The RCAH Center for Poetry depends on the work of our talented and enthusiastic interns to carry out our mission. The call for interns for the next academic year goes out in the spring semester.




Suggested internship areas:


Blogging, Social Media, and Public Relations

- Work with Assistant Director to manage and create original content for the Center for Poetry newsletter and blog

- Update social media sites regularly (Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram)

- Draft and distribute press releases regarding events

- Update community calendars


Graphic Design

- Design flyers and other promotional materials (e.g. bookmarks, postcards, invitations) for distribution

- Update website using Adobe Muse (no previous experience required)

- Learn letterpress printing to design and create poetry broadside sheets for the Spring Poetry Festival


Education and Outreach

- Work with existing contacts in schools and local organizations to lead workshops in poetry, writing, and/or art for children and adults

- Create new liaisons with schools and organizations to broaden awareness of the Center for Poetry


Video and Photo Production

- Document Center for Poetry events and upload content to YouTube and Flickr

- Create promotional video about the Center for Poetry


Library Cataloguing

- Maintain the Center for Poetry’s library and implement digital system for checking out books

- Maintain database ( that houses the Center for Poetry’s collections and expand its social media presence

- Maintain the Center's Little Free (Poetry) Library in East Lansing

- Assist with the organization of the annual new & used book sale in September


Publishing and Editing

- Read and review manuscripts submitted in new Wheebarrow Books Poetry Prize

- Assist with publication by MSU Press of winning titles of the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Series, with possibilities for learning copy editing and press production


Event Planning and Programming

- Plan events from start to finish, including contract negotiation, venue planning, budgeting and funding appeals, and travel arrangements

- Produce publicity, plan and staff events

- Grant writing and other funding methods


When available, internships for MSU students are posted on My Spartan Career, and employment opportunities are posted on the MSU Applicant Page.


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