Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute Student Internship Opportunity

Job Title: Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute Intern


The Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute is accepting applications from poetry students at an undergraduate or graduate level for a paid Institute internship. The intern is expected to work between a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 25 hours per week in our Chicago office for a three to four month period. The position offers practical experience working for a nonprofit poetry institute.

Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute

HMPI is an independent forum created by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry, to provide a space in which fresh thinking about poetry, in both its intellectual and practical needs, can flourish free of allegiances other than to the best ideas. The Institute convenes leading poets, scholars, publishers, educators, and other thinkers from inside and outside the poetry world to address issues of importance to the art form of poetry and to identify and champion solutions for the benefit of the art.

Job Details

The intern works closely with the president and project manager, helping to further HMPI project goals, including but not limited to, researching content and maintaining databases related to Institute projects, receiving and handling routine correspondence, assisting with HMPI record retention, proofreading HMPI materials, aiding in meeting and event planning, arranging and maintaining travel schedules, and working on various administrative tasks. He or she also assists in HMPI project plans as necessary.


Interested applicants should e-mail the materials listed below to employment@poetryfoundation.org (please send all attachments as PDF files; subject line: Application for HMPI Internship). If sending by post, address your envelope to: Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, The Poetry Foundation; 61 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL, 60654. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2014. Please send:

  • a cover letter explaining your interest in poetry and in the position, your previous experience with poetry and literary research, your previous office experience, and your computer and office skills.
  • a resume.
  • the names and contact information for two references, preferably recent or current professors or professional mentors.

No phone calls or drop-in inquiries, please.

The Poetry Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and values the various perspectives and talents of a diverse staff.

About the Poetry Foundation: The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs.

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