About this Job
INTERNSHIP (unpaid) advocating for Freedom of Expression
PEN America’s Washington, DC office is seeking motivated interns to support our work promoting free expression and supporting writers at risk in the United States and around the world. This work includes research and advocacy on US free expression issues (including press freedom, fraudulent news, digital rights, surveillance and privacy rights, whistleblower protections, access to information, and other issues), as well as advocacy on free expression and defense of writers and journalists globally.
Interns will have the opportunity to draft advocacy materials including press releases, memos, and briefing papers; interact with Congressional offices, the executive branch, and other non-profit organizations; and help organize events in Washington. Interns will help manage a database of key contacts in Washington (Congressional and executive branch, media, and civil society organizations).
This intern will provide support for the Washington, DC office, including the following tasks:
- Work closely with the Washington Director and Advocacy Coordinator to track and respond to current events related to free expression issues in the U.S. and abroad
- Draft press and advocacy materials, social media, and web content
- Support legislative outreach
- Conduct research and prepare memos
- Conduct research on writers facing severe threats globally
- Help plan and organize events
- Explore issues of personal interest relating to PEN America’s mission
The following skills will be taken into consideration (not all are required):
- Demonstrated commitment to the Principles of Free Expression
- Superb writing skills, including the ability to craft clear, user-friendly language
- Strong research and analytical skills
- Keen logistical eye for details and excellent organizational skills
- Strong familiarity with social media platforms
- Knowledge of U.S. or global human rights and free expression issues
- Fluency in Google Drive document management and suite of applications
Desired features in interns:
- High energy and efficiency
- Strong work ethic
- Meticulous attention to deadlines
- Strong interpersonal skills and an aptitude for collaboration, creativity, and initiative
To apply: Please email a cover letter explaining your interest, and your resume, to firstname.lastname@example.org or apply through handshake. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Start dates flexible through January. No phone calls, please.
About PEN American Center, Inc.
PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible.
PEN America is the largest of more than 100 centers of PEN International. For more than 90 years, we have been working together with our colleagues in the international PEN community to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. In doing so, we are building on a tradition begun in the years following World War I and carried forward by thousands of American writers.
Our strength is our membership—a nationwide community of novelists, journalists, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other professionals, and an even larger network of devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.