Intern With Us!

Summer 2017 Internship

Want to join a dynamic team working to share the joy of reading with local children? Looking to learn more about working in the nonprofit sector and make valuable connections in the community? Book Harvest is accepting applications for our summer intern NOW!

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At Book Harvest, we believe books are a vital tool to help all children succeed in school and in life.
Did you know that the number one predictor of academic success for children is book ownership? Unfortunately, 67% of American children growing up in poverty own no books at all. At Book Harvest, we are changing the literacy landscape in the Triangle one child and one book at a time! Since our founding in 2011, we have distributed over 530,000 books to local children who might otherwise own no books at all.

As the summer intern at Book Harvest, you will gain valuable experience and have access to significant mentorship and networking opportunities. We are an energetic and fast-growing nonprofit organization with deep roots in the local community, and as a small, nimble team, our staff and interns all work closely with our community partners and other nonprofit organizations.

The responsibilities of the intern will include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Working with our staff on our four core programs: Community Book Bank, Book Babies, Books on Break, and Books to Go.
  • Staffing our front desk and greeting visitors and volunteers.
  • Helping to manage our book inventory and prepare our donated books for distribution.
  • Assisting with our blog and supporting our social media outreach on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Helping to set up systems and databases, and entering data.
  • Writing personal acknowledgements to book donors and financial donors.
  • Coordinating with volunteer groups to run book drives and book sorting events.
  • Filling in as liaison to our book distribution partners when needed.

IMG_3201An ideal applicant should have a passion for children’s literacy and social justice; strong writing skills; an enthusiasm for working with the public, including volunteers, donors, and children; plenty of initiative and creativity; and proficiency with presentation tools, social media, and networking. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred but not required, and students of color and students from local colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

This is a great opportunity to be part of an energetic and entrepreneurial nonprofit and to gain valuable grassroots skills and leadership experience. This internship will be based in Durham; some time will be spent out of the office, and access to a car is required. Some heavy lifting is involved.

This internship requires a minimum of 32 hours per week from approximately June 5 through August 11 and will include a small stipend. Occasional availability on Saturdays may be necessary. Interested applicants should email a resume, statement of interest, and two references to Daniele Berman, Community Partnerships Manager, at daniele@bookharvestnc.orgThe priority deadline is Friday, February 17, 2017, and the position will remain open until filled. A pdf of the job description is available for download here.