Roles and Responsibilities
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) is looking for one summer intern to assist the editorial/writing team with the preparation of written documents generated for use throughout our four weeklong summer institutes (conferences). The institutes take place from late June through the second week in August. Each one is attended by 800-1,200 participants from all over the world.

The editorial intern will support the Project writers in editing, formatting, collating and organizing written materials including institute schedules, instructional handout packets, and Reading and Writing Curricular Plans (grades K-8). During the days leading up to each institute, and during the institutes themselves, the editorial intern's duties will shift. He or she will join the rest of the interns to help collate, set up and distribute materials, check on rooms, assist with registration and book sales, direct participants and field their inquiries, update data bases and run errands as needed.

The ideal candidate will have a strong command of the English language and of grammar conventions, a sharp attention to detail, the ability to work quickly and efficiently under tight deadlines, a strong work ethic, and a terrific sense of humor. An interest in the field of education is a bonus, but not required. English majors preferred.

Please note: this is a full-time internship from Mid-May through Mid-August, with the possibility of extended work.

The editorial intern will be expected to work four or five days (up to 40 hours) a week. There will be some early mornings and long days, and possibly some weekends. The work is varied and often fast paced, with a fair amount of physical activity. Vacation time will be permitted but please note that our conferences are June 23rd-27th, June 29th-July3rd, August 4th-8th and August 11th-15th. Interns must be available both the week prior to and the week of each institute. This is a paid internship opportunity, however it is also possible to have interns be self-funded by their undergraduate institution, whether through a grant, scholarship, or college credit.

Background Information:
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP), located at Teachers College, Columbia University, has been a premier provider of literary professional development for almost three decades. Our mission is to support literacy instruction through research and professional development. We support schools not only in NYC, but across the nation and internationally as well. Our research has tackled many subjects, including the teaching of reading and writing (grades K-8) and methods of supporting large scale school reform. Through our program, young people grow to be avid and skilled readers and writers.

For more information regarding the work we do, please visit our website: www.readingandwritingproject.com.

Applicant Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate student at a college or university or a recent graduate
  • Personable, self-motivated; able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to follow directions efficiently and proficiency at prioritizing
  • A demonstrated record of hard work and teamwork
  • Strong computer skills, preferably in Microsoft Office, Excel, Googledocs and online content management systems

To apply, please submit a resume detailing relevant experience and a cover letter stating your reasons for interest as well as your goals in/for this internship to: julia@readingandwritingproject.com