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Apply for the Desert Island Supply Co. Fellowship!

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The Desert Island Supply Co. is accepting applications for Fellows who will contribute to DISCO’s mission and operations during the 2019-20 academic year.  

The Desert Island Supply Co. is a nonprofit creative writing and arts center for students aged 6 to 18 in Birmingham. Our mission is to work alongside students as they develop  the creative tools they need to explore and document their worlds.

We lead weekly workshops in schools, and we offer after-school programs that are free for all kids in the Birmingham area. Our explorer-themed headquarters in Woodlawn also serves as a hub for creative community projects and events.

Fellowship Overview

We are looking for undergrad/graduate/recently graduated students who are passionate about creative arts, education, and design. Fellows assist in our in-school and after-school workshops, support the day-to-day administrative functions of the organization, and help to host readings and events at our space in Woodlawn during the semester. Fellows gain valuable experience in a dynamic teaching environment and see the inner workings of a growing nonprofit.

General requirements

  • Commitment to a set schedule of at least 6 hours a week

  • Enthusiasm for literature and creative arts

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Attention to detail and high level of organization

  • Experience working with children is desirable

  • Completion of Fellowship Project that brings students and/or community members together in creative ways

Fellowship Benefits

  • End-of-semester stipend

  • Learn how nonprofit organizations work

  • Develop public speaking and presentational skills

  • Foster meaningful relationships with students and coworkers

  • Work with creative people at one of Birmingham’s best nonprofit organizations

  • Get experience in program planning, product design, and retail

  • Fellowship hours may be eligible for class credit

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume and the contact info for two references by Friday, May 18.

Brian Connell

Executive Director

Desert Island Supply Co.

Alina Stefanescu