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Web/Design Internship (Remote Unpaid Internship)

The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community with our library, writers studio, bookstore, and café-bar.

We’re known for our Emerging Writer Fellowships, KidsRead/KidsWrite programs for NYC public schools, reading groups, writing workshops, and literary events, including our innovative panels, performances, lectures, and conversations. We are seeking a Web/Design intern to help us maintain and expand our dynamic website and generate eye-catching materials. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about the literary world and interested in working in Web and Graphic Design.

In addition to gaining experience in Web and Design, this is a great opportunity to practice literary citizenship, learn more about the nonprofit and literary worlds, and to get hands-on experience that could translate to work in publishing, marketing, and independent bookstores.

This is a remote position. The Web/Design intern will report directly to the Graphic Designer & Webmaster (Matt Kafoury) and may also collaborate with other departments.

Duties may include:

  • Reviewing content and programming pages on The Center’s website, ensuring the site is up to date
  • Revising website content and uploading additional webpages from new and existing content
  • Back-end website ‘housekeeping,’ making sure products, confirmation emails, and orders are organized and accurate
  • File naming, storage, and organization
  • Conducting design research and gathering creative inspiration
  • Brainstorming graphics for e-blasts, social media, print, and more

This is a non-paying internship, but benefits include:

  • Free Center for Fiction Membership (complete with all membership perks and discounts)
  • Additional bookstore/café discounts
  • One free CFF boot camp writing workshop with a highly regarded professional author
  • A letter of recommendation after meeting goals and expectations for the season
  • In some cases, this internship can be applied to college credit.

The internship runs from February to May 2022 with the potential to continue longer. This remote position is approximately 10 hours per week, minimum, with the potential for more hours.

To apply, please email Matt Kafoury at matt@centerforfiction.org with your résumé, cover letter, and an online or PDF design portfolio (optional) by 1/25/22. Include “Web/Design Internship – [Your Name]” in the subject line.

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Events Photography Internship (Unpaid)

The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to celebrating fiction. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community.

We’re known for our special literary events, including our innovative panels, performances, lectures, and conversations, and we need interns to help them run smoothly. We are seeking student photographers who are passionate about the literary world and who want to participate as a team to ensure the programs here are captured for archival and promotional purposes.

This is a great opportunity to practice literary citizenship, learn more about the literary world, and to get hands-on experience with live event photography. This position collaborates with the Production Assistant, Producer, Marketing Manager, and other members of the Center for Fiction team.

Familiarity with core image concepts are a must. Complete grasp and balance of aperture, ISO, WB, depth-of-focus and more are expected. As most photos are used the day after our event, images are taken in JPEG format and not subject to post production. Prior experience working with Nikon DSLR cameras is preferred. Enthusiasm for literary events needed!

Duties include:

  • Assisting staff and production interns with the setup and breakdown of the auditorium (moving chairs, music stands, etc.)
  • Photographing guests before, during, and after events as well as shots of the audience and signing lines
  • Uploading the best photos to a drive for the marketing team and archiving the rest after each event
  • Proper care, use, and storage of CFF equipment

This is a non-paying, in-person internship. Benefits include:

  • An opportunity to meet and interact with great writers, editors, performers, artists, and other professionals
  • Free Center for Fiction Membership (complete with all membership perks and discounts)
  • One free CFF boot camp writing workshop with a highly regarded professional author
  • A letter of recommendation after meeting goals and expectations for the season
  • We are also willing to work with your school if there is an opportunity to do the internship for credit
  • Photography credits on our website and other materials
    Previous interns have gone on to internships and full-time positions with publishers

The internship runs from late-February to mid-May. Most public events are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, with occasional weekend or daytime events. Event shifts run from roughly 5pm until 9pm. The internship workload will generally range from one to three event shifts each week.

To apply, please email Eliana Cohen-Orth at eliana@centerforfiction.org with 3-5 photo samples, résumé, and cover letter with your interest in author events and photography and any relevant experience by 1/16/22.

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Facilities Assistant (Part-Time, In-Person)

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community.

We are seeking a Facilities Assistant, who will be responsible for the maintenance and care of all building spaces used by the organization.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Maintain physical space, ensuring a safe, clean, and functional environment, including cleaning of restrooms, offices, and hallways; removal of trash and recycling
  • Maintain inventory of facility supplies, restocking of necessary office supplies where needed
  • Perform upkeep of facility landscaping
  • Identify any facilities/equipment that may need to be repaired and works with the Managing Director to address issues
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to perform well in a fast-paced environment
  • Friendly and professional manner

Education and Experience: High school diploma or GED equivalent required

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods standing and walking throughout facilities
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds at times
  • Must be able to bend, lift, stretch, climb, and crawl to maintain equipment and buildings
  • Must be able to perform work in a variety of weather conditions

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday / 25 hours per week / 5 hours per day / $20 per hour; evenings preferred. In-person at The Center for Fiction.

Reports to: Managing Director

To Apply:

Please send a brief cover letter and resume to jobs@centerforfiction.org with “2022 Facilities Assistant” as the subject. Please, no calls.

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Library Intern (Unpaid)

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community. Our library collection has been in existence since our founding and continues to be a thriving part of our nonprofit. We are a membership library with a collection of literary fiction, mystery and suspense novels, and nonfiction titles about fiction. Our library interns gain experience in many facets of library work and a glimpse into a nonprofit organization with a special collection. Current MLS students encouraged to apply, but enrollment is not a requirement.

Reports directly to the Head Librarian and assists in the maintenance of the library’s collection. Tasks will include:

  • Catalog materials (both original and copy)
  • Perform circulation tasks including check out, check in, run library and patron reports, process holds
  • Assist in weeding of onsite collection, including evaluation of materials and research of authors
  • Communicate with Center for Fiction members regarding library matters
  • Perform reference and reader’s advisory (when Center reopens its member floor and library stacks)
  • Represent the Library at Book Buzz events throughout the year
  • Assist Head Librarian in reading group maintenance including minimal work on Zoom and Google sheets

SKILLS: Attention to detail, knowledge of and/or curiosity about special library collections, excellent verbal and written communication, able to juggle priorities, able to work independently on assigned tasks and work collaboratively with others, proficiency in Google apps, basic Zoom experience.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship but can be used for credit in an MLS degree program. Interns receive complimentary membership to the Center and discounts on writing workshops, reading groups and events.

PLEASE NOTE: this is an onsite position.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to allison@centerforfiction.org

The Center for Fiction is committed to building a diverse and culturally vibrant team. As an Equal Opportunity Employer we respect and value diversity and inclusion, and engage employees without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, military status, domestic violence status, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.