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.


Internships begin in fall 2019.

Available Internships Overview:


Teaching Assistant

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. 



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.



This 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). 


Candidate Requirements Overview:

Candidates must attend a mandatory intern orientation program in September at The Telling Room. Additionally:


- Have excellent written and oral communication skills

- Have an interest in education and a passion for The Telling Room's mission

- Be detail-oriented and highly motivated to work with minimal supervision

- Be able to commit to 8-10 hours per week from October 2019 - May 2020

- Have Experience teaching and working with young people in an educational environment and other relevant experience as indicated in the specific internship descriptions



- Opportunities to partcipate in The Telling Room events and trainings

- A 15% discount on all TR books and merchandise

- A fun, warm work environment where people love what they do

- The opportunity to make a positive impact on a dynamic young nonprofit and the incredible young people who participate in our programs

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Your cover letter should indicate your top choice/s from the list of available internships above and highlight the relevant experience that qualifies you for your top choice/s. 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, but no phone calls or in-person visits to our writing center will be accepted.


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.