Interns for Wigtown Book Festival
August 11, 2011
In the past 12 years, Wigtown Book Festival has blossomed into one of the most vibrant literary events in Britain. A registered charity, the Festival showcases writers old and new and reaches more than 2,000 children a year. It also contributes to the economy and national profile of Dumfries and Galloway.
For more information about the Book Festival go to: http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/
We are looking for two interns to help the Festival increase its appeal to young people between the ages of 14 and 25. The successful interns will gain experience in how a book festival is run and promoted. You will develop skills in events management, as well as interviewing and editorial in a multi-media context. You will be mentored by a professional team; a journalist, the literature development officer, the Wigtown Festival Company Director and the Wigtown Festival Company manager.
This is an unpaid role offering journalist experience at a high level that will suit a young person interested in a career in broadcast, journalism or radio production. You will be expected to write a short evaluation report at the end of the internship
Full-time from Wednesday 21st September to Wednesday 5th October
Travel, expenses and accommodation in or near Wigtown will be provided.
Intern duties (2 posts)
The kind of projects / tasks you will undertake include:
- Providing clear, simple to read content with the ability to speak directly to young people (14 to 25 years)
- Interviewing visitors and volunteers at the Book Festival
- Interviewing authors
- Assisting the literature development officer with producing Wigtown Ink newsletters and events
- Website: building a young readership by updating content, stories and events
- Contributing to our multimedia presence e.g. GLOW, other web sites, facebook, YouTube, local radio
- Other events – helping out where required
- Liaising and responding to requests from national media
- Following Editorial Guidelines;
- High-level oral and written communication skills;
- Good time keeping – ability to meet deadlines a must;
- Flexibility and initiative;
- Good team member.
At least: A – Level / Scottish Highers / BTEC or NVQ equivalent
Access / Foundation Course or Apprenticeship
Application: a letter, no more than one side of A4, outlining why you want this opportunity, and an attached short CV.
Closing date and time for application: 5.00pm Friday 19th August.
There will be an interview for those short-listed so please indicate how to contact you quickly by e mail or phone.
Literature Development Officer, Wigtown Book Festival
Dumfries and Galloway Arts
The Midsteeple, High Street
Tel: 01387 253383 Fax: 01387 253303
Mobile number: 07833477728
Registered in Scotland No: 127838 Charity No SCO08593