Community Programs, Contests, & Internships

Read, write, think, and create with The Mark Twain House & Museum!

In addition to our regular educational programming available on site and online, there are lots of other ways for students to engage with The Mark Twain House & Museum. We host on-site and remote interns from high school through graduate school, and we’re proud to partner with schools and community organizations to offer special programs and contests to students throughout Connecticut.

Student Internships

The Mark Twain House & Museum is always looking for talented and engaged student interns. For more information, contact Erin Bartram, School Programs Coordinator, at

Check out what our interns have been up to!

The Nook Farm Writers Collaborative

Our summer writing program for teens, the NFWC also publishes the online literary journal Journey75.

Learn More and Apply Now

Hartford Creative Contest

The Hartford Creative Contest is an annual competition open to all Hartford School students and residents in grades 4-12. The contest consists of student’s submissions of original essays, poetry, and artwork that best reflects 1 of 3 yearly topics. Submissions are judged and have a chance of being selected as the winners.

To enter the Hartford Creative Contest you must be a Hartford resident in grades 4-12 or you must be a non Hartford resident attending a Hartford school. You must create an original essay, poem, or piece of artwork that fits into one of the three prompts.

2024 Hartford Creative Contest Prompts:

  • What is my American Dream?
  • MY favorite way of expressing myself is…
  • Where do I find beauty and/or struggle in my life?
  • Me and Social Media: Pros and Cons

Once you finish your artwork, you can either SUBMIT HERE electronically or deliver it in person at to Mark Twain House, 351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford or Beckett Law, LLC, 543 Prospect Avenue, Hartford. Submission DEADLINE: March 3, 2024.

Awards Ceremony will be May 18, 2024

Sponsored by The Mark Twain House & Museum, Step Up Step Out, Mothers United Against Violence, and Beckett Law Group.


The Celebrated RoboFrog Race of Hartford County

The Jumping Frog Contest was an important and lively annual event at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut for many years, but was discontinued in 1979. Now, forty years later, The Mark Twain House & Museum is proud to bring the Frog Jumping Contest back, this time with a very modern twist: robotics. We are inviting robotics teams, clubs and individual makers to participate.  If a participant is under the age of 18, they must have their parents’ approval. Registration is open to all. 

Learn more here

The Nook Farm Writers Collaborative

Student Internships