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PEN American Center

Summer/Fall 2014 PEN America Programming Internship (Unpaid)

PEN American Center is seeking an intern to focus on public programming, beginning in July 2014 and continuing through December. Under the supervision and training of the Deputy Director of Public Programs, the intern will work collaboratively within the Membership department and will assist in its production of events, conversations, talks, and performances.  Ideal candidates will have an interest in literature, human rights, and/or arts programming and will be able to commit to 16–20 hours per week. Note that occasional evening and weekend events will be required.

The internship will provide a window into the wide-range of endeavors undertaken by PEN American Center, including our acclaimed Prison Writing Program, our advocacy efforts on behalf of the First Amendment in the U.S. and on behalf of imperiled writers across the globe, as well as our work to ensure that a variety of voices and experiences are represented in American letters. Public Programs invite PEN’s members and the public to engage with the work undertaken by PEN staffers. They raise awareness about PEN American Center as an organization, as well as about specific initiatives and campaigns, and also raise awareness about PEN members and the importance of literature as an art form. In this way, public programs are integral to the strategic plan of the organization and the Public Programs intern will be essential to reaching its fulfillment.

The successful candidate will work with departments across the organization and will be involved in two areas of work: 1) event production and its daily administration, and 2) research and writing relating to future events. He/she may be asked to spearhead special projects depending on interests, skill set, and availability.


  • - Assist with the planning, research, development and implementation of programs for a diverse audience, including but not limited to talks, performances, film screenings and special projects.
    - Research ideas for future programs, obtain contact and/or biographical information about writers/participants.
    - Assist with outreach for upcoming public programs.
    - Create and proofread marketing collateral, such as printed materials, e-blasts, website text, etc.
    - Process internal paperwork for marketing and event production.
    - Assist with day-of-event program coordination and on-site production.


  • - Ability to work independently and as a team player in a fast-paced environment, to handle multiple tasks at once, and to adhere to deadlines.
  • - Possess both exemplary organizational skills with an eye for detail, as well as excellent writing skills and the ability to conduct research.
  • - Experience with event production or the performing arts is preferred.
  • - Professionalism and superior interpersonal skills will be required in a variety of situations, including interactions with writers/participants, staff, members, and the public.
  • - Proficiency in MS Office Applications is necessary and comfort with Adobe Design programs is a plus.

Internships include:

  • - Opportunities to attend or participate in a vast number of PEN American Center events.
  • - Participation in departmental and all-staff meetings as available.
  • - Travel stipend.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Beth Weinstein at elizabeth@pen.org, specifying the internship in the subject line and describing how the position matches his/her qualifications and goals in the cover letter.

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Beth Weinstein
New York, NY

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