Published July 15, 2021

The Virginia Festival of the Book offers paid internships to students at the University of Virginia and other colleges or universities in Virginia. These internships provide selected students with hands-on, professional experience in program development and large-scale event planning, marketing and promotion, and youth outreach, in order to develop future leaders in the non-profit arts and culture sector. 

Festival interns will work with the Festival director and support staff, assisting in all aspects of planning and realizing the annual Festival, one of the most celebrated literary festivals in the East Coast. Students with an interest in books, publishing, marketing and communications, media, event planning, and authors especially enjoy working in the Festival offices. 

All interns will have the opportunity to further develop their time management and communication skills; writing and research capabilities; and complex project management skills, including planning and scheduling. Interns will also gain an understanding of working in a non-profit organization.

Qualified candidates will have the ability to work well in a fast-paced, team environment. All interns must be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and flexible.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. To apply, please submit your application via Handshake below or email your resume and cover letter to in PDF format.

SCHEDULING: The Virginia Festival of the Book takes place March 16-20, 2022. Each internship requires 10 hours per week from the beginning of September 2021 through mid-April 2022 in support of the planning, execution, and wrap-up of the 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book. Internships will be hybrid, with some work taking place in-person at our Charlottesville offices and other work that may take place remotely.



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