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Internship Opportunity

April 1, 2015

Anthony De Sa - Toronto Book Awards Tent

Great news! The Word On The Street is seeking a Programming Assistant (Intern) to assist the Festival Director in coordinating the artistic program of the 2015 Festival.

If this opportunity interests you, read on for more details:

Programming Assistant (Internship)

The Word On The Street Toronto

Location: Toronto, ON
Web site:
Deadline for applicants: April 14th, 2015
Date posted: April 1st, 2015

About The Word On The Street
The Word On The Street Toronto, is Canada’s largest annual book and magazine festival; taking place in September each year, it now attracts over 220,000 booklovers to downtown Toronto. One of our city’s best and most popular events—featuring a lively exhibitor marketplace, top-notch author readings and quality family programming—The Word On The Street Toronto is a non-profit organization that celebrates Canadian reading and writing, and advocates literacy.

The Role
As The Word On The Street Toronto moves to its new site at Harbourfront Centre, we are looking for a Programming Assistant to support the Festival Director with coordinating the artistic program of the event.

This is a full-time volunteer internship, running from May through the end of September.
Monthly honourarium for this internship is $1,000 ($5,000 in total).

Duties include but are not limited to:

• Liaise with publicists, presenters, performers and hosts
• Maintain a database with up-to-date and accurate programming information; ensure author/book submissions are processed accurately and in a timely manner
• Facilitate the creation and mailing of all artist invitations and scheduling confirmations/festival day information letters
• Gather content for Festival Program (artwork, headshots, bios, book descriptions)
• Coordinate travel and accommodation arrangements for all pertinent authors
• Prepare comprehensive event tent binders
• Create detailed sales lists to ensure all required book titles are stocked by the Official Booksellers
• Draft and proofread programming content for Festival Programs, Toronto Star Festival Guide and website
• Create programming-related press releases, and media kits
• Contribute written content for a bi-monthly e-newsletter, festival blog and Twitter page
• Support the Festival Director with management of festival-day programming

Personal Qualifications:

• Must be currently enrolled in college or university education in the arts with a demonstrated interest in Canadian writing and publishing
• Highest level of attention to detail
• Exemplary interpersonal skills
• Excellent writing, copy editing, proofreading skills
• Excellent organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
• Ability to meet tight deadlines and prioritize tasks according to urgency
• Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
• Positive attitude and willingness to learn
• You must also be a mature-minded, confident, team player, who is able to maintain a sense of humour in a fast paced environment
• **Must be available the entire festival weekend (September 26th and 27th, 2015)**

If interested, please forward your cover letter and resume, in confidence, by April 14th, 2015, to  We thank all applicants for their interest, but only successful internship candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls.