Produced annually by PEN America, the PEN World Voices Festival was founded by Salman Rushdie, Esther Allen, and Michael Roberts in 2005 with the aim of combating isolationism in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is a mission that feels even more urgent and necessary today. Since 2005 World Voices has presented over 1,700 established and emerging writers and artists from 118 countries speaking 74 languages to over 139,000 audience members. Guests have included Margaret Atwood, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Patti Smith, Toni Morrison, Orhan Pamuk, Trevor Noah, Colm Toibin, Don DeLillo, Jeffrey Eugenides, Samantha Bee, Roxane Gay, Arundhati Roy, Masha Gessen, and many others.

PEN America is a membership organization of more than 7,000 writers that stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.

Summer 2019: Research and Program Development

Internships available: 2
Hours per week: 15-20
Time of Year: June – August with potential for extension if there is interest and availability to stay through the Fall

Duties:

  • Assist Festival team with all closure-related tasks for the May 2019 Festival as needed
  • Assist Festival team with research for future programs including maintaining a database of contacts and biographical information about writers and participants
  • Organize programming files for development, marketing, box office, and production to use in producing the Festival
  • Ticket buyer data cleaning and maintenance
  • Update and analyze historic Festival data
  • Research target audiences and partners who can help generate Festival audiences

This is an unpaid internship. Interns may be asked to provide their own laptops to work on the Festival. Internships include:

  • A monthly travel stipend for interns working a minimum of 15 hours weekly
  • Opportunities to attend or participate in PEN America events when not working at PEN World Voices Festival events.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and a cover letter describing how the position matches her/his qualifications and goals to Kim Chan, PEN World Voices General Manager, at [email protected].

About PEN America:

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. PEN America is the largest of more than 100 centers of PEN International. For more than 90 years, we have been working together with our colleagues in the international PEN community to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Our strength is our membership—a nationwide community of novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other professionals, and an even larger network of devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.