an academic schedule (spring, summer, fall). Undergraduate students (sophomore or higher) and graduate students are welcome to apply. Interns are required to commit to a minimum of two days per week, three at most. The internship is unpaid, but if your program allows we’re happy to offer academic credit.

Interested candidates can send a short cover letter, a résumé, and a writing sample (class papers are fine) to the Zoe at; please include the words “Internship Application” in the subject line.

We are also always looking for Bookforum on Campus reps; please see the following link for more information:

posted 9/4/2014

Return to top.

The Center for Fiction

Internship Details:  We are looking for interns to work specifically at our literary events, helping with setup (sound, promotional materials, refreshments, book selling, etc.), and the execution of the event (audience control, photography, videotaping, reception, etc.). A background or interest in event planning, and/or theater production would be helpful as well as knowledge of A/V, although not required. Some heavy lifting is necessary for the position. This internship is a great way to gain experience in event production and to connect to an amazing line-up of authors. This is a nonpaying position, but access to an extensive fiction library, study space and use of our Writers Studio is available. Interested candidates should email Linda McBride, with a brief cover letter and their resume. Please include the title of the internship in the subject line.


Essential Job Functions: Assist with set up and execution of regular author, music, and other events; set up book sale table and handle sales; assist event producer in promotion of events


  • Schedule: PT, afternoon and nights - 8-15 hours per week


Qualifications: Interest in books and/or event production; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; strong social media skills a plus, but not required

See more at:

posted 8/29/2014

Return to top.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative Internships
Fall 2014–Spring 2015

Teachers & Writers Collaborative (T&W) is accepting applications from candidates for two unpaid internships during the 2014–2015 school year. Interns work at T&W during regular business hours (9 to 5, Monday through Friday) and are required to establish a regular work schedule based on the requirements outlined below. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to commit to spending at least six hours in the T&W office on internship days.
Editorial Intern
Teachers & Writers Collaborative publications include Teachers & Writers Magazine, which will launch as an online publication in fall 2014; anthologies of writing by students in T&W programs; and a variety of informational and marketing materials. T&W is active on social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and regularly provides content via the T&W website ( Editorial intern responsibilities will include:
  • Create, format, and upload content to Teachers & Writers Magazine online and T&W social media platforms.
  • Identify or create images (e.g., photos) for use in digital publications.
  • Review archival materials and anthologies of student writing to select content for “From the Archives” and “Work by Young Writers” sections of online magazine.
  • Research resources and events for writers and identify relevant content for “Links” section of online magazine.
  • Copyedit content for online magazine and other purposes.
  • Review and respond to unsolicited submissions for Teachers & Writers Magazine.
  • Participate in meetings of Teachers & Writers Magazine editorial team and support work of editors as requested (e.g., by fact checking an article).
  • Support process of determining future of T&W’s annual Bechtel Prize, including reviewing submissions if needed.
  • Assist with researching potential funders for print and digital publications and developing funding proposals.
  • Proofread anthologies of student writing and other materials as needed.
  • Write and design marketing materials for T&W programs and publications.
  • Participate in T&W staff meetings.
  • Assist with general office tasks (e.g., answering phones, greeting visitors) as requested.
Requested Minimum Commitment: Two days per week

Poetry Out Loud Intern
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry memorization and recitation competition for high school students created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Teachers & Writers Collaborative manages the program statewide under a contract from the New York State Council on the Arts. Poetry Out Loud intern responsibilities will include:
  • Maintain database of principals, teachers, students, contacts at host sites, competition judges, and other participants in Poetry Out Loud.
  • Assist in developing program fliers, marketing materials, and press releases.
  • Coordinate program mailings to participating schools.
  • Contact schools in underrepresented parts of the state to encourage participation in Poetry Out Loud.
  • Assist in developing and posting information about Poetry Out Loud on T&W website, social media platforms, and Teachers & Writers Magazine.
  • Compile data on program participation at district, regional, and state levels.
  • Participate in drafting reports on 2014–2015 Poetry Out Loud program for New York State Council on the Arts and other funders.
  • Assist with researching potential funders and developing funding proposals.
  • Participate in Poetry Out Loud meetings, including program development sessions focused on generating ideas for future program growth.
  • Participate in T&W staff meetings.
  • Assist with general office tasks (e.g., answering phones, greeting visitors) as requested.
Requested Minimum Commitment: One day per week
Individuals interested in interning with T&W should send a cover letter and résumé to: or to T&W Internships, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, 520 8th Avenue, Suite 2020, New York, NY 10018 by Monday, September 15. Applications will not be accepted via fax. Applicants should indicate which of the internship positions described below is of greatest interest, if they are available for the full academic year or for only one semester, and approximately how many hours/days per week they would be able to work at T&W.
T&W seeks to educate the imagination by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts. Since 1967, T&W has worked with more than 760,000 students and more than 26,000 teachers in New York City and surrounding areas; published more than 80 books about creative writing education; issued Teachers & Writers Magazine, winner of 10 awards for excellence from the Association of Educational Publishers; and provided free resources for teachers and students of writing on the T&W website:

posted 8/29/2014

Return to top.

Her Campus Seeking Staff and Writers

This is a great opportunity for english majors looking for a leadership position on campus.