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 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. The terms and responsibilities of the internships vary, but most internships are fully remote for this current academic year. Our internships are currently 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 1 and October 15.
  • Winter/Spring Internships: Please submit your application between November 1 and January 15.
  • Summer Internships: Please submit your application between April 1 and June 15.

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. Fellowships are virtual, but some in-person participation may exist for those residing locally. Application to one fellowship is preferred; if you apply to more than one, please indicate that at the top of your cover letter.

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Current Internship and Fellowship Opportunities

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Executive Internship

PEN America seeks a diligent, detail-oriented, and highly energetic intern to support the work of the executive office. More

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PEN America Los Angeles Internship (Remote)

PEN America’s Los Angeles office seeks an intern for a remote internship that will provide experience in the curation of digital literary and human rights programming. More

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Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program

PEN America is offering a Free Expression Leadership Fellows Program for undergraduate and graduate students passionate about free expression in the United States and worldwide. More

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PEN America Centenary Internship Program

To mark our centenary, PEN America is offering a special paid internship program for students passionate about human rights, free speech, and creative expression. More

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Literary Programs Internship

PEN America seeks interns to work with our literary programs team on PEN America’s public events for writers, as well as our community-engaged writing programs. More

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