Wildcat Writers Community Engagement Internship

Sponsor Organization

Wildcat Writers


We are currently seeking one (1) intern for Spring 2020 to assist with the implementation of the spring phase of our high school-university partnership program. The intern will gain valuable professional writing experience and build relationships with Tucson-area high school teachers and UA faculty. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in public education, community organizing, or community-based non-profit work. Administrative and Partnership Support responsibilities detailed below.


Wildcat Writers is a network of high school and college writing teachers and students who collaborate to foster creative and critical literacies and engage in meaningful community-based action beyond the classroom. The 2017 recipient of the UA’s Peter Likins Inclusive Excellence Award, our organization constructs college access pathways for underrepresented students and nurtures the development of a social justice-oriented, national movement for high school-college partnership programs.



The ideal intern should possess the following skills and qualities:

  • Responsible, punctual, and detail oriented
  • Proficient knowledge of Google Applications, Microsoft Word, Excel, and multiple social media platforms
  • Should have interests in community education and willing to engage in self-reflection and metacognition
  • Should be majoring in a related field, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are necessary
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a diverse team
  • Preference will be given to those who have participated in Wildcat Writers
  • Note: Computer technology not provided; must provide personal laptop.

Duties and responsibilities

Administrative Responsibilities:

The Intern is responsible for assembling, cataloging, preserving, and managing collections of Wildcat Writer’s historical and current information. Duties include:

  • Arrange, digitize, and make available Wildcat Writer’s archival materials in accessible formats
  • Interview past Wildcat Writer members and produce Spotlight Profiles from interview materials
  • Attend all Wildcat Writer’s monthly board meetings
    • Record minutes
    • Share process of in-progress materials and receive feedback
  • Grow social media platform actively, maintaining weekly posts
  • Collect, record, and keep organized photo release forms

Partnership Support Responsibilities:

The Intern is responsible for supporting our program's educators.

Duties include:

  • Help research and create education activities for campus visits
  • Supply teachers with information regarding cost, transportation, ect. of culturally relevant spaces, local farms, historical sites, museums, etc. for incorporation into The Wildcat Writers Directory of Campus and Community Spaces
  • Attend 5-7 partnership events over the course of the spring semester
    • Update WW Social Media with event highlights
    • Use photography and video equipment to document classroom visits and other partnership activities
    • Keeping photo release forms organized and up to date
  • Assist in planning and execution of Wildcat Writer’s events
  • Support Wildcat Writers and Partnership needs as assigned


The intern will be scheduled for 8 hours each week during the spring semester, one hour of which will be spent working directly with the Graduate Coordinator. WW allows for a flexible schedule.

Compensation & Benefits

Developing relationships with UA and local high school students. Connection to the greater community of Tucson. This is an unpaid internship; however this internship satisfies 3 credit hours for ENGL 393 or equivalent.

How to apply

Please email Adele Leon at adele@email.arizona.edu your resume, cover letter, and two academic or professional references (only include their name, title, department/organization, phone, and email). Application materials need to be emailed to Adele (adele@email.arizona.edu) by Dec. 2, 2019.