Fighting Words 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 at a variety of locations, as well as the chance to get involved in the running of an NGO.

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

What does an intern do?

  • Serving as a tutor/mentor at both primary and secondary school workshops
  • Leading primary and secondary school workshops weekly
  • Assisting in the daily management of primary school programmes – welcoming and assigning roles to the volunteer team, assisting with set up and clean up
  • Participating in off-site workshops as part of a team of tutors, as required, both at other Fighting Words sites and other locations
  • Assisting with all aspects of 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
  • At the direction of the General Manager, any other duties in addition to or in lieu of the above

What qualities are we seeking in an intern?

  • Love of writing, reading, books and words in general
  • Previous experience working with young people is an advantage - you should really enjoy working with both younger children and teenagers, age 7-17
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written – both with adults and children
  • Ability to work well as part of a team to deliver workshops with both staff and volunteers
  • Flexibility – a willingness to jump in and do what needs to be done, from tutoring writing to bringing out the bins
  • Web skills and experience with InDesign desktop publishing are a definite plus but not a requirement
  • Sense of humour

Additional Information
The internship is offered for three to six months from September 2017, i.e. a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months

Hours: 20 hours per week, typically two full week days and every other Saturday – but this is flexible

Fighting Words covers weekly public transport costs and provides a daily lunch stipend.

How do I apply?
Please complete the online intern application form.  Applications will only be accepted using the 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.  Interviews are scheduled for Friday, August 25th, 2017.

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

Closing date for applications is 4pm on Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Fighting Words is committed to equality of opportunity