Fall 2018 Internship Opportunities at PEN/Faulkner

Love literature, the arts, and education? Want to learn how a nonprofit operates from the ground up? The PEN/Faulkner Internship program is perfect for you if you answered yes, and we are currently looking to fill four positions for the Fall of 2018. 

  • Writers in Schools Internship
  • Spanish Language & Latinx Communities Internship
  • Literary Events Internship
  • Media and Outreach Internship

Writers in Schools Internship (Multiple positions available)

The Writers in Schools Internship will focus on our Writers in Schools literary arts K-12 school outreach program, which brings contemporary literature into DC public and public charter schools. We provide free books for students and coordinate class visits with the authors, fostering conversation about their works and their careers as writers.

Tasks include:

  • Helping coordinate author visits and attending visits, where needed, as an author ambassador.
  • Support with information management of book lists, author database, website organization, volunteer database, and DC public and charter school demographics and needs.
  • Assist and support evaluation of WinS programming.
  • Assist with and develop reading packets and materials as well as support material development.
  • Update WinS materials in print and on the web, including writing and editing copy, selecting images, and marketing the program.
  • Work closely with the Writers in Schools Program Director to analyze program data and draw meaningful conclusions on the strength and vitality of the program.

The ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • An interest in education and in art-based outreach programs
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for literature
  • A good sense of humor

Spanish Language & Latinx Communities Intern (Multiple positions available, fluency in Spanish is required)

The Spanish Language & Latinx Communities Intern will support our Spanish Language Reading Group, as well as the expansion of our Writers in Schools Spanish language and Latinx authors programming. The reading group is intended to be a mix of native and native-level Spanish speakers alongside students who are learning Spanish. As an offshoot of our Writers in Schools Program, we will provide books and reading packets to the students and bring in authors to discuss their work.  Featured authors will be Latinx.

Tasks include:

  • Researching Latinx authors and books for school-based programs
  • Drafting and translating curriculum for students of different grades
  • Supporting translation of materials and evaluations into Spanish
  • Outreach to Spanish-speaking communities in the DC area, both for volunteer recruitment, participant recruitment, and writer recruitment
  • Attending certain Writers in Schools sessions to serve as staff support and as an author ambassador
  • Assisting with administrative tasks in the office, as needed

The ideal candidate has:

  • Native or native-level fluency in Spanish
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including in Spanish
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • An interest in outreach or marketing to Spanish-speaking and Latinx communities
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for literature
  • A good sense of humor

Literary Events Internship (1 position available)

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” author 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:

  • Research on contemporary authors for upcoming literary events
  • Assisting with the logistics of upcoming author visits, such as scheduling, travel bookings, and accommodations
  • Crafting book synopses and author bios for upcoming programs
  • Attending our literary events and assisting with audience management
  • Generating content  for multiple social media platforms
  • 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

Media and Outreach Internship

With the Media and Outreach Internship, you will have hands-on experience at a national literary arts organization that operates a variety of exciting local programs and events. In this position, you will research potential local partners and opportunities for fundraising, help to build out our social media presence, create content for our website, organize and edit our extensive archive, and have the chance to develop new multimedia materials. The most important criterion is a desire to learn and apply new skills in the service of local communities and the arts.

Potential tasks include:

  • Researching local and national partnerships and development opportunities
  • Organizing and editing literary, promotional, and marketing materials
  • Creating content for social media, online, and print materials
  • Creating contact lists for local and national media and organizations
  • Assisting with live author events and literary conversations
  • Basic graphic design and audio/podcast/video editing
  • General copywriting and administrative tasks

The ideal candidate has:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • An interest in outreach, local advocacy, and nonprofits
  • Experience doing research and organizing information
  • Some experience with graphic design, audio/video editing, and/or social media (not required)
  • The ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team
  • A passion for literature and learning
  • A sense of humor

These internships are open to high school students, college and graduate students, and recent graduates. We expect a commitment of 8-10 hours a week. The deadline to apply is September 5. Interviews and hirings are done on a rolling basis. There is a mandatory orientation meeting on Saturday, September 8, and the end date will be the week of December 3. Our office is located in the WeWork Wonder Bread building near the Shaw-Howard University Metro station.

To apply, please send an email (noting the position you are applying for) with a resumé and cover letter to applications@penfaulkner.org. In your cover letter, please explain what you will bring to the position, as well as what you hope to gain from the experience.