PEN America is seeking qualified and motivated editorial interns for the Summer 2016 season (mid-May/early June through the end of August) who will work with the series editor and editor/managing editor in a fun and entrepreneurial environment, learning the basics of running Glossolalia, PEN’s new literary magazine, which specializes in publishing translations.

Interns will be involved in all aspects of the process, from order fulfillment and copyediting to grant research and taking charge of e-book publishing of the print magazine. Interns will work directly on issues for Brazil and China. PEN’s internships offer a terrific opportunity to get hands-on experience in the small-press literary publishing world, and to be intimately involved in a startup at PEN, learning the ropes from experienced editors.

Regular responsibilities will include:

  • Copyediting, proofreading, and formatting literary manuscripts for Amazon Direct Publishing

  • Completing order fulfillment for our Kickstarter campaign

  • Researching opportunities for literary and/or translation grants from cultural ministries abroad, independent funders, and federal and state organizations

The ideal candidate will have editorial experience at a literary magazine or online publication. The candidate must be a serious reader, excited about international literature, and tuned into cultural and political issues affecting writers and writing. He or she will also possess the following:

  • Strict attention to detail

  • Excellent writing, grammar, and copyediting skills

  • Eagerness to learn how to edit extremely well

  • Strong organizational abilities and ability to work independently

  • A humble, earnest, and collaborative attitude towards work

  • Interest in learning new skills and the flexibility to pitch in when needed

Internships require at least two full days in the PEN office. These are unpaid positions, though a local travel stipend is available. PEN internships are also eligible for college credit.

To apply, email a resume, cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position, and your availability for the internship to Diane Mehta at dmehta[at]pen[dot]org with “Summer 2016 Editorial Glossolalia Internship” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please allow up to one month to hear back from us. No phone calls, please.