Winter/Spring 2018 Public Programs Internship

PEN America’s Public Programs department seeks diligent, organized interns to assist with the planning of various events and special projects.

Interns will gain exposure to New York’s vibrant cultural landscape through program development and regular communication with PEN America’s literary affiliates.

They will receive hands-on administrative experience and learn the operational details of executing literary and human rights public events. Additionally, interns will be able to attend and volunteer for PEN America’s public programs in the New York City area.


Interns will assist with a variety of tasks, including but not limited to

  • Planning, developing, and implementing programs for a diverse audience including, but not limited to, talks, performances, film screenings, rallies, and special projects.
  • Supporting PEN America’s Public Programs team with program research, editing press releases, and crafting invites and e-blasts.
  • Creating marketing materials for upcoming programs, such as website text and flyers.
  • Assisting with outreach for upcoming public programs and with day-of-event coordination.              
  • Following up after each program and sending ‘Thank you’ notes to speakers and attendees.

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Has excellent communication and research skills.
  • Is organized and excellent with follow-through on all assigned tasks. 
  • Works at a steady pace and independently as well as in a group.
  • Is willing to manage a range of administrative tasks, such as data entry.
  • Is very comfortable working with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive; any experience with MailChimp or photo editing software is strongly preferred.
  • Has a demonstrated interest in literature, cultural programming, and human rights.

For the winter/spring season, we ask for a commitment of three to four days per week (within normal business hours). Internships will last from early January through late May (depending on intern’s schedule). This internship offers opportunities for extension for interested candidates.

This is an unpaid position. Interns who work more than 15 hours per week are eligible for a local travel stipend. PEN America internships are also eligible for college credit.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Lily Philpott, PEN America’s Public Programs Coordinator, at [email protected]  with the subject line, “Public Programs Internship.”