Summer 2017 PEN America Membership Internship

PEN America seeks membership interns to work closely with the Senior Membership Manager. Interns will gain an overview of the literary and publishing communities as well as insight into contemporary literature across multiple genres. They will gain exposure to the wide range of PEN’s work, and receive hands-on experience in program research and development, marketing, event management and logistics. Additionally, interns are invited to attend and assist at many PEN events.

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.


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

  • Researching new and diverse literary voices through the Writers We Want initiative
  • Supporting the maintenance of the program’s donor database
  • Draft member announcements and copy for members-only events
  • Contributing to PEN’s online presence through social media outreach and promotion
  • Assisting with the coordination of PEN’s many membership events, including Member Mingles and Workshops, and the annual New Members/New Books party

The Ideal Candidate

  • Works at a steady pace, and is detail-oriented and independent
  • Has excellent research and writing skills, and great comfort with Microsoft Office Suite, as well as Google Drive
  • Must be willing to do a range of administrative tasks, from research to data entry
  • Have an interest in literature, cultural programming, and human rights

A commitment of two-three days per week (within normal business hours) is required. Internships last from three-six months, with opportunities for longer engagements for interested candidates. This is an unpaid position, though interns who work at least 15 hours a week are eligible for a local travel stipend. PEN internships are also eligible for college credit.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume. Please submit the entire application to rstump[at] One PDF is preferred. Please use “Membership Intern – NAME” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.