Literary Education Programs Assistant

Jun 7, 2021 | Work at PEN/Faulkner

PEN/Faulkner is seeking candidates to join our Education Programs team for a hands-on paid internship beginning in September 2021 for a 10-month term ending in June 2022. Spanish-speaking candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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The Literary Education Programs Assistant is an important part of PEN/Faulkner’s K-12 education outreach team. Our interns work in close collaboration with PEN/Faulkner’s Education Programs team and will receive direct professional experience in arts administration, arts education, and literary outreach.

PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization based in Washington, DC. We give out the annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Our Literary Conversations series brings together highly-acclaimed writers from all over the country to engage in thrilling, thought-provoking conversations. Our Education Programs empower the next generation of readers and writers through donations of culturally relevant books, conversations with diverse authors, and writing instruction led by published writers.


  • Assist with author visit event coordination and attend author visits; where needed, support writing workshops.
  • Research contemporary authors and books.
  • Write and edit book synopses and author bios for outreach purposes.
  • Write compelling narratives for PEN/Faulkner’s blog about author visits, writing workshops, and the importance of culturally responsive literacy and books.
  • Assist with data entry of programming surveys.
  • Assist with management of book lists, author and book database, educator/community outreach, and book ordering.
  • Support general administrative tasks and additional responsibilities as required.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Superb attention to detail.
  • Ability and drive to work independently and as part of a team, as well as comfort with remote work.
  • Experience working with youth and/or other community work, preferably with Black, Latinx, and/or low-income populations; fluency in Spanish is a HUGE plus.
  • Excitement to pitch in on all assignments.
  • Demonstrated flexibility to accommodate changing educator/school needs.
  • Willingness to task risks, accept feedback, and grow.
  • Able to travel to schools in neighborhoods throughout Washington, DC for school-based, in-person programming.
  • Able to navigate online virtual learning platforms (Microsoft Teams, Zoom) for virtual programming.
  • Reliable wifi and technology access with audio and video capabilities. High level of proficiency with the GSuite Platform (Gmail, GDocs, etc.).
  • Can commit to a ten-month contract of approx. 28-32 hours weekly from September 2021 through June 2022. Work schedule is Tuesday-Friday during school hours.

Candidates must be able to pass a state-mandated background check and a drug/alcohol test, as required by our partner schools, and must be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

During the ten months, the intern receives:

  • An opportunity to help young people across multiple grade levels develop writing skills and a love for literature.
  • Direct experience with the ins-and-outs of program administration at a renowned literary nonprofit.
  • A supportive environment in which to learn and grow.
  • Free tickets to PEN/Faulkner’s Literary Conversations.
  • An hourly rate of $15.20 paid weekly.

How to apply:

Submit a written statement, resume (demonstrating your experience with young people/community populations), and contact information for three references to [email protected] with “Literary Education Programs Assistant” in the subject line.

Your written statement should connect your experiences and passions directly to this opportunity. We receive many applications that describe a passion for reading since childhood or a personal love of writing. Tell us how you see your interests and passions specifically contribute to our education work, and how your experience can help PEN/Faulkner’s Education Programs achieve our goals.

Applications will be accepted from June 7 – July 5, 2021 with interviews beginning in mid-July.

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