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Mon Feb 13, 2017 - Fri Sep 01, 2017


216 West 135th StreetGround FloorNew York, NY 10030


Behind the Book works directly in New York City public schools, providing rich, innovative literacy programs to urban classrooms. Working with students from pre-K to 12th grade, Behind the Book identifies books that speak to students, then partners with teachers to create immersive curriculum units that bring the authors into classrooms. Through a series of workshops, authors discuss their book and teach a genre of writing, encouraging students to see themselves as readers and writers.

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 Programming and the Program Coordinators to support all aspects of our programs. The position is based in our Harlem office. The commitment is for one semester, minimum two days per week, hours are flexible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Working with students in classrooms
  • Managing the Behind the Book library; conducting research and managing review copies
  • Assisting with student book publication as needed
  • Supporting staff with program logistics and administration
  • Assisting in creating lesson plans, activities and worksheets for our school programs

QUALIFICATIONS: Detail-oriented, eager to learn, and able to manage tasks independently. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are required, as are strong skills in Microsoft Office. A background in education theory or previous teaching experience a plus.

TO APPLY: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a one-page writing sample to Jo Umans at info@BehindtheBook.org. "Program Intern" should appear in the subject heading of your email.

Deadlines to apply for next two semesters:

  • Spring 2017: February 13th
  • Summer 2017: May 31st

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.


  • Resource Development / Management
  • Research
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Reading / Writing

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 19
  • 2 days a week, flexible hours

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