Summer Internship Opportunity: Chicago Writers Conference


We just received word of this amazing internship opportunity with the Chicago Writers Conference this summer. The Chicago Writers Conference (CWC) is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that connects writers with publishing professionals and encourages writers to grow their careers in Chicago.

Please download the PDF with further details here. Please let Professor Chris Green know if you are accepted at cgreen1 (at)

Spring/Summer Internship Bonanza!

We here at the Underground have been on the receiving end of a flurry of emails regarding openings at a number of Chicago and Chicago-area organizations with openings for spring and summer interns.

We know you hear this all the time, but it bears repeating: internships have gone from recommended to necessary over the last decade in terms of experience-building, resume-boosting, and network-forging.

There’s no worse feeling than crafting your first resume the day after you hand in your cap and gown and realizing you don’t have a whole lot to put on that blank page.

Finding the right career path for you can take years of trial and error, and that’s natural. However, the time to try out and explore potential jobs and roles is NOW, when you have the time and life situation to work for little or no money for short periods of time. It’s win-win!

Lecture over. On to the opportunities! NOTE: These are highlights from Professor Chris Green’s roundup of all available internships for English students! Please download the PDF of this mailing (Spring Internships 2015) if you missed it in your inbox. 

story club

  • Story Club Magazine, a literary journal for literary performance, is seeking a marketing and editorial intern. Applicants should have an interest in nonfiction and be willing and able to spend time at literary events in the evenings.  We accept grad or undergrad applicants.  Go here for a PDF of further details and information about applying.


  • Kaye Publicity Internship (for Summer Quarter Internship only). Kaye Publicity is a full-service public relations agency specializing in publishing and entertainment. Let talent shine! Send resume and cover letter (we recommend looking over their website thoroughly ahead of writing your cover letter) to dana (at)

icarcerated voices

  • Incarcerated Voices® is an exploration into the circumstances and conditions of incarceration through the eyes, ears, and hearts of prisoners. The organization seeks to foster insight into the prisoner’s responses to broaden the general public’s understanding of the prison population today. IV is a project of the Freeform Radio Initiative. Go here for a PDF describing the opportunity and how to apply. *N.B.: Their preference is graduate students but they are willing to consider motivated undergraduate students as well.

Don’t forget to contact Professor Green, who heads the program in English Department internships, if you are chosen!

Web Internship Opportunity with Chicago Artist’s Resource (deadline January 31, 2015)


Students, see below for an exceptional internship opportunity sure to be a worthwhile experience for those interest din digital publishing and the arts!

The Web Intern reports to the Digital Director and will be responsible for assisting with social media management as well as web and email content development for CAR ( and CAC ( Through this position, the intern will learn about all aspects of digital content creation, publishing, marketing, and measurement.

This is a unpaid internship for a non-profit arts organization. College credit can be arranged for undergraduate or graduate students. This position is for 15–20 hours/week. Ideally the length of internship is six months.

Please visit the posting page at the CAR website for more information and application details. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2015. 

Job Description
  • Edit web content for clarity and appropriateness
  • Create visually rich posts for social media
  • Produce and edit email newsletters
  • Field customer service inquiries and issues from the CAR community
  • Assist in content development for internal and external advertising campaigns

Submit application materials by January 31, 2015.

The Poetry Foundation Web Internship Opportunity (deadline 9/16/14) is accepting applications from English literature students at an undergraduate or graduate level for a paid web internship. The intern is expected to work 10 hours per week in our Chicago office from October through May. The position offers practical experience working for a multi-faceted poetry website.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, also publishes, a major Web site for English-language poetry. At the core of the new site is an extensive poetry archive, which includes more than 11,000 poems by more than 2,000 poets.

Please visit the listing at the Foundation’s Jobs page for details on how to apply. The deadline is September 16, 2014.