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We’re Hiring: Program Intern – Lammy Awards 

We’re Hiring: Program Intern – Lammy Awards 

Author: LeKesha Lewis

August 23, 2022

Lambda Literary, the nation’s leading LGBTQ+* literary organization, seeks a creative, detail-oriented, and highly collaborative Program Intern to support the Lammy Awards for the 2022-2023 award cycle.  

Lambda Literary internships are structured to be mutually beneficial to both the intern and the organization. Internships are currently unpaid. Interns are responsible for their own housing, living expenses, and any other costs. However, we are able to provide travel to the Lammy Awards ceremony in NYC in June 2023 as public health and safety guidelines permit.

Since Lambda Literary is a non-profit organization, we may qualify with certain schools to allow an intern’s work study obligations to be fulfilled by working at LL. If you are a student, you should contact your campus Financial Aid Office for details.

Since 1989, the Lambda Literary Awards (or “Lammys”) have maintained a proud tradition of celebrating vibrant, dynamic LGBTQ storytelling. The awards were created to garner national visibility for LGBTQ books, which had established a foothold through a nascent network of lesbian and gay publishers and bookstores. Today, the Lammys celebrate more than 150 LGBTQ writers across 25 categories, and include several cash prizes for writers at all stages in their careers. The Lammys are traditionally awarded each June at a ceremony in New York City, but we have orchestrated remote virtual ceremonies for the past two years due to COVID-19.

The ideal candidate will possess an excitement about LGBTQ+ literature, a handle on email etiquette, and exceptional organizational skills. The role can be fulfilled remotely, but a candidate local to either Brooklyn, NY or Atlanta, GA may have additional tactile tasks assigned to them based on the needs of the program.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and all emerging identities

Who We Are

For over 30 years, Lambda Literary has championed LGBTQ books and authors. No other organization in the world serves LGBTQ writers and readers more comprehensively than Lambda Literary. We believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published, and read.

What You’ll Do

The Intern is responsible for regular communication with the Program Manager. You will undertake a variety of administrative and program management tasks, including planning, organizing, and engaging with authors, publishers, and award judges to ensure the smooth functioning of the program’s delivery. The term runs [October-June.] Tasks will not exceed 20 hours per week. The candidate should be available once a week for a 30-minute virtual meeting for check-ins and goal setting.

Remote Position

  • Research
    • Assist the Program Manager with sourcing personnel such as award judges and ceremony presenters and volunteers
    • Conduct the vetting process of longlist (top 10) titles in each category
  • Managing Communications
    • Use boilerplate emails to communicate with prospective and confirmed judges, submitters, and finalists, and track responses in Airtable
    • Drafting newsletter and social media copy in promotion of the Lammys
    • Responding to FAQ emails
  • Composing the In Memoriam segment
    • Source and collect relevant information regarding individuals to be featured in the In Memoriam video segment during the ceremony
    • Compose tasteful, thoughtful video (via Canva)

Brooklyn NY Local

  • Ceremony Planning Assistance (May-June)**
    • Intermittent ceremony/reception venue visits
    • Assisting with set up and take down pre- and post-ceremony

Atlanta GA Local

  • Coordination of judge materials
    • (January-February) assisting with distribution of physical longlist titles to judges

**This obligation may change due to the nature of future pandemic and public health concerns

Who You Are

  • An excellent communicator
  • Excited about (or at least a little into) managing data
  • Self-motivated and detailed oriented
  • Possesses strong organizational, prioritization, and process management skills
  • Superb organizational and process management skills
  • Passionate about LGBTQ books and supporting our community’s stories
  • Excellent interpersonal skills   
  • Ability to handle proprietary or sensitive information with discretion
  • Experience editing content in WordPress or a similar content management system preferred
  • Familiarity with Canva, Submittable, and Airtable is a plus

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to No calls, please. Applications are accepted until September 9, 2022, with an anticipated start date of October 1, 2022.

Lambda Literary is an equal opportunity employer. We value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by our work. People of color, LGBQ people, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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