PEN America seeks motivated interns to work with our Communications Department, advancing the organization’s literary and advocacy programs and campaigns through media relations, brand building, social media, public relations, website development, editorial, and digital archives. Candidates can expect to gain skills and real-world experience in an exciting, fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. This internship provides a monthly stipend for travel.

PEN America’s internships offer a unique opportunity to learn more about the New York literary community and human rights advocacy in the United States and around the world. Interns will be exposed to a diverse range of programming and departments. This opportunity aims to provide selected candidates with a broad range of experiences in preparation for a career in the editorial, communications, marketing, public affairs, or nonprofit sectors. Every effort is made to match candidates’ responsibilities to their unique interests and strengths, and mentorship is a core part of the program.

Regular responsibilities may include:

  • Compiling, curating, and distributing a daily digest of free expression news
  • Tracking and reporting press clips
  • Compiling weekly analytics reports
  • Drafting and/or editing press releases, newsletters, and other web content and communications materials
  • Fact-checking, copyediting, and formatting content for
  • Assisting at PEN America’s events around New York City
  • Drafting social media text and graphics for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Preparing digital archives assets and adapting content for use on and social media
  • Administrative and other office support as necessary

The ideal candidate will have school or work experience in journalism, public relations, communications, information technology, marketing, nonprofits, or editorial and possess an interest in international affairs, human rights, and literature, as well as:

  • Interest in learning new skills and the flexibility to pitch in when needed
  • Professional demeanor and the ability to work independently
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent writing, grammar, copyediting, and fact-checking skills
  • Comfort working in a collaborative team
  • Fluency in internet and social media technology
  • Experience with graphic design and relevant software, including Adobe Creative Suite; knowledge of HTML; and video editing skills all desirable but not required

To apply, please email Anoosh Gasparian at [email protected] with the subject line “Fall 2018 Communications Intern—YOUR NAME” and include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or CV
  • Writing sample of no more than 2,000 words on any topic (including but not limited to papers submitted for credit and 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)

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.