Internships at The Poets House

Poets House, a nonprofit literary organization with a 50,000-volume non-circulating library of poetry books, chapbooks, and multimedia, is looking for interns and volunteers starting immediately.

Interested candidates are invited to send resumes to Librarian Gina Scalise: Please note which internship you are interested in. Volunteers and interns are generally scheduled Tuesday-Saturday, 11-7.

We have a very small staff and an intern’s responsibility is on par with full time staff. Please, only very interested candidates need apply. Please be advised, this is an unpaid internship opportunity.

An internship with Poets House offers you experience in a special collection library, access to our extensive collection of rare poetry titles and an opportunity to attend programs and lectures offered by Poets House.

Please look us up!!

General Library Volunteer/ Intern

Tasks include but are not limited to:

-write thank you letters, shelve books, and other general maintenance of the library
-shelf checking
-answer reference questions
-occasionally give brief tours of the space
-shifting the books
-checking duplicates against the shelf
-keeping the space neat and tidy

Required qualifications:
-friendly open personality

Recommended qualifications:
-love or interest in poetry

Cataloging Volunteer/ Intern

We have just transferred over to Koha and we are in need to people with knowledge of MARC and cataloging. We hope to launch the new catalog to the public in April.

Tasks/ Projects include but are not limited to:

-Enriching, updating and adding local information
-Cataloging new poetry titles
-Cataloging new donations / backlog
-Cataloging and organizing Children’s Room collection
-Cataloging the Stanley Kunitz, Elizabeth Kray and our special collection/ artist books
-Cataloging multimedia

Required qualifications:
-working knowledge of MARC
-independent worker

Recommended qualifications:
-love or interest in poetry


Poets House
10 River Terrace
NY, NY 10282