Development & Grant Writing Internship

Development internships are intended for qualified applicants seeking hands-on experience in fundraising, nonprofit development, and/or public relations. The Development intern works closely with the Development Coordinator to maintain grant and donor relations and to research and cultivate new relations.

What you’ll do

  • research potential new sources of funding
  • draft, proofread, and submit grant proposals and letters of intent (LOIs)
  • assist with Red Hen’s outreach programs, particularly Writing in the Schools
  • create and edit materials to help solicit support for the press
  • maintain and update development databases
  • provide general Development support such as data entry, filing, scanning, mailing, and other administrative duties as needed

You should apply if

  • you love books and reading
  • you want to help your local literary community thrive
  • you’d like to work in publishing, public relations, and/or at a nonprofit
  • you like to write and know how to conduct research
  • you believe in Red Hen’s mission to “discover and publish works of literary excellence, support diversity, and foster youth literacy”

Applicants should also meet these additional requirements:

  • able to commit to 16–24 hours per week for 4–6 months
  • have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree program
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a meticulous attention to detail, a self-starting attitude, the ability to maintain deadlines and work efficiently without close supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • have computer literacy, particularly with Microsoft Office and Windows 7 and 10
  • previous experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or publishing preferred but not required

Internship benefits

In addition to gaining relevant, department-specific experience and potential work samples, all interns are eligible to participate in: free workshops and presentations on various topics taught by our experienced staff; an intern luncheon and Q&A with our Managing Editor and Publisher; and Red Hen readings and events. Interns also receive complimentary books and course credit (if applicable).


To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to, with the subject line “Development Internship.” Only PDF and .doc/.docx files will be considered.

Please apply to only one internship at a time; if you are interested in more than one position, please apply to your first choice and indicate your second choice in your cover letter.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please note that all internship positions are unpaid.

All applications that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.