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, Penguin, 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.
PEN internships are unpaid and eligible for college credit. We discourage simultaneously applying to multiple opportunities, but if you decide to apply for more than one internship, please indicate which one(s) at the top of your cover letter.
Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Please inquire within each individual department.
Current Internship Opportunities
Fall 2019 Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) Communications Internship
The Artists at Risk Connection is seeking a communications intern who is passionate about human rights, artistic expression, and serving artists at risk. More
Fall 2019 Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) Program Internship
The Artists at Risk Connection is seeking interns who are passionate about human rights, artistic expression, and serving artists at risk. More
Fall 2019 Communications Internships (web, social media, public relations, publishing, graphics)
PEN America seeks interns to work with the communications team in areas of email marketing, public relations, web publishing, multimedia, and editorial development. More
Summer 2019 World Voices Festival of International Literature Internships
The PEN World Voices Festival seeks a 2019 summer intern to assist with post-Festival research and program development. More