Development Internship

PEN America seeks several motivated self-starters who wish to learn about how development drives and sustains nonprofit organizations. As part of the development team, interns will provide essential support in securing funding and engaging donor communities for an organization that protects the right to free expression worldwide. This internship is based in New York, but due to COVID-19 concerns, will be primarily a remote position and is subject to change. The supervisor reserves the right to request interns to come into the office if it is necessary and deemed safe to do so.

Interns will gain hands-on communications, events, and project management experience, learning from key development staff who will provide mentorship throughout the internship’s duration. This internship is a great opportunity to build effective development strategies and processes from the ground up as PEN America expands its fundraising capabilities.

This is an unpaid position. PEN America internships are also eligible for college credit.


  • Provide support with development communications materials, including fundraising appeals, acknowledgement letters, and cultivation event invitations
  • Research current and potential donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors
  • Generate and update reports to track revenue, new donors, and other metrics
  • Assist in behind-the-scenes preparation for both private and public PEN America events
  • Work and gain experience with Raiser’s Edge through ensuring donor records are up-to-date

Desired Attributes:

  • Must be able to provide proof of authorization to intern in the United States
  • Have excellent writing and research skills
  • Exhibit strong attention to detail
  • Be able to multitask and shift priorities
  • Have experience with Microsoft Office suite, Mailchimp, and Google Suite
  • Have a desire to gain exposure to and experience in all areas of nonprofit management and development
  • Passionate about art, literature, and human rights
  • Committed to PEN America’s mission to protect the right to free expression

Application Periods:

Be sure to include the dates of your availability with your application.

  • Fall Internship: Please submit your application between July 1 and October 15.
  • Winter/Spring Internship: Please submit your application between November 1 and January 15.
  • Summer Internship: Please submit your application between April 1 and June 15.

To Apply:

Please submit a resume, writing sample, and a one-page cover letter expressing your interest and qualifications. Note which areas interest you most and why. Send as one PDF document saved as “Development Intern Application – [Last name], [First name]” to Rachel Pryzgoda at [email protected]. When emailing your application, please use “Development Internship” with your name as the subject of your email (for example, “Development Internship – Jane Doe”).

PEN America is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

No phone calls, please.

About PEN America:

PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.