Internship Opportunities

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

We are pleased to offer internships across several departments: Programming, Outreach, Development, Operations, and Communications. Each intern reports to specific staff members, however, all interns assist the entire staff in the production of the Festival and its programs as needed. This includes participating in occasional after-hours literary events, including event setup, registration, and clean-up.
Internship require a commitment of 8-10 hours per week. Internships can range from three months to a year, and start and finish dates are flexible. Applicants who are available during the Gala and Festival Weekend (October 25-27, 2019) will be given preference. Internships must be scheduled during the Texas Book Festival’s operating hours (9 AM through 5 PM, Monday through Friday).
Interns will receive a $500 stipend on completion of their internship.

2019 Texas Book Festival Internships

Literary Programming Internship:
The Literary Programming Internship is ideal for those interested in a career in publishing, books, or journalism. Programming interns receive a behind-the-scenes view of the book industry, especially its marketing and publicity operations, and come away with an understanding of what is required to put on a large-scale literary event.
Literary Programming interns work directly with the Festival’s literary director to coordinate and execute the Festival Weekend’s robust author programming for children, teens and adults. The Festival hosts 250-300 authors in approximately 150 sessions over the course of the two-day Festival. Literary Programming interns assist with many important tasks that ensure vital information is organized, tracked and disseminated accurately and in a timely manner. They are also fundamental on-the-ground to the smooth and successful execution of the Festival Weekend.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: communicating with the Festival’s authors and publicists; tracking submissions; drafting panel descriptions; writing blog content, including Q&As with authors; updating author information on the website; double, triple and quadruple-checking information about authors and sessions sent to publishers, authors and the public; participating in key lead-up events to the Festival; ensuring that all Festival author and programming data remains organized and accurate.

Qualifications:
An interest in literature and the book industry
Must enjoy reading
Well-organized and adept at managing fine-grain details
Strong writing and copy-editing skills
Experienced with Microsoft Word and Excel
Good people skills, especially under high-pressure and time-sensitive conditions
An all-in attitude, ready to jump in and do whatever is needed
Self-motivated; ability to work quickly and efficiently

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Julie Wernersbach, Literary Director, julie@texasbookfestival.org

 

Outreach Internship:
The Outreach Internship will prepare the intern for positions in publicity, education, non-profit work, project management and communications. The skills developed can be used in both the public and private sector.
The Outreach interns will work directly with the Outreach Manager to assist with the Festival’s outreach programs including Reading Rock Stars and Real Reads. The interns will work on curriculum development for books included in the programs and will assist with coordinating author travel and day of presentations. The Outreach interns will also assist with communications to area schools, libraries and communities to help promote the Texas Book Festival and Texas Teen Book Festival. This will include researching, writing, speaking and some design work. The interns will also work closely with the Outreach Manager on diversity and inclusion work with both Festivals.
Responsibilities during the Festival will include but are not limited to: serving as an author escort, coordinating and running events for Title I students, communicating with classes and teachers who are presenting and serving as a runner/contact for the Children’s Area.

Qualifications:
Interest in children’s and YA literature
Interest in education and childhood development
Interest in working with underserved communities
Interest in diversity and inclusion initiatives
Detail oriented
Strong writing and copy-editing skills
Experienced, Microsoft Word, Excel and the Google Suite
Positive, all in attitude, ready to jump in (it’s for the kids!)
Self-motivated; ability to work quickly and efficiently with little direction

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Lea Bogner, Outreach Manager, lea@texasbookfestival.org

 

Development and Operations Internship:
The Development and Operations Internship will prepare the intern for a variety of work positions with a wide scope of practical and applicable skills. These skills can be used in a variety of industries, including non-profit and corporate responsibility.
The Development & Operations Intern will work directly with the Festival’s Financial & Administrative Coordinator and the Development Director to assist with duties ranging from donor record management and donor communication, event planning, budget support, writing copy for and updating the Festival’s website, updating information in donor database, and filing.

Qualifications:
Working towards an undergraduate or higher level degree
Experienced with Microsoft Word and Excel
Detail-oriented and good with people
Interested in the inner-workings of a non-profit organization
The work level will be adjusted to the applicant’s level of education and experience.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Maris Finn, Financial and Administrative Coordinator, maris@texasbookfestival.org

 

Development Grant-Writing Internship:
The Development Grant-Writing Internship will prepare the intern for a variety of work positions with a wide scope of practical and applicable skills. These skills can be used in a variety of industries, including non-profit and corporate responsibility.
The intern will work directly with the Festival’s Development Director in assisting the organization’s grant program. This includes drafting grants, proofreading grants, grant research, and maintaining the organization’s grant tracking.
Additional development duties may include communication with donors, event planning, updating information in customer relationship database, and general fundraising.

Qualifications:
Working towards an undergraduate or higher level degree
Experienced with Microsoft Word and Excel
Demonstrate strong writing and proofreading skills
Detail-oriented and good with people
Interested in the inner-workings of a non-profit organization
The work level will be adjusted to the applicant’s level of education and experience.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Claire Burrows, Development Director, claire@texasbookfestival.org

 

Graphic Design and Communications Internship:

The Graphic Design and Communications Internship is valuable to those interested in a career in publishing, journalism, public relations, and marketing. The intern will work directly with the Festival’s communications coordinator, and with other TBF staff members, to assist in crafting and deploying visual and textual communications for both the Texas Book Festival and Texas Teen Book Festival.
Interns will be expected to write communications for a specific audience and create visuals/graphics valuable to professional experience and portfolio. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting with in-house design work; producing art for a variety of social media platforms; contributing to social media, blog and website content; creating and sending e-newsletters; collaborating with the communications coordinator on design ideas and solutions .

Qualifications:
Ability to produce images based on concept and collaborative discussion with TBF team. Must be open to constructive criticism and feedback.
Basic understanding of design principles, with eye for color interaction and adherence to brand guidelines.
Basic fluency in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop
Should be self-motivated, detail-oriented, with ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines. Willingness to help out and collaborate when needed a must.

To Apply:
Please send a resume and cover letter to Lydia Melby, Communications Coordinator, lydia@texasbookfestival.org