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Interns

Contribute to and develop the online presence of the oldest continuously published poetry journal in America! Help mine the archives of the magazine subscribed to by Walt Whitman! Poet Lore seeks applicants for two positions: Digital Communications Intern and Archival Research Intern for the 2018-19 academic year.

Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry, essays, and reviews. Book-length issues deliver news from the interior—poems that make concerns of our moment both urgent and intimate. We publish with the conviction that poetry provides a record of human experience as valuable as history.

If you are interested in literature and would like to learn more about how a small literary magazine runs, apply!

Social Media Intern Duties:
– Administrative & clerical tasks in support of the managing editor
– Enhance and build the online presence across all social media platforms
– Curate blog content from contributing writers
– Promote new issues across all channels
– Connect with writers on FB, Instagram & Twitter to build networking community

– Other duties as assigned depending on skill level & interest

Archival Research Duties:
– Administrative & clerical tasks in support of the managing editor
– Help organize and document past issues in the archives
– Assist in building a history of the magazine by creating databases to log factual and statistical information
       and by contributing to a chronology of important events and milestones
– Visit the Library of Congress to locate and research issues missing from the office archives
– Writing essays based on findings for publication on the blog

– Other duties as assigned depending on skill level & interest

Desired Skills/Qualifications
– Must possess a deep love of literature, & poetry in particular
– Excellent research and writing and skills
– Attention to detail and organization
– Ability to manage website in WordPress [particularly the Social Media Intern]
– Ability to develop social media strategies [particularly the Social Media Intern]

– English majors/minors with emphasis in creative writing or currently enrolled MFA students are strongly encouraged to apply. Other areas of education will be considered.

The interns will work under the direction of the managing editor, Laureen Schipsi. The positions are part-time (minimum one day a week in the Bethesda office) and require the ability to work within a team as well as independently. While the positions are unpaid, we provide two-year subscriptions to Poet Lore.

Applications are now open! Please send a cover letter briefly explaining why you are interested in working with us along with a resume to Laureen Schipsi.


Every issue of
Poet Lore is inspiring, for it shows that the little-magazine tradition has been alive and well since 1889, with the magazine’s founding. (Even Walt Whitman wanted aboard.) I appreciate the skillful editorial steering of this ship and the crew’s loyalty to the cause of assuring a literary legacy. Walt would be proud.

—David Ray, poet and former editor of The Chicago Review, Epoch, and founding editor of New Letters