Employment, Internships, and Volunteering


The Poetry Project does not have any employment opportunities at this time.


The Poetry Project offers a modest stipend for internships open to undergraduates, graduate students, recent grads, and non-grads who are looking for experience in a small, poet-run, not-for-profit arts organization. Applicants should have a strong interest in contemporary poetry. Interns may work for college credit if desired.

We ask that all interns work one day per week in the office (4 hours total), as well as one evening event per week. General office hours are 12pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday. Interns can choose to work at either the Monday (8pm, bi-monthly), Wednesday (8pm, weekly), or Friday (8pm, bi-monthly) reading series, based on their interest and availability.

Work in the office is nothing if not varied. Interns assist our three-person staff with any and all details of programming, development, membership, marketing, archiving, publishing, editing, event production, and administration.

Work at the readings entails arriving at 7:15pm, 45 minutes prior to the event start time, in order to help set up the chairs, box office, and book sale table. Readings last approximately one to two hours, and afterward staff, interns, and volunteers are responsible for breaking down the room.

Please note that The Poetry Project is closed for the month of July and does not offer Summer Internship opportunities. 

Currently, all Fall 2019 internship positions have been filled. Based on internship position availability at the close of 2019, we will begin reviewing applications for Spring 2020 in mid-January 2020. Spring 2020 applications will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2019 through January 12, 2020. During that time, resumes and/or CVs may be sent with “Spring 2020 Internship” in the subject to internships@poetryproject.org. A formal cover letter is not necessary, but in your email please write a short paragraph about why you would like to intern for the Project.


Volunteers and interns are cherished at The Poetry Project. Volunteering can mean anything from an annual two-hour shift at the New Year’s Day Marathon benefit to a weekly chair-stacking gig at one of our three reading series. We’re always accepting new volunteers and are ever-appreciative of additional support! Please email Roberto Montes at rm@poetryproject.org if you’d like to discuss volunteer options.