Call for Applications: Intern at the Asian American Writers' Workshop


Searching for something that you can’t encounter on your college campus? 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.

We are looking for passionate, sharp, motivated individuals to intern one-on-one with our staff. We offer the following positions:

• Author Events • Editorial • Development

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

• Summer 2019 Application Deadline – April 22, 2019

• Fall 2019 Application Deadline – August 5, 2019

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 travel stipend and 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] with “Your Last Name – Internship Cycle [i.e. Summer 2018] – Desired Position(s)” in the subject line, choosing all applicable categories. Then complete the application form linked here. 

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


Author Events Intern

Assist our Programs 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 and editorial initiatives: The MarginsOpen CityThe Transpacific Literary Project, and A World Without Cages. 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 magazines or initiatives prior to applying. Hiring for editorial interns is rolling, and we welcome early applications.

We are hiring for two positions. Please indicate your area of interest in your application materials.

The Margins and Transpacific Literary Project Intern: Work with the editors of our arts and ideas magazine, The Margins, and the Transpacific Literary Project, a new editorial initiative that publishes poetry and prose written by East and Southeast Asian writers, with an emphasis on works in translation.

Open City and A World Without Cages Intern: Assist the editors of Open City, our journalistic magazine that covers immigrant communities in New York City, and A World Without Cages, a new editorial initiative that brings together voices from jail, prison, and immigrant detention.

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, WordPress, and Twitter.

Special Instructions for Editorial Internship Applications: In addition to a completed application, please send 2 writing and/or journalism samples with your cover letter and resume.

Development Intern

Want to learn all about grant writing 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 skills in a non-profit environment.

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.

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