2019 - 2020 School-Year Internships

Internships at The Telling Room Overview

We are seeking bright and innovative candidates for our 2019-2020 school-year internship program. These internships are great opportunities for individuals interested in getting a survey of all areas of nonprofit work in the arts, education, and youth development fields. Telling Room interns enjoy the opportunity to learn about nonprofit management, education, literacy, youth development, and more. They are an integral part of the organization, helping out with our many events and programs. In addition, each intern is assigned one focus area like programs, publishing, or events to deepen their learning and opportunities for valuable professional experience. 

Interns must be able to work out of The Telling Room’s Writing Center located in Portland, Maine.


Check back for more internship opportunities for 2019-2020 soon!


Available Internships Overview


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)

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)

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). 



How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to peyton@tellingroom.org. 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.

Questions may be submitted to peyton@tellingroom.org.


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.