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

Our call for 2024-25 student interns will go out in spring semester 2024.


We employ a small staff of undergraduate students with excellent organizational skills and an interest in poetry, writing, and/or literature. Experience in graphic and/or web design, photography/video, and/or social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, are desirable.

This internship offers an hourly wage and rich experience and mentoring in areas such as public relations/communication, event planning, publishing, contest administration, and community engagement, and may be optionally taken for academic credit.

The time commitment is 6-8 hours per week. Regular hours are scheduled around each intern's availability and fall on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with occasional evening hours required to staff visiting writer events. The RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU is committed to equality of opportunity and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, gender, gender identity, disability, height, marital status, political persuasion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.


Here are a few examples of the work our student interns perform:


Social Media, Graphic Design, and Public Relations

  • Work with Assistant Director to manage and create original content for the RCAH Center for Poetry social media and website
  • Post to social media sites regularly (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Flickr,)
  • Draft and distribute press releases to promote events
  • Update community calendars
  • Design flyers and other promotional materials (e.g. social media graphics and other electronic media) for distribution
  • Learn risograph and/or letterpress printing to design and create poetry broadside sheets for select visiting poets


Video and Photo Production

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


Contest Administration and Publishing

  • Read and review manuscripts submitted for Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize


Event Planning and Programming

  • Assist with event planning from start to finish
  • Staff and attend events


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