EW 2013 InternWe’re excited that you want to intern with 826 Valencia! As an intern, you’ll work directly with students and teachers, exercise your writing and editing skills, and gain valuable experience in the many aspects of educational programming, nonprofit administration, and publishing.

We have two unpaid internship tracks here: educational programming and graphic design. All interns at 826 Valencia pitch in with organization-wide tasks, events, and programs, and gain professional experience valuable in a variety of fields.

If you’re under 18: If you are interested in joining us as part of an externship or community service program, please contact Program Coordinator Kiley McLaughlin at for more information.

We have three internship seasons:

Fall  August – December. Applications accepted until all positions are filled.
Spring January – May. Applications accepted until all positions are filled.
Summer June – August. Applications for summer Education internships are due in March. 

Please read on for descriptions of our internship tracks:

Educational Programming Internship

In the educational programming track, you will focus on direct student programs, working with students, developing lesson plans, helping out in the process of publishing our students’ writing, and assisting programs staff with the ins and outs of organizing programs and scheduling volunteers. We are able to offer stipends to interns who are alums of 826 Valencia programs. If this is you, talk to us to learn more!


  • Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for the duration of the season
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to our mission of supporting youth ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience with kids in a professional setting is a plus
  • Editing/proofreading experience preferred
  • Candidates with Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, or Cantonese language skills are strongly encouraged to apply!
  • Experience with design software is a plus!

Perks of being an 826 Valencia’s intern:

  • Professional development in an exciting educational nonprofit
  • Hands-on experience working with students
  • A network of fantastic educators, students, colleagues, fellow interns and humans to support your growth and learning
  • A fast-paced environment that values wonder and creativity
  • Confidence in your youth development skills: tutoring, relationship building, problem-solving, and patience
  • Trainings in youth behavior including Navigating Learning Needs and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • 15% discount at the Pirate Store and King Carl’s Emporium
  • Immeasurable joy

How to apply:

  1. Fill out the following form:
  2. Please send a current résumé that reflects any relevant experiences and skills, along with two professional references (contact information only, no reference letters required) and a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position and what you hope to gain as an intern to

Design Internship

This internship with a nationally-recognized nonprofit will provide invaluable, hands-on design experience. Design/illustration interns will work closely with Design Director, Brad Amorosino, and Production Manager, Meghan Ryan, to create event branding, marketing materials, publications of student writing, and more. 826 Valencia is a vibrant work environment, bustling with staff, interns, students, and volunteers. Our design staff is incredibly supportive and will teach and assist in a mentorship role. By the end of the internship, designers will have gained skills in the design process, print production, professional development, and insight into nonprofit work environments. Internships in the design department come with stipends.

Publications Design Internship (with publications focus)

Candidates with a strong interest in publication design can apply for our Publications Design Internship. The Publications Intern will primarily work on student publications such as chapbooks, newspapers, and magazines. This role will include a fair amount of production work (printing, trimming, bookbinding, photography) and assistance creating visual content to promote student publications and design work on our social media channels.


  • Internship is 24 hours per week for at least a semester (Summer: June–August; Fall semester: September–December; Spring semester: January–May)
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop required
  • Proficiency in a MAC environment required
  • Portfolio reflecting strong understanding of graphic design principles, brand identity, photography, and typography
  • Production experience, attention to detail, clean handcraft skills
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word programs
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of web-based software is a plus (HTML/CSS, MailChimp)
  • Interns must be available to work on-site

Perks of being an 826 Valencia’s intern:

  • Learn how to carry a design from concept to prepress
  • Learn how to design with adherence to brand guidelines
  • Advanced software skills
  • Learn how an in-house creative department works
  • Course credit, if applicable, and in partnership with education institution
  • References and/or letters of recommendation upon successful completion of internship


How to apply for a Design Internship:

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and portfolio to Brad Amorosino at In your cover letter please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

Still interested in learning more? Read what previous interns have said about working at 826 Valencia.

826 Valencia is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 826 Valencia does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, political orientation, disability, veteran status, or gender identity or expression.