Program Internships with BtB

Join our Program team this semester! We’re now offering a number of internships, including one opportunity to support our in-school literacy programs. To apply for a Program Internship, read the application details below. For information on internships in Development and Social Media/ Marketing, see our related posts.


Program Intern

Location: New York, New York, 10030, United States
Organization: Behind the Book
Area of Focus: Children and Youth, Education and Academia
Last day to apply: Ongoing
Paid or unpaid: Unpaid

Description: Behind the Book is a literacy non-profit that serves students in low-income NYC public schools. Working with classrooms from pre-K-12, Behind the Book identifies books that speak to urban youth, and partners with teachers to create immersive curriculum units by bringing the authors of those books into the classroom.

Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their books and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers, and ultimately guiding them in the creation and publication of their own original work. Learn more about Behind the Book on our website and blog.

Behind the Book seeks a Program Intern to assist with the design, implementation, and administration of our school programs. The intern will work closely with the director of Programs and the Program Coordinators to support all aspects of our school programs. This is ideal for a student who is interested in education as a career path.

This is an unpaid position based in our Harlem office. Candidates can receive academic credit. Commitment is for one semester, 2-3 days per week, hours are flexible.

Program Intern responsibilities include:

  • Creating lesson plans, activities and worksheets for our school programs
  • Revising existing classroom resources to fit needs of new program
  • Cataloguing existing curricula, lessons and other resources in BtB’s Curricula Database
  • Assisting as a volunteer in the classroom when needed Supporting staff with program logistics and administration, including cataloging student work and keeping track of program documents such as evaluation forms, release forms etc.
  • Conducting research on books and authors for our programs and ordering review copies of books
  • Managing the Behind the Book library
  • Planning and participating in community events and fundraisers
  • Providing support to Executive Director and Board of Directors as necessary

Qualifications: The intern will be essential in supporting a growing organization and will gain valuable skills and experience in project management and nonprofit work. We are looking for an outgoing energetic student and a passion for urban education. The successful candidate will be someone who is detail-oriented, eager to learn and able to manage tasks independently.

Excellent written and oral communication skills are required, as are strong computer skills in Microsoft Office. A background in education theory or previous teaching experience a plus. The ideal candidate will have experience with lesson planning and teaching. Candidates with an interest in, and knowledge of, writers and poets of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application instructions: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a brief (one page) writing sample to Alana Benoit at Please indicate “Program Intern” in the subject heading of your email.

Behind the Book is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

Behind the Book
216 West 135th Street, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10030
(212) 222-3627