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.


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. A limited number of paid internships are available through our Centenary Internship program and would require a commitment of 15-20 hours/week over 26 weeks, and would pay $15/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 Internships: Please submit your application between July and September
  • Winter/Spring Internships: Please submit your application between November and January
  • Summer Internships: Please submit your application between March and May

Current Internship Opportunities

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National Engagement Internship

PEN America seeks interns who will assist with the creation and implementation of strategies that aim to grow our membership and engagement with current members. More

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Free Expression Programs Internship – D.C.

PEN America’s Washington, D.C. office seeks motivated interns to support our work promoting free expression and supporting writers at risk in the United States and around the world. More

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Literary Programs Internship — NYC

PEN America seeks interns to work with our literary programs team on public programming, World Voices Festival, writing programs and fellowships, and literary awards. More

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Development Internship

PEN America seeks several motivated self-starters who wish to learn about how development drives and sustains nonprofit organizations. More