Worlds of Words Book Festival Intern

Sponsor Organization

Worlds of Words


Worlds of Words seeks a highly motivated individual with an interest in children’s and young adult literature and book promotions for an internship in our collection located on the fourth floor of the College of Education. This internship allows individuals to participate in all areas of WOW’s outreach and particularly our role in leadership as organizers for the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) Children’s and Teens strand.

Reports to: Worlds of Words Associate Director

Duties include:

  • Planning, staffing, set-up/clean-up, and running the Worlds of Words festival booth
  • Providing support for CATS Fiesta Friday
  • Preparing social media updates
  • Creating rotating book displays in the collection
  • Writing and submitting event listings to local calendars
  • Organizing volunteers
  • Preparing thank-you letters and follow-ups
  • Carrying out light administrative tasks

Other duties may include:

  • Preparing an electronic news blast
  • Preparing publicity materials, including flyers, signs, and press releases
  • Collaborating with and assisting other members of the Worlds of Words outreach team
  • Selection and digital manipulation of images for marketing purposes
  • Providing patron service in person, on the phone, and online
  • Assisting co-workers with events and duties


  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to type 40+ wpm
  • Strong Internet research skills
  • Familiarity with Associated Press style
  • Strong interest in current events around the globe
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively on a team
  • Familiarity with Macs and Microsoft Word
  • Familiarity with WordPress desired, but not required

Hours and compensations


You will work 45 hours for each credit earned. Worlds of Words allows for a flexible schedule. While we will track the hours the Intern puts in to report back to the University of Arizona English Department, we are more interested in the completion of tasks.

Preference will be given to candidates with an interest in working two semesters.


This is an unpaid internship; however this is qualifies for the 3-credit internship for ENGL 393 or equivalent.


Exposure to authors and illustrators, the book industry and current literary climate. Previews of unpublished and newly published books for children and teens. Networking opportunities and job skills development. Possible publication by-lines. Relevant skills in online platforms. A fun and engaging work environment located on campus.

How to apply

Send in a cover letter, resume, and two short non-fiction writing samples or excerpts (preferably journalistic articles) of no more than 500 words. Send in the materials with Word or PDF attachments to Rebecca Ballenger at Please put "Book Festival Intern" in the subject line. We will contact you only if you have been selected for an interview.