Winter/Spring 2019 Communications Internships

PEN America seeks motivated interns to work with our communications team to advance the organization’s literary and advocacy programs and campaigns through media relations, brand building, social media, public relations, and digital marketing. Candidates will develop skills and gain real-world experience in an exciting, fast-paced, and entrepreneurial environment. This internship provides a monthly stipend for travel.

PEN America’s internships offer a unique opportunity to learn more about the literary community and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world. Communications interns are exposed to a diverse range of programming and departments, and are involved with projects that help prepare those interested in careers in marketing, public affairs, journalism, graphic design, video production, publishing, and the not-for-profit sector at large. Mentorship is a core part of the program, and every effort is made to match candidates’ responsibilities to their unique interests and strengths in the following areas:

Email Marketing

  • Creating and optimizing marketing emails in MailChimp, including event invitations, newsletters, petitions, news digests, fundraising emails, major announcements, and other emails as necessary
  • Creating visuals for email marketing components of communications campaigns
  • Updating, maintaining, and optimizing subscriber database

Public Relations

  • Drafting and/or editing press releases and other communications materials
  • Tracking and reporting press clips
  • Researching media contacts and identifying opportunities to expand media relations
  • Assisting at PEN America’s events around New York City

Web Editing, Publishing, Analytics

  • Fact-checking, copyediting, and formatting original literary content for
  • Compiling weekly analytics reports
  • SEO, Apple News

Graphics, Multimedia, Video Production

  • Sourcing images for
  • Sourcing or creating graphics for use across multiple channels (web, social, etc)
  • Drafting social media text and graphics for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Editing video footage for use across multiple channels (web, social, etc)

Editorial Development, Archival

  • Drafting content for
  • Preparing digital archives assets and adapting content for use across multiple communications channels

The ideal candidate has:

  • School or work experience in journalism, public relations, communications, marketing, multimedia, nonprofits, or publishing and editorial
  • Interest in learning new skills and the flexibility to pitch in when needed
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate with team members
  • Strong writing, grammar, copyediting, and fact-checking skills
  • Interest in current events, international affairs, human rights, literature, arts, and culture
  • Understanding of, or eagerness to learn about social media, website, marketing, and public relations
  • Experience with graphic design, HTML, and video editing skills desirable but not required

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please inquire to the email address included here. To apply, please email Anoosh Gasparian at [email protected] with the subject line “Communications Intern—YOUR NAME.” In your email, indicate at least one or more areas of interest from the list above and include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Writing sample (including but not limited to college papers, original essays, stories, and articles that may have been previously published, as long as they have been subject to no more than minimal editing by someone other than yourself)