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NCTE Communications Internship

020420-NCTE Internship

Sigma Tau Delta is excited to announce our new internship partnership with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Applications will be accepted June 1 through June 22, 2020.


Sigma Tau Delta encourages student members with a focus on communications and/or journalism to apply for the NCTE Communications Internship, which will support the 2020 NCTE Convention.

Prior to the Convention, held annually in mid-November, the intern will receive online coaching for the process of writing a “daily digest” about the event. The intern may complete internship coaching from any location, so long as they have a video camera and reliable internet access. The intern and NCTE staff will work collaboratively to name and brand the new communication digest.

The intern will travel to the convention site in Denver, CO, to cover the Convention from November 19 to 22, 2020.

Sigma Tau Delta will award the NCTE Convention Intern a $300 stipend. NCTE will provide travel to and from the Convention site, hotel lodging expenses, and an additional $500 honorarium. The intern will also receive a one year complimentary NCTE membership after successful completion of the program.


The intern’s work will be published on the NCTE Blog and other digital media platforms.


The coaching will focus on reporting, writing, and creating engaging content for the NCTE website and social media channels. NCTE will use established templates and have a full-time photographer who will provide the bulk of the imagery. In order to create a large volume of content in a very short period of time at the Convention, training and preparation in advance will focus on learning what to look for in covering events, learning the particular nuances of how to write for NCTE, practicing the processes NCTE uses to get pieces from initial drafts to full publication, and how to craft social media pieces that work in coordination with longer articles.

Coaching will be flexible and adaptable to the student’s schedule consisting of no more than 10 hours per month leading up to November. All training sessions will be conducted via Zoom/online during the months of September and October preceding the Convention.


  • Strong writing skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable as changes in schedule and spontaneous ideas emerge
  • Experience and demonstrated success working in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively and in a professional manner
  • Ability to work in close collaboration with others
  • Comfortable approaching sources, asking questions, and quickly gathering accurate quotes from responses
  • Knowledge of how to use social media

Candidate Membership Eligibility

Active Sigma Tau Delta undergraduate and graduate student members in good standing during the application period are eligible to apply. Members who have or will be graduating during the 2020 spring semester are also eligible to apply.

Application Deadline and Notification

Applications open on June 1, 2020, with all final submissions due no later than Monday, June 22, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). Questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to

Following the internship, stipend recipients are required to submit an article (400-600 words) for WordybyNature, the official Society blog, sharing such things as how the internship contributed to their professional growth or field of study; its impact on their future career plans; and the importance of the funding to the internship experience.

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