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
Winter/Spring 2020 Literary Programs Audience Engagement Internship (Communications, Graphic Design, Video Editing)
PEN America’s Literary Programs department seeks diligent, organized interns to assist with audience engagement for our 2019-2020 programming season. More
Winter/Spring 2020 Literary Programs Internship (World Voices Festival, PEN Out Loud, Lit Crawl NYC)
PEN America’s Literary Programs department oversees the Literary Awards Program, World Voices Festival, and year-round programming, and seeks diligent, organized interns to assist with the planning and production of… More
Winter/Spring 2020 Finance and Operations Internship
PEN America seeks a diligent, detail-oriented, and highly energetic intern to support the work of the finance department. More
Winter/Spring 2020 Free Expression Programs Internship—Washington, D.C.
PEN America’s Washington, D.C., office seeks motivated interns to support our work promoting free expression and supporting writers at risk. More
Winter/Spring 2020 Free Expression Programs Internship
PEN America’s Free Expression Programs department is seeking several motivated interns or volunteers to support our work defending and promoting free expression and supporting writers at risk in the… More
Winter/Spring 2020 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
Winter/Spring 2020 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