The Guild Literary Complex offers educational internship opportunities for school credit to qualified undergraduate and graduate students. We are seeking motivated, responsible, and independent individuals interested in arts administration and programming, social media & marketing, social justice, and more to work with the Guild on a variety of projects throughout the year.

The Guild is a small 30-year old literary arts organization with a limited staff. An internship with the Guild is ideal for students who can solve problems and meet goals independently, taking on project-based assignments with the guidance and oversight of the Guild staff or Board members.

The Guild can work with you to design an internship that meets your interests and experience, as well as your institution's requirements to qualify to receive credit. If you are interested in an internship with the Guild, send an email to with your area(s) of interest and the name of your learning institution; please include the word "Internship" in your subject line.

Internship Opportunity: Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern will assist the organization in marketing and communication needs related to both the organization overall and its programming. The intern will follow a marketing plan created by the organization’s Marketing Consultant, gaining experience in online and social media promotions, audience engagement, research and database management, and visual and webpage design.

This is a remote position. However, the intern will have access to the Chicago Literary Alliance coworking space in the West Loop. Hours are flexible, though attendance at some monthly events and meetings, including one-on-one meetings with Guild staff, are required. The intern reports to, and is evaluated by, the Guild’s Executive Director and Programming & Development Associate.

The internship is available for variable terms, according to the needs and requirements of the student and their home institution, beginning November 2020 with an anticipated 5-10 hours of work per week.


  • Manage the Guild’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), including all public interactions within accounts
  • Extend social media reach by monitoring, connecting with, liking, sharing, re-tweeting content from friends’ and partners’ accounts
  • Research, create, and, where necessary, design 3-4 unique posts per account per week (original content + re-posts/shares)
  • Create Facebook events for all Guild events
  • Assist Guild staff with requested e-blast execution, website edits, and updates
    Research and maintain a database of Guild artists’ social media accounts
  • Provide marketing support for all Guild programming and fundraising endeavors, including, when requested, conducting research and generating content and design for social media, website, press, printed materials, etc.
  • Attend Guild events and assist with logistics, including event documentation
  • Attend meetings as requested
  • Schedule and attend at least two meetings per month with the Guild representative(s) overseeing the internship for check-in, evaluation & feedback, and new plans & assignments
  • Keep track of hours worked and tasks accomplished
  • Fulfill all requirements and remain in good standing with internship program at home institution



  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Reliable access to a computer and the internet
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Solid understanding of marketing techniques
  • Experience with design principles and software (Canva or InDesign/Photoshop preferred)
  • Familiarity with most online platforms, Microsoft Office, or other word processing programs
  • Proficient in MailChimp and WordPress.
  • Strong passion for social justice and literary programming, interest in and familiarity with the neighborhoods, communities, histories, and culture of Chicago preferred
  • Currently enrolled as a student in an undergraduate or graduate program


  • A student proficient in social media and marketing strategies will gain first-hand experience applying those strategies to the operations and objectives of a small literary arts nonprofit. Intern will be privy to planning the Guild’s unique programming and will join a small team in the effort to communicate, promote, and document the Guild’s work.
  • This internship is ideal for a mature, self-motivated student who can solve problems and meet goals independently. It will best serve a student with significant social media, marketing, content creation, and/or design experience and know-how who is interested in how those tools can be applied to further the goals of a small arts nonprofit.
  • Students from arts administration or nonprofit management programs would be excellent candidates, as would students in the humanities seeking experience in an arts nonprofit or in arts and literature-related marketing. A particular interest in and familiarity with poetry, live performance, social justice, working with diverse communities, and/or the history and culture of Chicago would be beneficial.

Please reach out to for more information about how to apply and to discuss requirements for you to earn credit through your school’s internship program.


Guild Literary Complex
641 West Lake Street, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60661

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