826DC provides interns with hands-on, real-world experience in an arts education nonprofit within an urban school district.


About Our Internship Program

826DC is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals to support all aspects of our organization. Gain hands-on experience in youth development, arts education, program design and implementation, development and fundraising, communications and marketing, graphic design, and nonprofit management. Part-time and full-time positions are available. PS — We can’t wait to meet you! 826DC has given me a lot to think about for my career. Thank you all for making this experience so valuable. Click To Tweet Prior interns have had the opportunity to create and lead their own writing workshops; visit DC classrooms to mentor aspiring writers; attend a book release party with Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden at the Vice Presidential mansion; design books and other student publication projects; support fundraisers featuring CNN journalist Jake Tapper and New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich, and participate in our annual peer-to-peer fundraiser Paddlestar Galactica.

I can't wait to be in the field and work with students. I still think about the lessons I learned with 826DC. Click To Tweet

Candidate Skill Requirements

  • Interns must be able to meet the minimum time commitment as specified by the job description specific to each internship
  • Interns must be able to attend a mandatory Intern Training & Orientation
  • Educational Programming and Publishing Interns and Student Publishing and Production Interns must be able to pass a mandatory background check within 10-15 days of the commencement of the internship in order to provide direct service with students
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations
  • Ability to travel to and from the 826DC offices in Columbia Heights
  • Ability to travel to other metro-accessible locations, as needed

Preferred Candidate Skills (Not Required)

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google-based programs
  • Editing/proofreading experience
  • Experience with young people ages 6-18
  • Spanish language skills
  • Experience with design software, especially Adobe Creative Suite
  • Professional social media experience
  • Experience with Salesforce or other databases

Internship Hours

826DC’s offices are open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM, and interns will be given a set schedule within those days/times for the duration of the internship. Programming and Student Publishing Interns may occasionally have to report for early morning or evening hours.


826DC interns each receive small stipends, based on the number of hours they work with us each week, at the end of their internships!


Internship Positions


  • Educational Programming Internship
  • Communications and Development Internship
  • Graphic Design Internship

Educational Programming Internship

Educational Programming Interns support 826DC’s onsite and offsite writing programs, publishing projects, and resource and curriculum development. You’ll work directly with young writers ages 6-18, helping them build their writing skills and tell their own stories.

You should be comfortable working with diverse populations, and have an interest in or experience with education, working with young people, youth development, writing and the arts, nonprofit work, and/or social justice. Spanish skills are not required but are a huge plus.

As an Educational Programming Intern, you can expect to work closely with various members of the Programs department.

See the full Educational Programming Internship description here.

Communications and Development Internship

Communications and Development Interns help the community get to know, fall in love with, and support 826DC. You can support social media and marketing work, dive into development and fundraising, get professional event planning or store management experience, or do a little bit of everything!

You can expect to work closely with the Director of Advancement, the Development and Communications Manager, and occasionally, the Executive Director.

Want to focus on mostly communications tasks or mostly development tasks? We’re open to that. Just let us know in your cover letter.

See the full Communications and Development Internship description here.


Graphic Design Internship

Graphic Design Interns help develop fantastic pieces of outreach, fundraising, and retail collateral, support 826DC publishing projects, and occasionally dip into web design.

You can expect to work with several members of the 826DC team, as needed. It’s a great way to build your portfolio and gain varied, real-world experience in nonprofit design work.

Graphic design candidates must submit/link to a portfolio. We want to see what you’ve already done!

See the full Graphic Design Internship description here.

Apply For an Internship

Application Deadline

We are accepting applications for Fall 2020, now through August 21st! 

Start and End Dates

The general Fall 2020 Internship program will run from September 8th through December 4th. The Communications and Development internship timing, however, is flexible.


Please send an email (noting the position you are applying for) with a current resume, cover letter, and no more than three optional references to by August 21st, 2020. In your cover letter, please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

Note to design intern applicants: please include a pdf of a portfolio sample or a link to your website.

Interns of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 826DC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages persons of color, females, LGBTQIA persons, and persons with disabilities to apply for this position. 826DC accepts applications by email only. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Once a position is filled, we will note that the position is closed on the website. No phone calls, please.

Frequently Asked Questions

What skills will I acquire as an 826DC intern?

826DC provides interns with hands-on, real-world experience in an arts education nonprofit within an urban school district. Depending on their chosen internship tract, interns will gain skills in classroom and behavior management, program development, lesson planning, volunteer coordination, web and social media communication in a professional setting, graphic design skills, fundraising and grantwriting, editing and proofreading, and nonprofit marketing and communications. Interns will also have the opportunity to interact with diverse community members and leaders while learning best practices for developing, integrating, and supporting creative and expository writing within various educational settings. Additionally, 826DC interns will acquire job skills in a professional and dynamic setting, including professional etiquette when interacting with various constituencies; soft skills such as public speaking, youth development, and managing up; as well as hard skills such as Salesforce, Mailchimp, editing and proofreading, and social media for a small business.

How does 826DC support its interns?

At the start of each internship, interns are required to provide a goal sheet to their supervisor. 826DC staff provide regular and routine feedback to interns about their progress towards these goals. We seek to build a community that connects interns to 826DC staff, their fellow interns, volunteers, and students, which allows for natural network-building. All interns receive a mid-term evaluation and end of semester assessment. Interns are encouraged to take leadership on projects and tasks, have ownership over their actions, and connect to our mission through a robust training program that includes student support, working in nonprofits, and sensitivity training around diversity and inclusion.

What are perks of the internship?

  • Free admission to 826DC events. Past events include book talks with CNN journalist Jake Tapper, New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich, actor/writer/director/artist James Franco, and more!
  • 25% discount on 826DC merchandise, including our awesome t-shirts, posters, and gift items.
  • Opportunity to work with local writers.
  • The feelings of immeasurable joy from working with and supporting children.

What does an intern’s typical day look like?

The typical day for a Programming or Publishing Intern might include supporting students in our on-site or off-site programming, collaborating on a lesson plan with staff or another intern, supporting our publishing projects, attending a book release in a school, supporting program evaluation, responding to volunteer inquiries, following up with teachers, or proofreading student work.

The typical day for a Communications and Development Intern might include promoting an 826DC fundraiser, taking pictures at a writing program, thanking donors, drafting social media, writing a blog post, speaking with local businesses or journalists, or crafting compelling stories about our mission and work for different constituencies.

The typical day for a Graphic Design Intern might include designing a chapbook cover, creating flyers or posters, designing displays for 826DC’s storefront, illustrating a field trip book, and more.

Where are former interns now?

Former interns have gone on to be teachers, graduate students in education, freelance graphic designers, editors, nonprofit leaders, and 826DC staff members.

Are your internships compensated?

Most 826DC internships are not compensated. We are actively working to change this for the future. Through partnerships with Georgetown University’s Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice and George Washington University, select internships receive stipends or federal-work study hours. If your university has a program to provide compensation towards internships, we’d love to hear about how we can partner!

Do you offer a transportation stipend?

Currently, 826DC does not provide a transportation stipend for staff or interns.

Will I get to meet Dave Eggers?

It is unlikely. You may have the opportunity to meet other amazing and talented writers and, if you are a writer yourself, to share your work at our volunteer-led reading series, the lowercase. Former interns have met Kyle Dargan, W. Ralph Eubanks, ZZ Packer, Dinaw Mengestu, Jake Tapper, and others.