Literary Events Internship Spring 2019

Hours per week

8-10 per week



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



641 S Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


The Literary Events Internship will focus on marketing, program development, and research, centered around our public literary events and projects. These include our “Literary Conversations” event series, the annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony, the annual PEN/Faulkner Gala, and many more exciting events featuring today’s most popular and talented authors!

Tasks include:

  • Researching contemporary authors for upcoming literary events, as well as potential local and national event partners
  • Assisting with the logistics of upcoming author visits, such as scheduling, travel bookings, and accommodations
  • Crafting book synopses and author bios for upcoming programs
  • Generating content for multiple social media platforms
  • Tracking and managing event ticket sales and donor contributions
  • Attending our literary events and assisting with audience management
  • Organization and categorization of PEN/Faulkner archival materials
  • General copywriting and administrative tasks


The ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Some experience with social media and graphic design preferred, but not required
  • An interest in research and marketing
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for literature and learning
  • A good sense of humor


  • Hours: Minimum 10 hours/week. Candidates must be able to work shifts of at least 4-hours.
  • Compensation: Unpaid
  • Who can apply: Undergrad students, graduate students, and recent graduates.
  • Deadline to apply: January 18. Interviews and hirings are done on a rolling basis, and positions may fill prior to this date.
  • Start date: Mandatory orientation on Saturday, January 26
  • End date: Week of April 29


Send an email (noting the position you are applying for in the subject line) with a current resume and cover letter to In your cover letter, please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.

Our office is located in the WeWork Wonder Bread building 1 block from the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.


This is an unpaid internship. Academic credit can be provided. Travel within the work day for internship duties are paid for by PEN/Faulkner. Upon completion of the internship, PEN/Faulkner will provide a travel stipend for interns.

No phone calls, please.

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and a cover letter