We’re looking for a Scholastic Awards Intern

We are looking for a Scholastic intern for January through April/May. During this time we receive the bulk of submissions (deadline is January 8th), arrange for judges to adjudicate the competition, send out notifications, prepare students’ awards, hold winner’s ceremonies, and plan post-awards events.

Our interns assist with all aspects of running the program. In the beginning, you will manage submissions and help coordinate with the judges. Later, you’ll help prepare notification and student awards. Then come the ceremonies, which is actually the fun part – meeting the students whose writing and artwork has won them an award, and seeing firsthand what it means to them. No experience in these areas is necessary, however you must be willing to perform a wide variety of duties.

In the process you will gain hands on experience working with the oldest and largest art and writing competition in the country. Casita and the Scholastic Awards are both non-profit organizations whose goals are centered around the betterment of our community. Anyone interested in seeing how that kind of work is managed on a practical level is encouraged to apply.

About us: Located in the Bronx, Casita Maria is a non-profit, community-centered organization which houses many programs designed to promote arts and education, including many after school classes. One of these programs is the NYC region of The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a 90 year old nation-wide competition for students in grades 7 through 12.

The Scholastic Awards exist because there are so few programs to encourage young people in their pursuit of writing and art. In the display cases of high schools you are likely to see trophies for football or even mathematics, but little in the way of awards for art and writing.

Our goal is to recognize those students doing great work in art and writing, and by so doing nurture their talent. Last year we received over 8,000 submissions in NYC alone. We were able to recognize 1,400 individual students for their writing and art. The Awards boasts many accomplished alumni, including Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, John Lithgow, Robert Redford, Richard Avedon, and Lena Dunham.

If you are interested, please contact mreilly@casitamaria.org. Include the reasons why this internship interests you, and what, if any, qualifications you have.

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