PEN America seeks a diligent, detail-oriented, and highly energetic intern to support the work of the finance department. Working closely with the director of finance and administration and the finance and administrative coordinator, the finance intern will gain exposure to a holistic view of the day-to-day operations and finances of a nonprofit, and exposure to the world of advocacy and human rights as well as a community of writers and allies working to celebrate and defend the written word. The intern will learn how to work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment, how to multitask and prioritize, develop organizational skills and problem-solving strategies, and hone their attention to detail.


  • Assist with budgeting, reporting, and other support for financial analysis.
  • Process revenue, including preparing daily deposits and processing in-house charges.
  • Reconcile general ledger accounts and/or bank statements to ensure proper accountability.
  • Review pledges receivable to identify accounts in need of follow-up.
  • Handle and post accounts payable and receivable and other bookkeeping tasks.
  • Other tasks, as needed, related to PEN America’s finance department needs, including but not limited to filing materials, sorting documents, and other tasks as needed.


  • Strict attention to detail and discretion.
  • Professionalism and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated capability to work independently and efficiently, prioritize and simultaneously handle multiple tasks, and adhere to deadlines.
  • Strong desire to learn new skills and the ability to pitch in when needed.
  • Excellent written communication and the ability to conduct research.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite and the Windows operating system preferred.
  • Experience with FundEZ and/or QuickBooks desirable.
  • Interest in literature, human rights, advocacy, and/or nonprofit operations is a plus.

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 (one page maximum) and resume to Stanley Mah, executive associate, at [email protected] with the subject line “PEN America Finance Internship.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please.

About PEN America: PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open 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. PEN America is the largest of more than 100 centers of PEN International. For more than 90 years, we have been working together with our colleagues in the international PEN community to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Our strength is our membership—a nationwide community of novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other professionals, and an even larger network of devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.