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Searching for something that you can’t encounter on a college walk? Stir crazy in your office cube? Reassessing your career path post-layoff? Contribute 15 hours a week to the Asian American Writers’ Workshop this fall: meet new friends, build your portfolio of clips, and learn about Asian American literature and arts non-profit management.

Established in 1991, AAWW is a national not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the creating, publishing, developing and disseminating of creative writing by Asian Americans–in other words, we’re the preeminent organization dedicated to the belief that Asian American stories deserve to be told. Our interns have opportunities to participate at every stage of the multi-media publication and event production process: planning and promoting our literary programming; building and contributing to our emerging magazines; shooting, recording, and editing photos, audio, and video, managing our social media and participating in grant-writing; designing and marketing our new initiatives; and learning about the bigger picture issues involved in organizational development. As an intern, you’ll receive a number of benefits including Workshop membership and free enrollment in a writing workshop class.

Be a part of the coolest literary arts programming and editorial team in New York City! We are looking for passionate, sharp, motivated individuals to intern in the following areas and work one-on-one with our staff:

Events & Programs
Assist our Executive Director and Program Director in shaping and staffing our dynamic literary events! The Events & Programs intern will aid in publicity efforts, research for event participants, handle book orders, organize our library, help in executing the run of show at events, and will maintain and organize a diverse catalogue of writers and artists.

Great research skills, ability to multi-task, and attention to detail a must. Interest in literature, specifically Asian American literature, preferred. Photo, audio and video skills a plus.

Assist our editors with our editorial platforms: The Margins, Open City, CultureStrike, and OurChinatown. You’ll be directly involved in every step of the editorial process, including: editorial research, copy editing, proof reading, reporting, fact checking, writing and blogging, photo research, web production, updating site elements and managing social media. Please read through each of the sites prior to applying.

The Margins:
Open City:

Experience in new media, media software, blogging, wordpress and HTML a plus; prior editorial and/or reporting experience preferred.

In addition to filling out the application form below, send your resume, cover letter and three writing and/or journalism samples to jkim [at] with the subject line: “Your Last Name-Editorial Internship.”

Want to learn all about grantwriting and nonprofit fundraising? Flex your development muscles by helping us manage our databases and assist with the ins-and-outs of writing successful proposals. You’ll also assist the Development Director with grant writing and research—both vital not-for-profit skills.

Strong organizational and research skills required, excellent writing skills, ability to manage multiple tasks on self-determined schedule; Excel and online database (DonorPerfect) experience a plus.

Design & Audio/Visual
The Design & Audio/Visual intern will assist in the audio and visual needs of the Workshop, including videography and photography of events, editing and assembling footage for programs and editorial platforms, handling equipment, and providing support for audio and video related needs. You will also assist with larger graphic design projects like flyers and brochures. If you are in art school and want to build your design and/or video portfolio, this is the position for you!

Experience in video editing using Final Cut Pro. Handling PA systems, microphones, still and video cameras, and video projectors also helpful. Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator a plus.

Marketing & Publicity
The Marketing & Publicity intern will draft and copy edit various promotional and press materials, including our calendar and weekly newsletter, and work with staff to execute various promotional strategies. Intern will be responsible for enhancing and monitoring our social media profile using a variety of outlets.

Persuasive writing skills and familiarity with Facebook and Twitter required; technical audio and video skills a plus.

Details & Perks:

•Our internship cycle lasts through the end of the fall semester;
•Interns are required to be available to come into the office a minimum of 15 hours/week and attend two events per month;
•Interns will receive free admission to one writing workshop; and
•Travel stipend or college credit will be offered.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to our Assistant Program Director, Andy Schlesinger, at desk [at] aaww dot org with “Your Last Name – Internship Application” in the subject line, and complete the application here.

We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, August 13th. Early applicants will be given preference. Only complete applications will be considered.

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