Worlds of Words Diversity Audit Intern

Sponsor Organization

Worlds of Words


Worlds of Words seeks a highly motivated individual with an interest in children’s and young adult literature 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 Worlds of Words’s acquisitions and maintenance process with an emphasis on our dedication to creating an exemplary collection of globally representative and culturally authentic books.

Reports to: Coordinator of Outreach and Collections

Duties include:

  • Exporting data from File Maker Pro into Excel
  • Creating categories for diversity audit
  • Handling individual books to evaluate for specified criteria
  • Identifying books to transfer to another section or remove from the collection
  • Process new books to put in collection
  • Recommend books for purchase
  • Writing reports based on collected data
  • Carrying out light administrative tasks

Duties may include:

  • Preparing social media updates
  • Creating rotating book displays in the collection
  • Collaborating with and assisting other members of the WOW outreach team
  • Writing articles for and other platforms
  • Providing patron service in person, on the phone and online
  • Assisting co-workers with events and duties

Hours and compensations


Interns will be scheduled for 8.5 to 9 hours each week. WOW 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.


This is an unpaid internship; however this 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 Previews of unpublished and newly published books for children and teens.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.


  • Ability to type 40+ wpm
  • Strong Internet research skills
  • Strong interest in current events around the globe
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively on a team
  • Familiarity with Office Suite

How to apply

Send a cover letter, resume and one short nonfiction writing samples or excerpts (preferably journalistic articles) of no more than 500 words. E-mail preferred: Send e-mail with Word or PDF attachments to Rebecca Ballenger at Please put “Diversity Intern” as the subject header. We will contact you only if you have been selected for an interview.