Become an 826 Boston Writers’ Room Fellow

826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and the educator Nínive Calegari, which was voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by Good Magazine. Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 25,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2014, the 826 National network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.

Join our Team

We are looking for mission-driven change-makers to join the Writers’ Room Fellowship as AmeriCorps members for the 2019-2020 school year. 826 Boston is rapidly expanding to serve more students in the Boston Public Schools through its innovative Writers’ Room Program. This is an exciting opportunity to join the inaugural cohort of 10-15 AmeriCorps members during a time of growth and play a key role in driving impact.

Program Details and Benefits

The Writers’ Room Fellowship is an 11-month service program, beginning on Monday, August 5 or 26, 2019. As an AmeriCorps member, you will build upon your personal strengths and develop transferable skills, such as teamwork, leadership, decision-making, project management, and relationship development. You will develop your knowledge of school and community partnerships, cross-sector collaboration, and the day-to-day operations of a nonprofit organization. 826 Boston provides AmeriCorps members with formal onboarding in the summer, ongoing training throughout the year, and individualized coaching from a direct supervisor.

Compensation: Fellows are eligible to receive $19,912 annually in stipends and awards for their service:

  • Living Stipend: AmeriCorps Community Engagement Specialists will receive a gross bi-weekly stipend of $538.15, totaling a maximum of $13,992 annually.
  • Education Award: AmeriCorps members qualify for an Eli Segal Education Award of $5,920 for every successful year of service, which includes completing 1,700 hours of service and completing the full duration of the 11-month program. The education award can be used to repay student loans or cover tuition costs for graduate studies at an accredited college or university.
  • Additional Benefits:
    • Travel Stipend: $70/month travel stipend for months of active service
    • Medical Coverage: AmeriCorps members have the opportunity to request reimbursement of up to $50/month to cover individual health coverage premiums. All AmeriCorps members are eligible for this reimbursement but may decline it in favor of alternative coverage obtained through a parent, guardian, or spouse.
    • Time Off: 80 hours of sick time and 80 hours of vacation time
    • Public Benefits: AmeriCorps members may be eligible for food and public utility benefits.

Fellowship Openings

K-8 Program Specialist
HS Program Specialist  
Community Engagement Specialist             


If you are interested in the 826 Boston Writers’ Room Fellowship Program, use the links above to apply, or reach out with questions. Contact Carolyn Navikonis, Director of Program and Community Engagement, by email.

Staff Positions

There are no open staff positions right now. Please check our Careers Website periodically for open positions.

Hands-on Training: Serve with 826 Boston

826 Boston seeks mission-driven change-makers to join the Writers’ Room Fellowship as AmeriCorps Members for the 2019-2020 school year. A Fellowship Program group of 12-15 AmeriCorps members will help 826 Boston serve more students in Boston public schools than ever before. There are three different positions within the Fellowship Program:

Community Engagement Specialist AmeriCorps Member
High School Program Specialist AmeriCorps Member
K-8 Program Specialist AmeriCorps Member

826 Boston hires a group of enthusiastic, dedicated, and versatile interns for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Interns will work individually and collectively with each other, our staff and service members, and a large group of volunteers.

This is an opportunity to design, write, or teach in a professional environment, work with youth, get experience in creative arts education, learn about the day-to-day operations of a small non-profit, and join the network of national 826 chapters, while building job skills, advancing your resume, and acquiring excellent references. Applicants must be over the age of 18 but need not be currently enrolled in an academic program.

High School Writers’ Room Program Internship
K-8 Writers’ Room Program Internship
Youth Programs Internship