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PEN Interns gain an overview of the literary and publishing communities as well as insight into the most exemplary of contemporary literature across genres. They will have the opportunity to help out and attend PEN public programs, receptions, and other events, and will gain exposure to the wide range of PEN’s work, as well as contribute to the newly relaunched website, PEN.org.
The Marketing & Literary Awards internship will involve duties in both the Membership and Literary Awards programs. In support of Membership, interns will research potential new authors, check applicant references, help with renewal mailings, and support the maintenance of the program’s database and online presence, especially with new editorial features for the recently relaunched PEN.org. Supporting Literary Awards, interns will process submissions for the 2013 awards cycle, edit PEN’s website to reflect information about judges and winners, and provide administrative support to PEN award judges.
The ideal candidate works at a steady pace, and is detail-oriented and independent. Excellent research and writing skills and comfort with Microsoft Office are crucial. Candidates must be willing to do a range of administrative tasks, from research to data entry, and be interested in learning web maintenance and editing. Social media plays a large role in this position, and so candidates should be versatile with a variety of online platforms.
A commitment of 2-3 days per week (within normal business hours) is required, and priority will be given to those who can commit longer. These are unpaid positions, though a local travel stipend is available. PEN internships are also eligible for college credit.
Please email a cover letter and resume for Membership/Literary Awards internships to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world’s oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. The Center has a membership of 3,400 distinguished writers, editors, and translators, building upon the achievements of such dedicated past members as W. H. Auden, James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Thomas Mann, Arthur Miller, Marianne Moore, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck.