Roles and Responsibilities
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is looking for 2-5 summer interns to assist staff with all of the logistical preparation for and coordination of four week-long summer institutes. 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.

We have flexible part-time and full-time internships available. Tentative timeframes would be Mid-May through the end of July as well as Early June through Mid-August with the possibility of extended work. Each internship is designed to support one or two professional staff members during our July and August Institutes on the Teaching of Reading and Writing. The professional staff members overseeing these conferences are responsible for major aspects of event planning including, but not limited to: writing schedules of workshops and small/large group meetings, assigning rooms, handling materials, managing registration and applications and coordinating any needs for faculty teaching at the institutes.

The institutes involve a variety of micro- and macro- tasks. Ideal candidates for the events internships will be outgoing, self-motivated team players with a pension for problem solving on the spot, a sharp attention to detail, a can-do attitude, and a winsome personality. Job duties include registering and directing institute participants, scheduling, administrative and office tasks, data entry, setting up and running book sales, anticipating and meeting needs of presenting faculty, staff and participants, as well as any number of unanticipated, creative errands.

Interns will be expected to work four or five days (up to 40 hours) a week, depending on the events of a given day. There will be some early mornings and long days, as well as weekends. Each day is different and the work is often fast paced, with a fair amount of physical activity. Vacation time will be permitted but please note our conference dates are June 23rd-27th, June 29th-July 3rd, August 4th-8th and August 11th-15th. Interns must be available during both the week prior to and the week of each conference. 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:
  • Working toward undergraduate degree at a college or university, or a recent graduate
  • Outgoing, 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
  • Gracious and not flustered under pressure
  • Strong computer skills, preferably in Microsoft Office and online content management systems
  • Interest in event/conference planning, education or related field preferred

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: lisa@readingandwritingproject.com