Details of the Organisation:
YA Shot is a one-day festival-style event taking place on Saturday 14th April 2018, in the Hillingdon Civic Centre and Uxbridge Library. Over 50 Young Adult and Middle Grade authors will deliver a programme of over 20 panel, workshop and in conversation events. From Adventure to Historical Fiction, Fantasy to Comedy, there are events for readers of all interests.
YA Shots raises the funds to run a year-long Libraries-Schools Programme of up to 35 free author visits to libraries, which then invite in disadvantaged schools to inspire a love of reading, creative writing, and aspirations to careers in the Arts.
Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:
YA Shot’s Internship Programme is a way for students who want to work in publishing/the Arts/event management, to undertake interesting tasks involving real responsibility – without having to travel (beyond being in Uxbridge for the training day and the day of YA Shot) and without having to commit to regular hours.
The more work you deliver on-time and to a high-quality, the more varied and interesting opportunities we’ll give you to get involved and take responsibility – but how much you do and when you do it is largely up to you.
At the end of our internship, you’ll have truly impressive stuff (e.g. pitching articles to magazines, running individual events at YA Shot, helping with our social media accounts) to put on your CV and to talk about in interviews. Of our 2017/18 intake of 8 first-year interns, 6 have already had a piece published via The Bookseller, Maximum Pop! Books or the YA Book Prize.
Skills, attributes and experiences you’ll gain include:
- Managing your time and meeting deadlines
- Professionalism: punctuality, attention to detail, trustworthiness, courtesy, persistence
- Working in a team
- Managing junior colleagues, taking initiative and working in a leadership position
- Problem solving and staying calm under pressure
- Customer service an respectful engagement with a diverse group of people
- Effective oral and written communication, including drafting and revising documents
- Publicity and social media
- Public speaking and presentation skills
What will I have to do as an intern?
- You must commit to being available to work at YA Shot for the whole of Saturday 14th April 2018, 9am-9pm, though you will not be working all day!
- You must commit to attend a half-day training session about 1-2 months before YA Shot.
- You must commit to doing a minimum of 5 one-off tasks from the start of your internship until the festival. Each will have deadlines, take around 4-5 hours, and be something you can do by email or online.
- Tasks may include things like writing press releases, pitching article ideas to magazines, graphic work, contribution to our social media accounts, and help design resources and promotional materials
- If there are particular things you’d love to get involved with or particular skills you want to gain, we’ll do our best to factor this into your work with us.
- Strong work ethic
- Good organisation
- A positive ‘can do’ attitude
- Team work
- Friendliness and respect for others
- Problem-solving skills
- Attention to detail
- Staying calm under pressure
Additional Benefits to the Volunteer:
- Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses for interns which cannot afford to travel to Uxbridge for the training day and YA Shot event
- Free T-shirt
- “Lunch money” for YA Shot day to cover food, drinks and sundry costs
- Job-specific references on request
- Mentoring and advice from the YA Shot Team
- Credit on the YA Shot website
- Opportunity to attend the UK YA Blogger Awards in the evening of the YA Shot
- Hours volunteered will be recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours contribute towards your Brunel Volunteers Award, which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony
Interested? Apply now!