Literary Events Internship Summer 2019

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.

Literary Events Intern Candidate Requirements:

  • Hours: 15–20 hours/week. Candidates must be able to work shifts of at least 4 hours.
  • Start date: Mandatory orientation on Monday, May 20.
  • End date: Week of August 5–9.
  • Time off: To better help us meet our programming needs, summer interns will be granted the following vacation days: Monday, May 27; Thursday, July 4, and the week of Monday, July 8–Friday, July 12. Interns will not be permitted to take personal time off outside of these dates.

To apply:

Send an e-mail (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.

The application deadline is April 15, 2019. Summer internships are exceptionally competitive positions. All interviews and hirings are done on a rolling basis, and positions may fill prior to this date.


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. Upon successful completion of the internship, PEN/Faulkner will provide a travel stipend for interns.

No phone calls, please.

Contact Information

Shahenda Helmy, Programs and Logistics Director
641 S St. NW