Employment Opportunities


Journalism and Press Freedom Project Manager

Literary Awards Administrator

Web Production Manager


PEN America is a community of over 4,400 writers working to bring down barriers to free expression worldwide and to showcase the literary, journalistic, and artistic achievements made possible through creative freedom.

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.

Summer 2017 Editorial Intern, PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers

Summer 2017 Membership Internship

Summer 2017 Communications Internship

Spring/Summer 2017 Free Expression At Risk Program Internship

Summer 2017 Free Expression Programs, Writers at Risk Database Internship

Summer 2017 Institutional Advancement Internship

Fall 2017 Literary Awards Internship

Winter/Spring 2017 Artists-At-Risk Program Internship

Fall 2016 Legal Associate, Free Expression Programs

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 PEN World Voices Festival Internships