The Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund provides Jan plan and summer stipends to cover the costs student incur while undertaking unpaid internships (i.e. short-term employment opportunities) at book publishers, literary magazines, creative writing centers, literary organizations, literary agencies, and other similar organizations related to writing and the literary arts. In the event that there are insufficient funds to support all applications, preference will be given to students who are minoring in creative writing or who are English majors with a concentration in creative writing. A typical grant ranges from $500-$2500. Funds are to cover costs, including travel, food, and lodging expenses related to the internships. The Kristina Stahl Fund hopes to cover the cost of two to three internships a year. Students may also apply for internship funding through Career Services. Graduating seniors are not eligible for summer internships.

Through a partnership with Grub Street, a creative writing center in Boston, the Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund also supports a summer intern at the center.

Applications for a Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Internship award and for the Kristina Stahl/Grub Street internship award are different. Please select the appropriate instructions below.


Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Internship

Your application should include:

1. Your name, major, minor, year, contact information, and the name of your faculty recommender.

2. A proposal that describes the internship opportunity and answers specific questions outlined below. Proposals should be carefully written and edited: quality is important! The proposal should be approximately 500-800 words in length, but no longer than necessary to completely address the following:

  • Describe your internship job duties/responsibilities.
  • How does this internship relate to your academic and career goals?
  • What do you expect to learn from your internship?
  • How do you plan to contribute to the organization?
  • What courses or other experiences have you had that will contribute to the internship?
  • Who will supervise you? Describe the nature of the supervision, such as how often you will be mentored.

3. A budget proposal with itemization of projected expenses and rationale. Expenses may include travel, rent, food (at $25.00 per day), and similar expenses.

4. Employer Confirmation Letter. A brief letter or email from the organization to the internship coordinator (see email address below), outlining your responsibilities and including the name and phone number of the person who will be supervising the internship. Please make every effort to provide this letter by the application deadline date. However, if you are still waiting to hear from the internship provider by the application deadline, you may still apply. If you are awarded funding, disbursement of funds will be provisional upon receipt of a letter from the organization.

5. A current resume.

6. A letter of reference from a faculty member.


Kristina Stahl/Grub Street Internship

Begin by reviewing information about Grub Street and Grub Street internships at grubstreet.org and grubstreet.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

Your application should include:

1. Your name, major, minor, year, contact information, and the name of your faculty recommender.

2. A list of the Grub Street internships that you are most interested in applying for, including 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choices.

3. A proposal that explains what your qualification are and why you want to intern at Grub Street. Proposals should be carefully written and edited: quality is important! The proposal should be approximately 500-800 words in length, but no longer than necessary to completely address the following:

  • Describe previous internship, coursework, non-profit work, extracurricular activities, or other experience that might be relevant to this internship.
  • Describe experiences related to the specific Grub Street internships you are applying for. Do you have experience in managing databases? Conducting research? Do you have any professional experience with social media, blogging, etc.?
  • Describe a creative project that you are proud of and how you went about implementing it.
  • How does a Grub Street internship relate to your academic and career goals?

4. A budget proposal with itemization of projected expenses and rationale. Expenses may include travel, rent, food (at $25.00 per day), and similar expenses.

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to Michael Burke, mdburke@colby.edu by Monday, October 30, 2017, 5 p.m. for Jan plan internships or Monday, April 2, 2018 for summer internships. 

Graduating seniors are not eligible for summer internships.