Internship Opportunity

Great news! The Word On The Street is seeking a Programming Assistant (Intern) to assist the Festival Director in coordinating the artistic program of the 2013 Festival.

If this opportunity interests you, read on for more details:

Programming Assistant (Internship)Image
The Word On The Street Toronto

Location: Toronto, ON
Deadline for applicants: May 1st, 2013
Date posted: April 17th, 2013

About The Word On The Street
The Word On The Street (WOTS) Toronto is Canada’s largest annual book and magazine festival; taking place in September each year, it now attracts over 215,000 booklovers to Queen’s Park Circle in downtown Toronto. One of our city’s best and most popular events—featuring a lively exhibitor marketplace, top-notch author readings and quality family programming—The Word On The Street Toronto is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canadian reading and writing, and advocates literacy.

The Role
As The Word On The Street Toronto moves toward its 24th festival, The Word On The Street is looking for a Programming Assistant to support the Festival Director with coordinating the artistic program of the event.

This is a full-time volunteer internship, running from mid-May to end of September. Monthly honourarium for this internship is $1,000 ($4,500 in total).

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Liaise with publicists, presenters, performers and hosts
  • Maintain a database with up-to-date and accurate programming information; ensure author/book submissions are processed accurately and in a timely manner
  • Facilitate the creation and mailing of all artist invitations and scheduling confirmations/festival day information letters
  • Gather content for Festival Program (artwork, headshots, bios, book descriptions)
  • Coordinate travel and accommodation arrangements for all pertinent authors
  • Prepare comprehensive event tent binders
  • Create detailed sales lists to ensure all required book titles are stocked by the Official Booksellers
  • Draft and proofread programming content for Festival Programs, Toronto Star Festival Guide and website
  • Create programming-related press releases, and media kits
  • Contribute written content for a bi-monthly e-newsletter, festival blog and Twitter page
  • Support the Festival Director with management of festival-day programming

Personal Qualifications:

  • College or university education in the arts with a demonstrated interest in Canadian writing and publishing
  • Highest level of attention to detail
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills
  • Excellent writing, copy editing, proofreading skills
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize tasks according to urgency
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn
  • You must also be a mature-minded, confident, team player, who is able to maintain a sense of humour in a fast paced environment
  • **Must be available the entire festival weekend (September 21st and 22nd, 2013)**

If interested, please forward your cover letter and resume, in confidence, by May 1, 2013, to We thank all applicants for their interest, but only successful internship candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls.


2 thoughts on “Internship Opportunity

  1. A fantastic oppurtunity for someone to broaden their intellectual horizons and definitally increase the literacy of all Canadians.

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