Don’t like the numbers? Volunteer and Intern at VIDA!

10423861_821055334608692_4141668128250784963_nVIDA’s mission as a research-driven organization is to increase critical attention to contemporary women’s writing as well as further transparency around gender equality issues in contemporary literary culture. VIDA pursues this mission through the VIDA Count, the VIDA blog, media outreach, and our community of members, as well as a variety of other projects and campaigns.

Want to lend a hand? VIDA depends on a team of dedicated, self-motivated, creative volunteers to pursue its mission.

General Intern

The ideal General Intern is a student or recent graduate who is reliable, organized, thorough, independent, and capable. They must possess excellent writing skills and be able to work remotely. VIDA prefers some familiarity with the following:

  • Google Docs
  • MS Office Suite
  • WordPress or a similar CMS
  • Photoshop
  • Google Hangout

VIDA interns assist with tasks such as editing and producing the website, contributing to membership and development campaigns, assisting in the coordination of events and conferences, as well as offering general support for the Executive Committee and Board Members in the pursuit of the VIDA mission.

There are two VIDA internship terms, July–December and January–June. Applicants who are only able to work a portion of this term are still encouraged to apply.

  • Applications for the July 1 term are due by June 1
  • Applications for the January 1 term are due by December 1

Occasionally, VIDA will also send out calls for special projects that don’t fall within the normal dates. Calls for these will be issued on the VIDA webpage, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr accounts. Internships may be completed for credit when coupled with our service-learning curriculum.

To apply, send a resume and letter of interest with subject line “VIDA Intern Candidate [Surname]” to Amy King at [email protected].

VIDA Counter

VIDA seeks determined, meticulous, thorough interns to assist with the VIDA Count, our well-publicized annual tally of the gender disparity in publishing. It is the counter’s job to research and determine the gender of writers as well as the genre of the work published. The VIDA Count will require interaction and use of the following programs:

  • Google Docs
  • Microsoft Excel
  • DropBox
  • Doodle
  • Google Hangout

These year-long internships begin in June. Counters spend an average of 5 hours per week on the project, in a combination of solo tallying work and team numbers reconciliation sessions. The bulk of the work, however, is completed by the beginning of the New Year. Applications for the 2016 Count are due by June 1, 2016.

Each team of counters will be led by either one or two count coordinators. All numbers will be reconciled one month before the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference (AWP  https://www.awpwriter.org/) so that they are ready to release just before the conference.

Please be sure that your school or work schedule allows you to complete your VIDA project on time and according to guidelines. For the Count’s accuracy and consistency, it is essential that people can commit to finishing the project out.

For your contribution to the VIDA Count, Counters receive a VIDA t-shirt. In addition, internships may also be completed for credit when coupled with our service-learning curriculum.

If you are interested in becoming a Counter for the VIDA Count, please send a resume and letter of interest with subject line “VIDA Counter Candidate [Surname]” to Amy King at [email protected].