Internships and Fellowships
Internships and fellowships at PEN America offer opportunities to gain meaningful experience at a dynamic, growing nonprofit organization working at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide.
PEN America Fellowships
Fellowships offered by PEN America are available in the areas specified in the postings below. Each have unique commitment levels and program specifications to which applicants should review prior to submitting their applications. Application to one fellowship is preferred; if you apply to more than one, please indicate that at the top of your cover letter.
Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program – Spring 2024
PEN America offers a 12-week Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program for undergraduate and graduate students passionate about human rights, the written word, and free expression. More
PEN America Internships
Internships are available across PEN America’s departments as described by the postings below. Most require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week and generally last one to two semesters, unless otherwise specified by the student’s college or university. Paid internships are available through our Centenary Internship program and would require a commitment of 15-20 hours/week over 6 months, and would pay $17/hour for hours worked. All internships are also eligible for college credit. Application to one internship is preferred; if you apply to more than one, please indicate that at the top of your cover letter.
Internship Application Periods
Be sure to include the dates of your availability with your application.
- Fall Internship: Please submit your application between July and September
- Winter/Spring Internship: Please submit your application between October and January
- Summer Internship: Please submit your application between February and May
Current Internship Opportunities
Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) Protection Programs Internship
PEN America seeks an intern who is passionate about human rights, artistic expression, and serving artists at risk to work with our Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) team. More