Fighting Words – the creative writing centre in Dublin– is seeking an intern!

Fighting Words offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings, creative writing workshops for secondary students in the afternoons as well as workshops covering all aspects of writing in the evenings, at weekends and during the school holidays.  All tutoring is provided by trained and vetted volunteer mentors.

Interns assist Fighting Words staff with all aspects of programme and project management.  Interns are also responsible for regular administration tasks and also assist in event planning. We offer the opportunity to work with primary and secondary school age students in a supportive and fun environment, as well as the chance to get involved in editorial work, special projects and the running of an NGO.

If you enjoy writing, reading and working with children and young people, we would like to hear from you!

What does the intern do?

  • Serving as a tutor/mentor at both primary and secondary school workshopsAssisting in the daily management of primary school programmes –assigning roles to the volunteer team, leading the session and/or producing books for each student as required
  • Assisting with general maintenance: setting up for sessions, ensuring that public areas are clean and tidy and clean up following workshops
  • Participating in off-site workshops, as required - both at locations in Dublin and/or around Ireland
  • Assisting with all aspects of occasional workshops at both weekends and during school holiday periods aimed at both primary and secondary level
  • General office administration, including updating the Fighting Words website and database
  • Event management assistance, particularly planning, helping during the event and any required tasks following events
  • Special projects related to a particular area of interest, by arrangement with the General Manager 

What qualities are we seeking in an intern?

  • Enthusiasm for the written word in all its forms: fiction, plays, song, etc. – required
  • Previous experience working with children and young people a distinct advantage but not strictly necessary
  • Previous experience in working in a team
  • Flexibility – the ability to take on different roles in order to ensure that programmes run smoothly
  • Strong verbal communication skills: the ability to speak confidently to parents and participants about Fighting Words and its programmes
  • Excellent administration skills
  • Previous experience running workshops and activities for children a distinct advantage
  • Sense of humour

Additional Information

The internship is offered for a minimum of four months to a maximum of six months beginning mid-October 2019. Fighting Words covers weekly public transport costs and provides a daily lunch stipend.  

Hours: 20 hours per week and hours are flexible

How do I apply?
Please complete the online intern application form.  Applications will only be accepted using this application form.

Suitable candidates will be short-listed for interview and are subject to reference checking. The successful candidate will also be subject to Garda Vetting.  

Closing date for applications is 4pm on Wednesday, September 25th.
Interviews are scheduled for Friday, October 4th.

Any other questions?  Ring the Fighting Words office on 01 894 4576 or send an email Sara Bennett.

Fighting Words is committed to equality of opportunity