Looking for a Fabulous Summer Internship?

Posted March 10, 2015 & filed under News.

interns sw 610Writers in the Schools (WITS) is looking for interns for Summer 2015. Interns will work in Houston, Texas, in a variety of areas, gaining experience in creative writing instruction, early childhood education, non-profit administration, marketing, and/or arts education. Internships also serve as networking opportunities to meet colleagues in education, arts education, and creative writing fields. Upon successful completion of the internship, WITS will serve as a reference and will provide letters of recommendation. Please visit our website to read about and apply for one of our three internships: Education Marketing, Meta-Four Assistant Coach, and Teaching Assistant.

College Students: Become a WITS Intern

Posted March 8, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Summer 2012 Internships

College students, if you are interested in:

  • creative writing
  • K-12 education
  • early childhood education
  • arts education
  • community service
then we have some good news for you.

Writers in the Schools is recruiting one full-time and several part-time interns to serve as summer workshop assistants. Interns will work in a variety of areas, gaining experience in creative writing instruction, early childhood education, non-profit administration, and arts education.

Each summer Writers in the Schools and the School Literacy and Culture Project (Rice University) sponsor the Creative Writing Camp. Nearly 1,000 children in grades K-12 participate in the workshops, which provide a supportive environment where children write stories, poetry, essays, and plays. Children are divided into small groups by age, and they get to work with teachers as well as writers. The low teacher-student ratio ensures individual attention.

Teaching Assistant Internship (part-time, June 1 – 29, 2012)

Adolescent Literary Arts Curriculum Intern (full-time, June 1 – July 26, 2012)

Deadline to Apply = April 13, 2012

Through the Eyes of an Intern: My Summer at WITS

Posted July 27, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

When I applied to intern at Writers in the Schools (WITS), I wasn’t exactly sure what I would learn. As an education major, I had no background in creative writing and very limited experience with non-profits. I wondered what sort of insights would I gain from working with WITS. Two short months later, I am leaving 1523 West Main with an armful of incredible experiences and valuable lessons learned.

Getting to be a fly on the wall at the WITS office this summer, I was given an authentic experience of the non-profit world. I was invited to sit in on meetings, converse with the WITS staff, and participate in the summer programs. From those opportunities, I have learned about non-profit structure and some of the challenges of non-profit involvement in education. I now have a true appreciation for the “behind the scenes” work of non-profit programming and am grateful for the effort that non-profit organizations put into positively affecting the community.

Interning with WITS has also influenced the type of teacher I will be in the future. Before WITS, I really hadn’t given much thought to the involvement of creativity in the classroom. That’s what the art and music teacher focused on, right? After observing the Summer Creative Writing Workshops this summer, experiencing how the students became so engaged and excited about learning and teachers who were passionate about authentic learning experiences, I will never again disregard the importance of creativity and imagination in the classroom.

I realized that when a teacher’s emphasis is moved from student performance to student experience, engaging students with opportunities to explore and create, authentic learning is the natural result. The teacher is also provided with an incredible platform to get to know a student through their artistic expression, enriching the student-teacher relationship. Through WITS, I have gained this understanding, which will affect not only how I teach, but also the students that I teach.

I am honored to have been welcomed into Writers in the Schools this summer. I am grateful for my experience of working for an organization with true passion for quality fine arts education and belief in the importance of every person’s story. Thank you WITS, for the lessons I have learned and the experiences you have given me. You will always be a part of my story.

By Megan McKitrick

[Megan McKitrick was the 2011 ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program Intern at WITS. She is a rising junior at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.]

Summer Internship for Teen Writers

Posted May 3, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Are you a teenager who loves to write? Are you interested in youth entrepreneurship? Would you like to work in a digital office?

A group called Raising CEO Kids is offering teen writers a chance to join with other teens to learn how to run a business. To qualify for the journalist position, you must be willing to work at least 2 hours per week and be willing to write articles about business, finance, or life as a teen entrepreneur.

Stand-out writers may have the opportunity to join the CEO Kids Advisory Council and/or be invited to stay on for a school-year internship. For more information about this great opportunity to hone your writing skills, connect with other teens, and build your resume, click here.

WITS 2010 Summer Internships

Posted February 19, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

Writers in the Schools is recruiting one full-time and 15 part-time interns to serve as assistants for our Summer Creative Writing Workshops. Interns will work in a variety of areas, gaining experience in creative writing instruction, early childhood education, non-profit administration, and/or arts education.

Visit our website to learn more about the internships and how to apply. Applications are due April 1, 2010.

WITS and the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program

Posted August 6, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

miram chron photoWITS had the great pleasure of working with Miriam Sitz this summer.  She was the recipient of an internship with WITS through the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program.  ExxonMobil began this project as a way to provide real world experience to college students in a variety of fields.  The ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program is designed to match college students with organizations that fit with the student’s professional ambitions.  In Miriam’s case, her area of interest was curriculum development and intermediate language education which made her a perfect candidate to work with WITS during the Summer Creative Writing Workshops.  Click here to read the Houston Chronicle story about the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program.

Click here to find out more about WITS interships.