We’re excited that you want to intern with 826 Valencia! Come exercise your writing and editing skills, work directly with teachers and students, and gain valuable experience in the many aspects of educational programming, nonprofit administration, and event planning.

We have three internship tracks here: educational programs, nonprofit management, and design. While all interns at 826 Valencia pitch in with organization-wide tasks, events, and programs, these tracks are designed to ensure that interns get to focus in the areas that most interest them.

Perks of being an 826 Valencia intern:

  • Gain professional development at an exciting educational nonprofit
  • Admission to 826 Valencia events, which often feature very cool authors.
  • 15% discount at the Pirate Store
  • Immeasurable joy

We have three internship seasons:

Fall  August – December. Applications accepted until all positions are filled
Spring January – May. Applications due mid-January
Summer June – August. Applications due April 1

Please note: All internship applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

We are now accepting applications for all Winter/Spring 2015 internship tracks. Read below for descriptions of each of our unique internships.


Design Internship with 826 Valencia

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions have been filled. We look forward to hearing from you!

Though unpaid, this internship with a nationally recognized nonprofit will provide invaluable, on-the-ground design experience. Design interns will work closely with 826 Valencia’s Design Director, María Inés Montes, to create flyers, newsletters, event and marketing materials, student publications, and more. 826 Valencia is a vibrant work environment, bustling with staff, interns, students, and volunteers. Our design staff is incredibly supportive and willing to teach and assist. By the end of the internship, designers will have gained skills in both design and navigating a professional environment, and insight into nonprofit work environments.


  • Minimum commitment of 24 hours per week for at least a semester (spring, summer, or fall)
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Cloud (or previous CS): InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word programs
  • Knowledge of web-based software is a plus (HTML/CSS, mailchimp)

To apply, please send an email with a current resume (with references) that reflects relevant experience and skills, and a a link to your portfolio to María Inés Montes at Also include a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.


Educational Programs Internship

In the educational programs 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 in the ins and outs of organizing programs and scheduling volunteers.


  • Minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for the duration of the season
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Experience with kids in a professional setting is a plus
  • Editing/proofreading experience preferred
  • Spanish language skills are desirable
  • Experience with design software is a plus!


Nonprofit Management Internship (fundraising, events, communications, Pirate Supply Store, and more)

In the nonprofit management track, you will gain experience in all the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a nonprofit. You’ll learn about fundraising, publicity, events, writing copy, sales, and volunteer management. This could be the perfect internship if you’re interested in working in nonprofits. If you are excited to focus on events/communications, fundraising/development, or pirate store/sales, please indicate your preference and why in your cover letter.


  • Highly organized
  • Excited about 826 Valencia’s mission
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Strong writing and editing skills a plus



How to apply to our internships:

To apply to the educational programs or nonprofit management internships, please send us your current resume (with two references) that reflects any relevant experiences and skills as well as a cover letter that explains what you will bring to the position and what you hope to gain as an intern.

All materials should be sent via email to Volunteer and Intern Manager Olivia White Lopez at

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



We have had an unprecedented number of intern applications in recent months. We look carefully at each one, but since we can’t accept everyone who applies, we also strongly encourage you to apply to other 826s around the country. And there’s always 826 National, the umbrella organization for all 826s around the country, which is housed just a few blocks away from us. If you’re interested in interning for them, and focusing on a national view of nonprofit management, check out their website and apply directly with them. And if your focus is more on editing, publishing, proofreading, and other literary pursuits, you might consider interning with McSweeney’s, which is also located in San Francisco.