Literary Education Programs Assistant – 10-month Paid Internship

Apr 25, 2022 | Work at PEN/Faulkner

PEN/Faulkner is seeking candidates to join our Education Programs team for a hands-on paid internship beginning in September 2022 for a 10-month term ending in June 2023. Spanish-speaking candidates are especially encouraged to apply. 

The Literary Education Programs Assistant plays a crucial role in PEN/Faulkner’s K-12 education outreach program. The primary responsibilities for this position are (a) on-site coordination of in-person Author Visits in DC schools and (b) behind-the-scenes support to facilitate high-quality programming. The intern works in close collaboration with PEN/Faulkner’s Education Programs team and will receive direct professional experience in arts administration, arts education, and literary outreach.


  • Assist with Author Visit event coordination and manage Author Visits in-person, including student engagement, partnership building with schools/educators, and relationship building with authors; conduct on-site data collection for each visit. This requires independent travel to/from school locations across Washington, DC. 
  • Assist with data entry of programming surveys.
  • Assist with management of book lists, author and book database, educator/community outreach, and book ordering. 
  • Research contemporary authors and books.
  • Write and edit book synopses and author bios for outreach purposes. 
  • As requested, support Writing Workshops and the Writers in Residence program. 
  • Conduct professional email correspondence with external constituents, including educators, community partners, and occasionally authors.
  • 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. 
  • Willingness to take risks, accept feedback, and grow. 
  • Drive to work independently and as part of a team, excitement to pitch in on all assignments, and comfort with detail-oriented remote office work.
  • Ability to independently problem solve; must be able to react quickly to concerns or issues that may arise in settings where PEN/Faulkner staff are not present. 
  • Demonstrated flexibility to accommodate changing educator/school needs, occasionally on short notice. 
  • 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.
  • Able to travel to schools in neighborhoods throughout Washington, DC for school-based, in-person programming.
  • Reliable wifi and technology access with audio and video capabilities. High level of proficiency with the GSuite platform (Gmail, GDocs, GCal, etc.). Ability to navigate online platforms (Microsoft Teams, Zoom).
  • Can commit to a ten-month contract of 29 hours weekly from September 15, 2022 through June 16, 2023. Work schedule is Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am – 4:30pm and Friday from 9am – 3:30pm. 

Candidates are required 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 $16.10 paid every two weeks, plus allowed leave available after 30 days.

How to apply:

Submit a resume demonstrating your experience with young people/community populations, along with a cover letter and contact information for three references to [email protected]. Put “Literary Education Programs Assistant” in the subject line. We will only contact references for final candidates. Applications will be accepted until Sunday, May 22 at midnight EST. Interviews will be conducted in late-May and June. 

Your cover letter should connect your skills and experiences directly to this opportunity. What makes you ideal for this position? In what ways will your skills and prior experiences contribute to our education work?  We receive an abundance of applications that describe a passion for reading since childhood or a personal love of writing—tell us instead how your professional background can help PEN/Faulkner’s Education Programs achieve its goals.


The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities. PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization based in Washington, DC. PEN/Faulkner’s Education Programs work in DC schools to 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. 

PEN/Faulkner is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and strongly encourages persons of color; females; LGBTQIA persons; and persons with disabilities to apply to available positions.

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