Apply to be a Creative Writing Intern!

April 16, 2018


Want to be an Intern in the Creative Writing Program at UCSC? Applications are now open for 2018-2019 positions! Students who will be seniors next year are encouraged to apply. 



Students must be in the creative writing concentration at the time of application. Preference will be given to students who will be seniors in 2018-2019. Must be organized, responsible, possess excellent time management skills, be willing to try new things, able to work with several supervisors, act calm under pressure, and possess excellent communication skills in person and in email. Desired skills or assets include the ability to speak in front of a large audience, use of powerpoint, use of a car and license, the ability to make a poster in Photoshop, Indesign, or equivalent program, and time over the summer to write grants. No experience necessary. Our ideal candidates will have a unique vision they want to see executed during their time as an intern and be passionate about developing new skills under strict deadlines. 


Instructions for Applying

Send a resume and cover letter to by  the deadline: Monday, May 21 by 11:59PM. The resume and cover letter should be Word or PDF files. The subject line of the email should read “Application for 2018 - 2019 Internship” and the body of the message should have your first and last name, year, ucsc email address, and phone number. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at


Cover Letter Requirements:

Tell us in your cover letter why you want to be an Intern in the Creative Writing Program, the skills you possess, of any relevant experience and tell us all the Intern roles that you are interested in. The available intern roles are: Co-Host of Writers’ Society, Co-Host of Living Writers’ Series, Summer Grant Writer, Driving Coordinator for Visiting Authors, Website and Social Media Manager, Poster Designer, Living Writers Video Recorder, Weekly Newsletter Creator, Liaison to Kresge Writers’ House, and Liaison to Publications and Student Media. A brief description of the roles are listed below. 


***Please note that if you are interested in the Driving Coordinator role, let us know if you have a car and a license and if you are willing to drive authors.

***If you are interested in the Poster Designer role, you may submit a sample poster/flyer in PDF format along with your application to by the deadline Monday, May 21st.


Roles & Responsibilities:

Co-Host of Writers’ Society:

  • Responsible for hosting a weekly meeting of students who want to write and have their work edited.

  • Provide helpful critique of pieces in progress brought in by fellow students.

  • Conducting writing exercises in a helpful and thoughtful environment.

Co-Host of Living Writers Series:

  • Responsible for creating slides of announcements and for visiting authors each Thursday for the Living Writers Series

  • Manages lighting and technology setup for the Living Writers Series

Summer Grant Writer:

  • Responsible for the application process of the grants for the fall series of Authors.

  • This process includes communicating professionally between the Authors and the Literature department staff, and it includes the handling of the Author’s extremely personal information.

Driving Coordinator for Visiting Authors:

  • The driving coordinator must personally pick up, or ask another intern to pick up, each visiting author that needs a ride.

Website and Social Media Manager:

  • Responsible for taking care of all social media accounts and the Creative Writing Website

  • Ensuring that web pages are accurate, updated, and posted on a timely basis

Poster Designer:

  • Responsible for designing and distributing a Living Writers Series Poster at the beginning of each quarter

Living Writers Video Recorder:

  • Responsible for filming the Living Writers Series every Thursday.

Weekly Newsletter Creator:

  • Responsible for sending out a weekly Creative Writing Newsletter with announcements/opportunities to all enrolled Creative Writing Students

Liaison to Kresge Writers’ House:

  • Keep in contact with Kresge College with current creative writing events on campus.

  • Host an event at the beginning of the year for Kresge Freshman interested in Creative Writing.

Liaison to Publications and Student Media:

  • Responsible for communicating between the Creative Writing Department and all student publications/ student media organizations on-campus