Web Internship Opportunity

Job Title: Poetryfoundation.org Academic-Year Web Intern


Poetryfoundation.org is accepting applications from English literature students at an undergraduate or graduate level for a paid web internship. The intern is expected to work 10 hours per week in our Chicago office from October through May. The position offers practical experience working for a multi-faceted poetry website.


The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, also publishes poetryfoundation.org, a major Web site for English-language poetry. At the core of the new site is an extensive poetry archive, which includes more than 11,000 poems by more than 2,000 poets. On a weekly basis, the site publishes lively journalism, profiles of poets, articles on poetry, bestseller lists, news about poetry, a blog, and audio podcasts.


  • Work closely with the editors to read and categorize poems
  • Produce articles, poems, and audio content
  • Research poetry news
  • Assist with poem permissions
  • Complete various administrative tasks.

Strong technical skills are required, and audio editing skills are a plus.


Interested applicants should e-mail the materials listed below to employment@poetryfoundation.org (please send all attachments as DOC, PDF, or RTF files; subject line: Application for Academic-Year Web Internship). If sending by post, address your envelope to: James Sitar, The Poetry Foundation; 61 W. Superior Street; Chicago, IL, 60654. The deadline is September 16, 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 technical and office skills.
  • A résumé.

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

No phone calls or drop-in inquiries, please.

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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