Internships

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.

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Current Internship Opportunities

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Human Resources Administrative Internship

PEN America is seeking a reliable, energetic, and detail-oriented intern who is interested in applying their learned knowledge to a real-world experience in human resources. More

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Fall 2019 Literary Awards Internship

PEN America’s Literary Awards Program seeks diligent, organized interns to assist with the 2020 literary awards cycle. The PEN Literary Awards confer over $350,000 annually to writers and translators.… More

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Fall 2019 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

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Fall 2019 Development Internship

PEN America is seeking several motivated self-starters who wish to learn about how development drives and sustains nonprofit organizations. As part of the development team in our New York… More