Opportunities at CNF

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation pursues education and publishing initiatives in the genre of literary nonfiction. Its objectives are to provide venues, among them the magazine Creative Nonfiction, for high quality nonfiction prose (memoir, literary journalism, personal essay); to serve as the singular strongest voice of the genre, defining the ethics and parameters of the field; and to broaden the genre’s impact in the literary arena by providing an array of education services and publishing activities.

The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is a private not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. There are several ways you can get involved.

Internships & Volunteer Positions

Though Creative Nonfiction boasts an international readership and fan base that is constantly growing, the scope of CNF’s reach belies the size of our small, part-time, Pittsburgh-based staff. We depend heavily on interns and volunteers to keep everything running.

Creative Nonfiction’s internships and volunteer positions offer undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate individuals the opportunity to learn new skills while providing experience working in the realm of literary publishing. Because our office is small, interns often can become involved with various projects and gain an understanding of all aspects of running an independent literary organization.

Typical tasks include managing incoming submissions, corresponding with writers and subscribers, filling customer orders, basic office tasks, fact-checking and research, data management, and a variety of other tasks that vary depending on current CNF projects. Please note: Much of the work performed by our interns and volunteers is not glamorous, but is vital.

We value quality of work over quickness, but interns and volunteers should have the ability to multitask, work between multiple projects, and change directions often. Applicants should display strong research skills, an attention to detail, a willingness to learn, and creativity.

Our interns go on to do great things!

CNF interns have gone on to become editors and published writers. They’ve moved on to organizations such as Architectural Digest, Esquire, Google, Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, The Moth, and the University of Pittsburgh. A lucky few have stayed on at Creative Nonfiction as paid staff.

General Internships

We offer one or two unpaid general internships positions per semester and require at least a fifteen hour-per-week commitment. In summer, we require a twenty hour-per-week commitment for at least ten weeks, though we can generally work with interns to schedule around other jobs or commitments.

Application deadlines are as follows:

SUMMER: Apply by March 15; Internship runs from May to August. Start your application here.

FALL: Apply by July 15; Internship runs from September to December. Start your application here.

WINTER: Apply by November 21; Internship runs from January to May. Applications open in October.

Prospective candidates should be outstanding seniors, graduate students, or postgraduate students. Applicants are encouraged to work with their school to get credit.

Conference Internship

The conference internship is an opportunity to help with the planning and execution of the annual Creative Nonfiction Writers' Conference, held Memorial Day weekend. The ideal candidate for this internship will have a background in event planning, social media promotion, and/or marketing.

Design Internship

The design internship is a nine-month opportunity to gain real-world experience while learning how to balance aesthetics with functionality. Tasks include assisting the Director of Marketing & Publicity in designing graphics for print + digital formats and presentations to be used in our day-to-day operations, special events, and annual writers’ conference. Additionally, there will be layout work for True Story magazine. This position is well suited for graduate students, the recently graduated, freelance illustrators, graphic designers—really anyone seeking to gain design experience while working for a magazine with a national reputation.