Apply for our Paid Internship

The Poetry Translation Centre has sixteen years’ experience translating the work of extraordinary poets from Asia, Africa and Latin America and introducing their poems to new audiences in print, in person and online. We seek to celebrate the diverse diaspora communities who have made their home in the UK and to enrich the English poetic tradition through translation. 

Our small team, of five part-time staff, foster long-term relationships with inspirational poets and translators in the UK and abroad. We run an ongoing programme of translation workshops and two national tours each year, publish a range of dual-language poetry books and maintain a lively online profile, including a website, YouTube channel, podcast and social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can read more about the PTC here.

This year the internship will be tied to the first-ever international Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation, with the intern working closely with all members of the team to deliver a high profile awards ceremony and launch the second prize in 2021.

This year the PTC is committed to hiring a candidate from a BAME background.

Job summary

The internship is one day a week and lasts 12 months. In that time, the successful candidate will work across the whole organisation, gaining valuable experience and learning key skills.

Organisational Tasks
● Arts Council Reporting
● Charity Law
● Fundraising from foundations and individual donations      
● Preparing Board Papers

● Tracking book sales
● Preparing Advance Information for PTC publications
● Researching poets and translators
● Preparing publication press releases            

● Running events
● Organising national tours
● Building and maintaining good artist relations
● Events and workshop evaluation

● Making online content including simple graphics and videos
● Planning social media strategies
● Updating the PTC website
● Building the audience for our Youth Programme

Person specification

This year the PTC is committed to hiring a candidate from a BAME background.

The successful candidate will also have the following:
● An interest in other cultures, especially non-European cultures
● An interest in the Poetry Translation Centre’s work promoting translated poetry
● Experience in using social media platforms
● Familiarity with video editing software and design software
● Great communication skills, both written and verbal
● Flexible and organised
● Resourceful with an ability to use initiative

Important details

● Salary: £10.75 an hour (London Living Wage)
● Hours: 7 hours per week (1 full day)
● Location: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG
● Line Manager: Communications Programme Manager
● Contract terms: Twelve-month contract starting in October 2020
● Candidates must have a legal right to work in the UK.

To apply

Please send a CV and covering letter, together with a PTC Diversity Monitoring Form (which can be downloaded from this page), to Please put ‘Application – 2020 Internship’ in the subject heading of your email.

Deadline: Friday, September 11th
Interviews: Week commencing Monday, September 21st 

Please download our diversity monitoring form here.