Internship Application for The Asian American Writers' Workshop

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 (AAWW) Internship this term: 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.

Through our curatorial platform, which includes our New York author event series based in Chelsea, and our online editorial initiatives, we're building the Asian American intellectual culture of tomorrow. To learn more, visit us at http://aaww.org/.

We are looking for passionate, sharp, motivated individuals to intern one-on-one with our staff. We offer the following positions (scroll down for detailed descriptions):

• Author Events
• Editorial
• Development - NOTE: Deadline extended to May 1, 2015
• Digital Media - NOTE: Deadline extended to May 1, 2015

We have three internship cycles per year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

• Spring Application Deadline - November 17
• Summer Application Deadline - April 15
• Fall Application Deadline - July 15

Our interns 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 grants research; 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.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Please review the positions below, send a cover letter and resume to desk [at] aaww.org with "Your Last Name - Spring 2015 Internship – Desired Position" in the subject line, choosing either Author Events or Editorial.Then complete the application form below.

Early applicants will be given preference. Only completed applications will be considered.

POSITIONS:

Author Events Intern

Assist our Programming staff in shaping our dynamic calendar of public events–not to mention rub elbows with famous writers who read on stage at AAWW! The Events intern will aid in publicity efforts, research for event participants, handle book orders and pre-event logistics, staff events, record audio and video, and maintain and organize a diverse catalog of writers and artists.

Qualifications:
Great research skills, ability to multi-task, and attention to detail a must. Interest in literature, specifically Asian American literature, preferred.
Bonus Qualifications--Design, A/V, Social Media, & Marketing:
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.
Persuasive writing skills and familiarity with Facebook and Twitter.


Editorial Intern

Assist our editors with our vibrant online magazines: The Margins and Open City. 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: http://aaww.org
Open City: http://opencitymag.com
CultureStrike: http://culturestrike.net

Qualifications:
Experience in new media, media software, blogging, wordpress and HTML a plus; prior editorial and/or reporting experience preferred.
Bonus Qualifications--Design, A/V, Social Media, & Marketing:
Experience in video editing using Final Cut Pro. Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator a plus.
Persuasive writing skills and familiarity with Facebook and Twitter.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR EDITORIAL APPLICANTS:
In addition to a completed application, please send 3 writing and/or journalism samples with your cover letter and resume.


Development Intern - NOTE: Deadline extended to May 1, 2015

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 our Development staff with grant writing and research—both vital not-for-profit skills.

Qualifications:
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.


Digital Media Intern - NOTE: Deadline extended to May 1, 2015

Do you love messing around on PhotoShop? Do you screen-grab movie-stills and quirky Tumblr images to save for later? Do you have a sense for what excites people on social media? We're looking for interns who can take initiative on design and A/V projects; who have a curiosity and passion for graphic design, film editing, and visual culture; and who know how to translate those skills into successful social media and marketing campaigns. You'll research and edit images for use on our online platforms and on social media. You'll help edit footage from our live events into short videos for our archive. You'll help us figure out how to grow our audience online. This internship is perfect for someone who wants to learn how to make a big impact at a small non-profit with a shoestring budget. If you are in art school and want to build your design and/or video portfolio, this is the position for you!

Qualifications:
Working knowledge of Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Experience editing on FinalCutPro. HTML and CSS proficiency recommended. Enthusiasm required!

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    Submit your cover letter and resume!

    Please send a cover letter and resume to desk [at] aaww.org with "Your Last Name - Summer 2015 Internship - Desired Position" in the subject line, in addition to the application above. If you are applying to an Editorial position, please also include 3 writing samples in the email with the subject line "Your Last Name- Summer 2015 Internship - Editorial." Early applicants will be given preference. Only complete applications will be considered.