English and Writing
- Chelsea School – Interns working at this private special education school for learning disabled teenagers have gotten to work directly with students in the classroom as teaching assistants. This is a great opportunity for spring, fall, or summer, but Education majors with a full schedule may wish to come in the summer to help with their remedial literacy summer program.
- Feature Story News – Past interns have been invited to research and write stories and even record them for radio, which were aired and compiled for the student’s portfolio. Interns can expect to be involved in many aspects of this independent broadcast news agency, including going out on video shoots, setting up the studio for recording, and editing material.
- Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre – Work in the library containing the largest collection of Shakespeare artifacts and manuscripts in the world. Internships are also available at the Folger Theatre.
- Sojourner’s Magazine – Interns support Sojourner’s mission to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope, and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Interns can join this faithful community in a number of ways, including writing, editing, marketing, circulation and development.
- Street Sense Newspaper – Street Sense is a 16-page biweekly street newspaper. Its mission is to offer economic opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in the DC community through a newspaper that elevates voices and encourages debate on poverty and injustice. The newspaper features news, features, editorials, poems and art about homelessness and poverty and other social issues. About 50% of the paper is written by homeless and formerly homeless individuals. You can get involved in any number of ways with any level of experience—editing, writing, helping with writers’ workshops, coming up with story ideas, working with layout, and interacting with homeless vendors.
- The Hill Newspaper
- The City Paper
- Current Newspapers
- Capital Community News
- Sojourners Magazine
- Street Sense Newspaper
- Feature Story News
High School English Teaching
- Free Minds (book club and writing workshops for incarcerated youth)
- Sitar Arts Center
- Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
- Words Beats & Life Inc. (Hip-hop nonprofit)
- DC Scores (after-school youth soccer and creative writing program)
Most non-profits need writers. A non-profit organization can be a great place to get hands-on experience, as they will likely elicit a student’s help in updating their website, producing newsletters, blog updates, memos, research articles, and even grant proposals. If this kind of writing interests you, look on some of our other pages for non-profits that match your other interests.
Literary Venues and Organizations
- Politics and Prose Bookstore and book events venue
- Busboys and Poets Bookstore/cafe venue for author events and poetry readings
- Beltway Poetry Quarterly
- Word Works DC
- American Poetry Museum
- The Writers Center Workshops and teaching