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Winter/Spring 2020 Membership & Engagement Internship

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PEN America | New York, NY

PEN America seeks a diligent, detail-oriented, and highly personable Membership & Engagement Intern to support the work of PEN America’s Membership and National Outreach department. Working closely with the Membership and National Outreach teams, interns will gain an overview of the literary and publishing communities, our engagement with these communities in New York City and throughout the country, as well as insight into contemporary literature across multiple genres. Interns will also provide key support for two exciting new initiatives—one that addresses issues of information access, media disengagement, and media polarization in communities around the country and another that builds the collective power of the literary community to defend issues of free expression and social justice.

As we enter the 2020 election cycle, PEN America is closely following the local impacts of fraudulent news, misinformation, and distorted narratives on a number of heated topics. Additionally, we seek to provide our networks the means to take action and push back against attacks on free expression and defending literature as essential to democracy. The Membership & Engagement intern will provide critical research, content, and briefings for the programs and activism we will execute in 2020. This is a unique opportunity for individuals interested in community organizing, coalition-building, and literary activism. Interns will gain exposure to the wide range of PEN America’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 America events.

Past interns have gone on to find work at some of the most prestigious newspapers, advocacy organizations, publishing houses, and magazines in the country, including The New Yorker, Penguin Random House, StoryCorps, and the Open Society Foundation.


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

  • Planning, developing, and implementing programs for a diverse, nationwide audience including, but not limited to: talks, panel discussions, rallies, petition drives, workshops, and special projects
  • Creating briefs on partnership opportunities, community influencers, and potential venues for PEN America’s activist programming
  • Contributing to PEN America’s online presence through social media outreach and promotion
  • Supporting the creation and printing of event marketing materials such as website text and flyers
  • Contributing research for blogs, articles, and op-eds written in response to free expression advocacy issues
  • Researching new and diverse literary voices
  • Supporting the maintenance of the program’s donor database
  • Assisting with the logistical preparation and onsite event management of PEN America’s membership and campaign events


  • Works at a steady pace is comfortable taking initiative and thrives working independently
  • Demonstrates flexibility, autonomy, and thoughtfulness in managing work priorities
  • Can effectively and efficiently produce engaging written content for diverse audiences
  • Has excellent communication and research skills, and is proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications
  • Must be willing to do a wide range of administrative tasks, from research to data entry
  • Has an interest in literature, journalism, cultural programming, activism, 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 Christopher Casey at One PDF is preferred. Please use “Membership & Engagement 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.

PEN America seeks a diligent, detail-oriented, and highly personable Membership & Engagement Intern to support the work of PEN America’s Membership and National Outreach department. Working closely with the Membership and National…

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