Creative Access
Publishing & participation trainee

Publishing & participation trainee

locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 11/08/2022
Application RestrictionsBlack, Asian and Ethnically Diverse

Salary: 21,500 pro rata

Location: Covent Garden, London

Duration: 3 days per week, 6 month contract

Deadline: 10th August at 23:59

Start date: September 2022


Calling all arts, literature and poetry lovers! Want to develop publishing and arts-management skills? Then this is the internship for you.

The Poetry Society is the UK’s national organisation for poetry, and publishers of the UK’s influential poetry magazine, The Poetry Review. With innovative education and commissioning programmes and a packed calendar of performances, readings and competitions, The Poetry Society champions poetry for all ages. 

They are excited to be looking for a publishing & participation trainee to join their team and learn about the editorial and production processes involved in publishing two quarterly poetry magazines. The trainee will also be supported to assist with online and live events and activities within the organisation's participation and learning team, and various administrative tasks across the organisation.  


What you will learn

Developing skills through hands-on experience in the following areas of the organisation’s work.


  • Hands-on assistance with the preparation and publication of respected journal The Poetry Review and their members’ newspaper, Poetry News
  • Researching stories and writing copy, undertaking image research and picture clearance negotiations with guidance from the publishing manager
  • Assisting with the issuing and archiving of simple contracts
  • Creating content for print, web and social media platforms
  • Introduction to print-production methods and preparation of files
  • Assisting with the co-ordination of proofs, payments and correspondence, data input, and the administration of various poetry prizes for the publications team


  • Contributing to the digital education and publishing project Young Poets Network
  • Assisting on the production and delivery of live and online performances and events

Cross-team support

  • Database management and assisting in building new research resources
  • General office admin skills support


Knowledge, skills, experience


  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for the arts, literature and poetry
  • High standard of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on one’s own initiative
  • Effective communicator: written, phone, face to face, and in public
  • Highly motivated and able to prioritise tasks in a busy work setting


  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn WordPress and databases
  • Experience of working with online content, digital platforms and social media
  • Confidence working with the public, eg through customer service experience


To apply

  • Log in to your Creative Access account or register today to apply for this opportunity
  • Upload your CV and cover letter as one document (applications without a tailored cover letter will not be accepted)
  • Once submitted, you can no longer amend your application, so proof-read carefully
  • Do not contact the company directly
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This internship is only open to candidates from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds.

This role is part-funded by the Mo Siewcharran Memorial Fund which supports internships for young talent from ethnicities that are under-represented in the theatre, publishing and music industries.

The successful candidate for this opportunity will also participate in a Creative Access support programme that sits alongside workplace training. This includes a programme of induction training, monthly masterclasses, wellbeing support, buddying / mentoring and more.

Years of experience

  • Entry