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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Summer 2019 Executive Intern–L.A. Office

PEN America seeks a diligent, detail-oriented, and highly energetic intern to support the administration work of the Los Angeles office. Working closely with the Los Angeles staff, the executive… More

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Summer 2019 Finance Internship

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

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Summer 2019 Public Programs Internship

PEN America’s Public Programs department seeks diligent, organized interns to assist with the planning of our Fall/Winter 2019  programming season and production of our Summer 2019 programming season. Interns will… More

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Summer 2019 Literary Awards Internship

PEN America’s Literary Awards Program seeks diligent, organized interns to assist with the 2019 literary awards cycle. The PEN Literary Awards confer over $350,000 annually to writers and translators.… More

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Summer 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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Summer 2019 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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Summer 2019 Development and Special Events Intern

We are seeking several well-qualified development and special events interns. Our interns have the opportunity to help further PEN America’s mission by assisting with institutional and individual fundraising. We… More