The Festival Programming Internship
Festival Programming interns work directly with the Festival’s literary director and staff to ensure that the Festival Weekend’s robust schedule of literary programming is executed seamlessly and that the 250+ Festival authors have the best possible experience during the Festival. Duties include, but are not limited to, communicating with authors and publicists about Festival details; logging and tracking submissions; writing blog posts on a variety of literary topics; running office errands; answering emails and phone calls; assisting the literary director with the management of a high volume of vital details via a mighty and proud database of spreadsheets and Google docs.
The internship is unpaid and is particularly valuable for those interested in publishing, journalism or creative writing. Interns receive a front row view of the inner workings of book marketing, publicity and event management, as well as gain an understanding of the rhythms and cycles of publishing.
The internship requires a commitment of 8-10 hours per week. Internships can range from three months to a year, and start and finish dates are flexible. Interns must be available for the duration of the Festival (October 25-28). Internships must be scheduled during the Texas Book Festival’s operating hours (9 AM through 5 PM, Monday through Friday). Internship includes participating in occasional after-hours literary events, including event setup, registration, and clean-up.
The Festival Programming Applicant
Ideal interns are interested in the publishing industry and contemporary American literature. The ideal intern is detail-oriented, experienced with Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPress, good with people, and interested in the inner-workings of a non-profit organization. Higher level applicants are welcome; the work level will be adjusted to the applicant’s level of education and experience. The internship requires people who can handle the many details required to produce the Festival.
How to Apply for the Festival Programming Internship
Interested applicants can send an e-mail with resume and cover letter as attachments to Lydia Melby, the Festival’s Literary and Communications Coordinator: lydia [at] texasbookfestival [dot] org. Please use the subject line “Festival Programming Internship Application.”