Accepting intern applications

The Iowa City Book Festival would like three interns to help with every aspect of planning and promotion of the 2013 Festival. Interns must be in Iowa City for the summer and fall of 2013. These are unpaid positions, but college credit may be available.

  1. Programming/logisitcs intern will assist the Director and committee in all aspects of developing the festival program – researching potential authors, researching publishers and publicists, attending committee meetings and taking minutes. Once authors are selected, will work on the scheduling and logistics of the program.
  2. Marketing intern will assist the Director and committee in all aspects of the marketing and publicity work for promotion – generating, organizing, and implementing various promotional plans, social media generation, media contact research, distributing promotional materials.
  3. Fundraising/sponsor relations intern will assist the Director and committee in all aspects of fundraising for the ICBF –working with donors, corresponding with local businesses, planning and implementation of fundraising events. Will work with sponsors to ensure the amenities promised in their agreements are provided.

Some duties will be based on experience and skills of the intern, others on the need of the committee. Scope of responsibilities is to assist in planning and organizing for the Iowa City Book Festival.

** Please keep in mind that from Monday, Sept. 30, through the weekend of Oct. 11-13, a schedule of longer hours will likely be required.

Applicants should be aware that not all duties will be equally challenging, but all will be duties that are regularly performed by committee members during the process of planning the ICBF. Upon completion of the 2013 ICBF, the confident and successful intern will receive letters of recommendation from the ICBF planning committee.


  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent computer skills and online research abilities

The ICBF committee expects the intern to work five to ten hours a week for the Summer of 2013 semester, and then ten to twelve hours per week in the Fall semester leading up to the festival, which includes attending committee meetings. The intern will receive supervision and evaluation from John Kenyon, Director of the festival and Executive Director of the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

Please submit your resume to Rachael Carlson, Operations Manager, Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, at (