The Telling Room has gone virtual until it feels safe for our staff, volunteers, teaching artists, students and community to gather. Like many of you, we've been actively following the progression of COVID-19 in Maine, in other parts of the country and across the globe. In the interest of following guidance from local, state and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health, we have suspended our daily in-person operations until further notice. Please visit our Programs page for more information and to learn about our virtual programming.

The Telling Room's Internships

Future Internships

Internships are closed for summer 2020 and school year 20-21.

Summer Programs Internship (Click link for full description and requirements.)
This is a summer internship, beginning in mid-June and ending in late-August, focused on The Telling Room's Summer Camp Programming in Portland, Maine. Summer Programs Interns will commit to a minimum of six weeks (a minimum of 196 hours) of assistant teaching in our various camps. Final schedules will be determined based on The Telling Room's programming needs. Interns will also be expected to participate in a planning session with The Telling Room's program staff for each camp they are assistant teaching in. These sessions would take place in June or outside of camp hours. Some preparation and admin hours may be worked remotely. All Summer Interns will work directly with program staff and volunteers to deliver high quality programming throughout the summer. Depending on scheduling, interns may have "administrative weeks" where they work on other Telling Room projects outside of summer camps and programs.

The purpose of the Summer Programs Internship is to give interns the opportunity to work alongside a nationally recognized creative youth development nonprofit. Interns will be paired with Telling Room staff mentors and will learn how to create engaging writing curriculum. With plent of support and time to prepare, interns will be encouraged to hone their teaching skills by implementing their own lessons and activities. 

Summer Publications Internship (Click link for full description and requirements.) 
This is a paid internship working directly with The Telling Room's Publications Department in Portland, Maine. The Publications Intern will commit to at least 10 hours of work per week from June through August, assisting on a poetry book project. Some of these hours will be worked remotely. 

Responsibilities include: Executing a marketing plan for the poetry anthology, contacting and coordinating deliverables from up to 40 anthology authors, working with a small team of educators to create ancillary materials to accompany the book, helping to plan book launch and events, and general assisting with the editorial, production, promotion and community engagement extensions of the poetry collection and its authors. 


Filled Internships

Teaching Assistant (click link for full description and requirements) - FILLED FOR 2019-2020

Our teaching interns will have a unique opportunity to develop their teaching practice alongside The Telling Room’s exceptional Teaching Artist Team, which includes local artists, writers, and licensed public school educators. Teaching Assistant Interns will work on-site at The Telling Room on Commercial Street, and off-site in classrooms in local area school districts. This is an excellent opportunity for both seasoned educators or newer education professionals to gain curriculum design experience including social-emotional learning elements and cultural identity considerations. An emphasis will be placed on the writing and creative processes and Teaching Assistants are encouraged to maintain their own creative practices while interning for us. 


The Teaching Assistant Intern will start the first semester as an unpaid trainee. As they gain training, mentoring, and experience, they will move into a paid role with a similar schedule for the second semester, with guaranteed hours each week. They will also have opportunities to pursue other paid contract work at The Telling Room.



Publishing (click link for full description and requirements) - FILLED FOR 2019-2020

This is a paid internship working directly with The Telling Room’s Publishing Department in Portland, Maine. The Publishing Intern will commit to at least 10 hours of work per week from October to June assisting in multiple publications projects and will be supervised by the Publications Director. Some of these hours will be worked remotely.


Development (click link for full description and requirements) - FILLED FOR 2019-2020

This paid internship is an opportunity for someone interested in a career in nonprofit development to gain hands-on, practical experience in various aspects of nonprofit fundraising, management, and administration. The development intern will assist the development and communications team with the following: individual donor communications, cultivation, and stewardship; donor database management; special events planning and promotion; grant writing and reporting; corporate sponsorship; prospect research, and more. Interns can expect to interface with a wide variety of constituents, including volunteers, vendors, supporters, and other Telling Room staff across departments (e.g., communications, publications, and programs). 


Events and Communications (click link for full description and requirements) FILLED FOR 2019-2020

This paid internship is an opportunity for someone interested in a career in event coordination, production, and communication. The Telling Room hosts popular events all over Southern Maine, including our annual spring fundraiser Show & Tell, a storytelling event at The State Theatre; student book launches and publications events; community events; and Big Night, a literary performance by Telling Room students each May to celebrate the release of our latest anthology. This internship gives behind the scenes insight into the event production process and provides professional development in event production, coordination, communications, and logistics.



How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Your cover letter should highlight the relevant experience that qualifies you for the postition. Please submit multiple cover letters if you are applying for multiple internships. Application documents must be submitted as a single PDF or Word document. Please do not paste your application materials into the body of the email, and please do not send hard copies through the mail.

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We are an equal opportunity employer. We are working to prioritize the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ individuals, and we strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.