The Center for Poetry depends on the work of our talented and enthusiastic student interns to carry out our mission.


2020-21 Call for Interns

We are now accepting applications for internships for the 2020-21 academic year. We have opportunities for undergraduate students (sophomores-seniors) of any major. We offer the internship areas (below) as suggestions but are open to students with other areas of expertise, as we tailor intern duties to the individual’s skill sets and interests.

Interns are responsible for working with the Assistant Director to lead their own projects in addition to helping the entire staff with visiting artists and events and will likely work in several different categories as needed. All interns are expected to staff events and to review/evaluate manuscripts and other contest entries.

Regular hours are weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., however, staffing is required for evening and occasional weekend events throughout the semester. Interns are expected to commit 4-6 hours weekly, scheduling around student class and job schedules. Internships are unpaid but may be optionally taken for 1-3 credits.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to RCAH Center for Poetry Acting Director Laurie Hollinger at expressing your interest, how your skill set makes you a good candidate for the position, and what experience you hope to gain with an internship at the RCAH Center for Poetry.

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020


Internship areas:


Blogging, Social Media, and Public Relations

  • Work with Assistant Director to manage and create original content for the RCAH Center for Poetry newsletter and blog
  • Update social media sites regularly (Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram)
  • Draft and distribute press releases to promote events
  • Update community calendars


Graphic Design

  • Design flyers and other promotional materials (e.g. bookmarks, postcards, invitations) for distribution
  • Update website
  • Learn letterpress printing to design and create poetry broadside sheets for the Spring Poetry Festival


Podcast, Video, and Photo Production

  • Co-produce monthly podcast
  • Document RCAH Center for Poetry events with still photography/video, and upload edited content to Flickr and other social media
  • Create promotional video about the RCAH Center for Poetry


Library Cataloguing

  • Maintain the RCAH Center for Poetry’s library and implement digital system for checking out books
  • Maintain database ( that houses the RCAH Center for Poetry’s collections and expand its social media presence
  • Maintain the Center's Little Free (Poetry) Library in the community
  • Assist with the organization of the annual new & used book sale in September


Contest Administration and Publishing

  • Read and evaluate entries for the Benvenuto High School Poetry Competition, the Samet High School Fiction Competition, and the Capital Area Poetry Competition
  • Read and review manuscripts submitted for Wheebarrow Books Poetry Prize
  • Assist with publication and distribution by MSU Press of winning titles of the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Series, with potential to attend AWP Conference and Bookfair in the Spring.


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


Education and Outreach

  • Foster new liaisons with schools and organizations to encourage the reading and writing of poetry at younger ages.
  • Work in schools and local organizations to lead workshops in poetry, writing, and/or art for children and adults.