Paddlestar Galactica, the ping-pong tournament event supporting 826DC’s programs, returns on Saturday, April 27th, 1 PM to 4 PM at SPIN DC! Learn more and sign up here.

Join our team

If 826DC’s mission aligns with your own career goals, check out our open positions.

(Note: We review applications for our fall internships on a rolling basis each August and early September, and for our spring internships on a rolling basis each December and January.)


826DC Executive Director

We’re hiring an Executive Director to enthusiastically steer 826DC’s highly successful and unique model into its next era! Guided by a shared exuberance for our mission and our existing strategic plan, you’d be responsible for the overall administration and management of 826DC. That includes fundraising, business operations, and educational programs.

The salary for this role is $100,000 to $115,000, with a comprehensive benefits package including 100% employer-covered healthcare, a 36-hour work week (half-days on Fridays), and a 401K with a 1% match.

We’re working with search firm Good Insight to find the best person for this role.


826DC Educational Programming Intern

Educational Programming Interns support 826DC’s onsite and offsite writing programs, publishing projects, and resource and curriculum development! You’ll work directly with our students, getting firsthand classroom management experience and finding your stride as an educator. You’ll also get to dive into the backend of our writing programs. That will involve everything from working with student involvement data to proofreading, bookbinding, and more.


826DC Communications and Development Intern

Communications and Development Interns help the community get to know, fall in love with, and support 826DC! You’ll do social media and marketing work, dive into development and fundraising, get professional event planning experience, analyze how the community engages with 826DC, and more.


Guest Teaching Artists

We bring in guest teaching artists to connect with 826DC’s young writers. Teaching artists—adults in fields from writing to visual art to rocket science and more—work with our program managers to design and lead sessions within our writing residencies in schools and at our writing center.



We hire illustrators to bring our material to life! These projects are generally cover illustrations and/or spot illustrations for student-written books and other student publications.