TEACHING Opportunities

Writing Teachers: CHILDREN'S EDUCATION

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.

Writing Teachers: ADULT WRITING WORKSHOPS

Interested in teaching an adult writing class at Thurber House? Contact Anne Touvell at 614-464-1032 x10 or atouvell@thurberhouse.org. Please include your resume.

 

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!

To express interest in an adult volunteer opportunity, contact Leah Wharton at lwharton@thurberhouse.org or 614-464-1032 x11.

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 are trained to greet visitors, offer guided tours of Thurber House, and sell items in our bookstore. Shifts are on Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm. If you have weekday availability, you also have the opportunity to become a group tour guide.

Note: Tour guides must be 21 or older and must provide references. You must successfully complete training before joining the pool of scheduled tour guides.

THURBER HOUSE MUSEUM booksellers

Not a fan of public speaking? No problem! Booksellers perform all of the duties of tour guides but are not required to give guided tours. Booksellers are trained to open and close the house, greet self-guided tour visitors, and sell items in our bookstore. Shifts are on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Note: Booksellers must be 21 or older and must provide references. You must successfully complete training before joining the pool of scheduled booksellers.

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.

Events are typically held on various weekday evenings at Thurber House, the Columbus Museum of Art, and other downtown locations.

Note: Event volunteers must be 18 or older and must provide references. Training begins at your first event.

 

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.