PEN American Center is a community of 3,800 writers working to bring down barriers to free expression worldwide and to showcase the literary, journalistic, and artistic achievements made possible through creative freedom.
Past interns have gone on to find work at some of the most prestigious newspapers, advocacy organizations, publishing houses, and magazines in the country, including The New Yorker, Story Corps, and the Open Society Foundations.
A minimum commitment of 15-20 hours per week is required. Interns committing to 15+ hours a week may apply for a local travel stipend. Internships last between three and seven months (one or two semesters), giving interns the opportunity to participate in a broad range of programming, including our annual World Voices Literary Festival in April. PEN internships are unpaid and eligible for college credit.
Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Please inquire within each individual department.
Spring 2014 Marketing & Literary Awards Intern
Come be a part of the exciting events and coordination for the PEN Literary Awards. This internship will involve duties in Membership, Marketing, and Literary Awards departments at PEN. Interns will assist with a variety of work, including researching new authors, checking applicant references, and supporting the maintenance of the program’s database. They will also contribute to PEN’s online presence through original writing for the blog and social media outreach and promotion. Interns will have a ringside seat for the PEN awards cycles, helping to prepare for PEN's 2014 Literary Awards announcements and Ceremony and reviewing book submissions.
Interns will gain an overview of the literary and publishing communities as well acquire insight into contemporary literature across multiple genres. They will have the opportunity to help out and attend PEN public programs, readings, parties, and other events, and will gain exposure to the wide range of PEN’s human rights work.
The ideal candidate works at a steady pace, and is detail-oriented and independent. Excellent research and writing skills and comfort with Microsoft Office are crucial. Candidates must be willing to do a range of administrative tasks, from research to data entry, and be interested in learning web maintenance and be willing to write for the blog.
A commitment of 2-3 days per week (within normal business hours) is required. These are unpaid positions, though a local travel stipend is available. PEN internships are also eligible for college credit.
Please email a cover letter and resume for Membership/Literary Awards internships to Paul Morris, paul at pen dot org.
Spring 2014 PEN America Public Relations Internship
The Public Relations Intern will work under the supervision of the Communications Manager, in conjunction with the Freedom to Write and Membership Departments, to increase the visibility of the PEN’s work. Candidates can expect to gain skills and real world experience in media relations, communications strategy, and campaign development.
- Track and distribute weekly press clippings, including transcription of audio and video press
- Aid in research and development of press lists on Vocus
- Maintain electronic mailing lists in conjunction with other departments
- Develop and schedule newsletters on MailChimp
- Other press and marketing support tasks as assigned
The ideal candidate will possess a strong interest in literature, journalism, international affairs, or human rights, as well as:
- Energy, sense of humor, and “people skills”
- Excellent copyediting skills
- Strict attention to detail and strong organizational abilities
- Fluency in internet and social technology
- Experience with Photoshop and HTML desirable
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to sedkins[at]pen.org
Spring 2014 PEN America Digital Marketing Internship
The Digital Marketing Intern will work under the supervision of the Communications Manager and Website Editor to contribute to an online communications strategy to grow the organization’s online presence. Candidates can expect to gain skills and real world experience in digital marketing and online strategy.
- Gather, report on, and analyze penetration of online marketing platforms including website, social media, and e-newsletter
- Manage Google ad words campaigns
- Assist with social media audit
- Research and identify digital marketing best practices to update usage policy
The ideal candidate will possess a strong interest in literature, journalism, advertising, international affairs, or human rights, as well as:
- Strict attention to detail and strong organizational abilities
- Strong social media skills across multiple platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.)
- Excellent research and analytical skills
- Comfort with Excel, Google Analytics, and other analytical tools
- Ability to work independently
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to antonio[at]pen.org
Spring 2014 PEN America Editorial and Communications Internships
Working with fiction, poetry, and web editors, editorial and communications interns will be involved in every step of the online editorial process, from the solicitation of materials to formatting pieces for the web, promoting content via social, and writing for the PEN America blog. Regular duties will include research, maintaining databases and production schedules, updating the website and social media platforms, and helping out at PEN events.
Internships require a 15-20 hour a week commitment, with at least two full days in the PEN office. Internships last between three and seven months (one or two semesters), giving interns the opportunity to participate in a broad range of programming and online literary features, including our annual World Voices Literary Festival. Excellent copyediting skills and strict attention to detail are required. Experience with Photoshop and HTML is very helpful, though not necessary.
The Development Intern will learn about all aspects of fundraising for nonprofits, through grant writing, prospect research, database management, gift recording and processing, accounting, special-events planning and oversight, and donor relations. The successful candidate will have an interest in human rights and literature, excellent research and writing skills, will be detail-oriented and organized, and able to work independently.
Interns will gain an overview of the literary and publishing communities as well as valuable insight into nonprofit operations and institutional planning and growth. They will have the opportunity to help out and attend PEN events, and gain exposure to the wide range of PEN’s work.
A commitment of 15 hours a week (within normal business hours) is required. This is an unpaid position, though a local travel stipend is available. PEN internships are also eligible for college credit. Please email a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.