Employment Opportunities

Creative Writing Teachers

Do you love creative writing? Do you enjoy working with young writers who are eager to develop their talent? If you answered “yes” to these questions, consider applying to teach at Thurber House’s children’s writing workshops and camps!

Send an email to Meg Brown, Director of Children’s Education, at megbrown@thurberhouse.org indicating your interest. Please attach your resume. Meg will set up a time to meet with you and tell you more about the teaching opportunities available. 

Thurber House teachers come from a variety of places. Some are retired schoolteachers who love creative writing, some are local freelance writers who love to teach, some are published authors who feel the need to nurture young writers, and some are MFA graduates who are still in town wondering what they will do next. The common thread is a love of writing and the enjoyment that comes from working with children. Click here to learn more about being a teacher at Thurber House.

Teachers must provide a successful background check prior to teaching at Thurber House.

 

Internship Opportunities

Summer Writing Camp Interns

During the summer, high school and college student interns assist with our summer writing camps for kids in second through eighth grades. We offer nine weeks of camp and have a new group of campers each week. Camps are from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day. Interns are expected to attend Monday through Friday, a minimum of one week; additional weeks are negotiable. Interns assist the camp counselors, work with the campers on activities, accompany groups on field trips, prepare snacks each day, and other duties as assigned. 

All internships are unpaid. Interns are responsible for their own transportation and lunch. If you are interested, please download the application form, fill it out, and mail it in along with a letter of interest. A Thurber House staff member will call or email you. If you have questions, please contact Meg Brown at 614-464-1032 x16 or megbrown@thurberhouse.org.

Please note: Internships fill quickly (typically by April or May). To check whether spots are still available, please contact Meg Brown.

 

Volunteer Opportunities for Adults

Our volunteers help make many of our programs possible and are involved with everything from events to keeping Thurber House open for tours on the weekends. Volunteering is low-commitment and flexible—you can work it around your schedule. We will train you!

Thurber House museum Tour Guides

Ever wanted to be a docent? Now you can! Thurber House offers a unique volunteer opportunity for those who love history and have a knack for relating a good story. Our tour guides learn all about James Thurber’s life, his writing, his cartoons, his family, as well as the ghostly history of the house at 77 Jefferson Ave.

Tour guides usually serve one Sunday per month from 1:00-4:00 pm where they greet visitors, offer guided tours of Thurber House and sell items in our bookstore. We also need tour guides who are available during the week to give tours for groups. Interested? Contact Meg Brown at 614-464-1032 x16 or megbrown@thurberhouse.org.

Note: Tour Guides must be 21 or older. 

weekend booksellers

Not a fan of public speaking? No problem! Booksellers are trained to open and close the house, greet self-guided tour visitors, and sell items in our bookstore. Shifts are on the weekends from 1:00-4:00 pm. Interested? Contact Meg Brown at 614-464-1032 x16 or megbrown@thurberhouse.org.

Literary Event Volunteers

Event volunteers are trained to collect tickets, hand out programs, staff the raffle table, assist with book signing lines, hand out picnic dinners, sell books and tickets, and/or other duties during Evenings with Authors, Summer Literary Picnics, and other special events. Interested? Contact Leah Wharton at 614-464-1032 x11 or lwharton@thurberhouse.org.

Children's Education Committees

Children’s Education and Outreach committees oversee our children’s education and outreach efforts. They help to identify, plan, and evaluate each program, including the formulation of policies. Committee members also help implement and host each program. Interested? Contact Meg Brown at 614-464-1032 x16 or megbrown@thurberhouse.org

 

Volunteer Opportunities for Children

Young Docents

Middle schoolers have the opportunity to become Young Docents, who go through a full learning process about James Thurber, give tours of Thurber House before our Summer Literary Picnics, and participate in seasonal decorating at the House. Click here for more information.

 

 To learn more about all volunteer opportunities, call Meg Brown
at 614-464-1032 x16 or email megbrown@thurberhouse.org.