The Sydney Writers’ Festival Internship Program is open to applications from undergraduate and postgraduate students attending one of our partner universities:

  • The University of Sydney
  • University of New South Wales.

If you are eligible to apply, please send a cover letter and resume to volunteers@swf.org.au, ensuring that you address how your skills and experience relate to the role/s. 

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. Each role has been designed according to specific learning outcomes. The internship program also provides valuable opportunities for students to network with professionals in Sydney’s thriving arts and cultural events industry.

Sydney Writers’ Festival is committed to ensuring students can maintain their study load alongside their internship commitment, offering a flexible working environment. Students should speak directly to their supervisor to discuss the days and times they can work in the office and/or at home, in order to manage their workload in the lead up to the Festival.

In 2019, Sydney Writers’ Festival will offer 7 internships to Sydney students:

Marketing Internship x 2 roles

The 2019 Sydney Writers’ Festival Marketing Interns will assist in the creation and implementation of the Festival marketing campaign, through both digital and print platforms and report to the Head of Marketing & Digital. The Intern will also learn about and contribute to the Festival’s social media presence. This is a unique opportunity to witness and contribute to an end-to-end marketing campaign for one of Australia's largest arts festivals.

Closing date: 18 January 2019

Read the full Marketing Internship role description here.

Publicity Internship x 1 role

The 2019 Sydney Writers’ Festival Publicity Intern will learn skills required to coordinate, with supervision from the Festival Publicist, the Live and Local media campaign. Live and Local is a SWF streaming program that delivers festival events to regional Australian audiences. The Publicity Internship is suited to someone with effective and confident communications skills, an interest in regional news media, knowledge of the wider arts industry, and administrative skills in scheduling, booking, updating and monitoring.

Closing date: 27 January 2019

Read the full Publicity Internship role description here.

Event Management (Production) Internship x 1 role

The 2019 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 role is suited to an enthusiastic and energetic person who is interesting in learning the systems required to put on a successful event.

Closing date: 3 February 2019

Read the full Event Management (Production) Internship role description 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 one of Australia's largest arts festivals.

Closing date: 3 February 2019

Read the full Sponsorship & Events Internship role description here.

Volunteer Management Internship x 1 role

Reporting to the Volunteers & Internships Coordinator, the Volunteer Management Intern will learn the systems and skills involved with managing a large 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 learn systems that support leading a large 300+ person team and the administrative skills required to coordinate volunteers at one of Australia’s largest arts festivals.

Closing date: 17 February 2019

Read the full Volunteer Management Internship role description here.