Fighting Words - Seeking An Intern in Dublin!

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?

  • Working directly with students at all workshops and summer camps. This may include, but is not limited to, planning and preparation of workshops, providing assistance to students during workshops and clean-up following workshops, designing and delivering group activities and leading school workshops as required.  Examples include assisting with tutoring writing, prop construction, performing in student films and plays, etc.
  • Managing summer camp registrations: daily registration of children and related activities.
  • Assisting in the administration and preparation of summer programmes: ensuring that materials are ready prior to the start of the day, supervising break and lunch periods, etc.
  • General office administration, including but not limited to updating the Fighting Words social media accounts, updating the Fighting Words database and calendar or events and other administrative duties.
  • 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?

  • 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 May 2019.

Hours: 20 - 30 hours per week and hours are 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 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.  

Interviews are scheduled for Wednesday, April 24th

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

Closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday, April 5th.

Fighting Words is committed to equality of opportunity