Internships

EW 2013 Intern
We’re excited that you want to intern with 826 Valencia! As an intern, you’ll work directly with students and teachers, exercise your writing and editing skills, and gain valuable experience in the many aspects of educational programming, nonprofit administration, and publishing.

We have two unpaid internship tracks here: educational programming and graphic design. All interns at 826 Valencia pitch in with organization-wide tasks, events, and programs, and gain professional experience valuable in a variety of fields.

If you’re under 18: If you are interested in joining us as part of an externship or community service program, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Alyssa Aninag at alyssa@826valencia.org for more information.

We have three internship seasons:

Fall  August – December. Applications accepted until all positions are filled.
Spring January – May. Applications accepted until all positions are filled.
Summer June – August. Applications for summer Education internships are due March 24. Learn more about the summer internship. 

Please read on for descriptions of our internship tracks:

Educational Programming Internship

In the educational programming track, you will focus on direct student programs, working with students, developing lesson plans, helping out in the process of publishing our students’ writing, and assisting programs staff with the ins and outs of organizing programs and scheduling volunteers. We are able to offer stipends to interns who are alums of 826 Valencia programs. If this is you, talk to us to learn more!

Requirements:

  • Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for the duration of the season
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience with kids in a professional setting is a plus
  • Editing/proofreading experience preferred
  • Spanish language skills are desirable
  • Experience with design software is a plus!

Design Internship

This internship with a nationally-recognized nonprofit will provide invaluable, on-the-ground design experience. Design/illustration interns will work closely with 826 Valencia’s Design Director, Meghan Ryan, and Production Manager, Amy Popovich, to create event and marketing materials, publications of student writing, flyers, newsletters, and more. 826 Valencia is a vibrant work environment, bustling with staff, interns, students, and volunteers. Our design staff is incredibly supportive and willing to teach and assist in a mentorship role. By the end of the internship, designers will have gained skills in design, print production, navigating a professional environment, and insight into nonprofit work environments. All interns at 826 Valencia pitch in with organization-wide tasks, events, and programs, and gain professional experience valuable in a variety of fields. Some internship opportunities in the design department come with stipends.

Publications Design Internship (with publications focus)
Candidates with a strong interest in publication design can apply for our Publications Design Internship. The Publications Intern will primarily work on student publications such as chapbooks, newspapers, and magazines. This role will include a fair amount of production work (printing, trimming, book binding, portfolio photography) and assistance creating visual content to promote student publications and design work on our social media channels.

Requirements:

  • Internship is 24 hours per week for at least a semester, preferably two semesters (Fall: September – December; Spring: January–May)
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud (or previous CS): InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop required
  • Proficiency in a MAC environment required
  • Portfolio reflecting strong understanding of and graphic design principles, brand identity, photography, and typography
  • Production experience, attention to detail, clean handcraft skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word programs
  • Knowledge of web-based software is a plus (HTML/CSS, MailChimp)
  • Interns must be available to work on-site

Benefits:

  • Learn how to carry a design from initial conception, design, and through to production
  • Learn how to present concepts to stakeholders
  • Proficiency in a MAC environment required
  • Learn how to design with adherence to brand guidelines
  • Advance software skills
  • Learn how an in-house creative department works and gain experience working with a Design Director and Production Manager
  • Course credit, if applicable, and in partnership with education institution
  • References and/or letters of recommendation upon successful completion of internship

To apply, please send an email with a current résumé (with references) that reflects relevant experience and skills, and a link to your portfolio, to Meghan Ryan at meghan@826valencia.org. Please also include a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

How to apply to our internships:

Please send us your current résumé (with two references) that reflects any relevant experiences and skills as well as a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position and what you hope to gain as an intern.

All materials and inquiries should be sent via email to internships@826valencia.org.

Still interested in learning more? Read what previous interns have said about working at 826 Valencia.

826 Valencia is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 826 Valencia does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, political orientation, disability, veteran status, or gender identity or expression.