Sydney Writers’ Festival 2018 Internship Program is open to the Festival’s partner universities: Macquarie University, the University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales. The Internship Program is designed to facilitate learning within a collaborative office environment, as well as offer practical experience working on a large-scale festival event. The internship program also provides valuable opportunities for students to network with professionals in Sydney’s thriving arts and cultural events industry.

Marketing Internship

Sydney Writers' Festival’s marketing department is looking for a digital-savvy, arts-loving, highly motivated student to join the team as an intern in 2018. The Marketing Intern will assist in the implementation of the Festival marketing campaign for the 2018 Festival. Reporting directly to the Marketing Manager, and working alongside a digital specialist and arts marketing professionals, the marketing intern can immerse him or herself in the day-to-day operations of a busy arts marketing team during the fast-paced, deadline-driven campaign period.

Application closing date: 21 January 2018

Download the position description for the Marketing Internship here.


Publicity Internship

Sydney Writers’ Festival requires a publicity intern to work on the media campaign for the Live and Local streaming program. The publicity department is looking for a high-level communicator and administrator, someone looking to gain experience in regional news media and who has a keen interest in the arts. Reporting to the Festival Publicist, the publicity intern can immerse him or herself in the day-to-day operations of a busy arts PR team during the deadline-driven campaign period. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience taking a media campaign end-to-end under the guidance of experienced publicity professionals.


Application closing date: 28 January 2018

Download the position description for the Publicity Internship here

Event Management (Production) Internship

The 2018 Event Management Intern will undertake a variety of practical activities directly contributing to the production and operational requirements of the Festival, reporting to the Head of Operations and Production. The Event Management Intern has the option of choosing between two internship program streams; a 200-hour internship or a 120-hour internship.

Application closing date: 4 February 2018

Download the position description for the Event Management (Production) Internship here.

Sponsorship & Events Internship x 2 roles

The Sponsorships & Events Interns will assist with the collation and distribution of contractual benefits to Festival partners in the lead-up to the Festival and report to the Partnerships Manager. During the Festival, the Sponsorship and Events Interns will support the scheduling and execution of sponsored branding. This is a unique opportunity to witness and contribute to the sponsorship and philanthropy campaign for Australia's largest writers' festivals.

Application closing date: 4 February 2018

Download the position description for the Sponsorship & Events Internship here.

Volunteers Management Internship x2 roles

Reporting to the Volunteers & Internships Manager and Volunteers & Internships Coordinator, the Volunteers Management Intern will help facilitate the smooth operation of the volunteer team. The Intern will assist with the Information Booths, Ushering, Green Rooms, Festival Shuttle Bus and the Market Research Project during the Festival. This is a unique opportunity to support the leading of a large (250 person+) team and hone the administrative skills that go into the coordination of Australia’s largest writers' festival.

Application closing date: 18 February 2018

Download the position description for the Volunteers Management Internship here.


Sydney Writers' Festival is committed to ensuring students can maintain their study load alongside their internship requirements, offering a flexible working environment. Students should speak directly to their supervisor to discuss the days and times they can work and how they might need to arrange their schedules to manage their workload in the lead up to the event.

We welcome applications from both undergraduate and postgraduate students currently enrolled at one of our partner universities.

If you are eligible to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to, ensuring that you address how your skills and experience relate to the role.