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We currently employ staff on both a full-time and part-time basis, and provide a challenging but supportive working environment.

We offer competitive salaries and a non-contributory pension scheme with 5% employer contribution, which will comply with UK auto-enrolment requirements from February 2017; 25 days’ annual leave for full time staff; and family-friendly policies.

Many of the positions at the international office offer an opportunity for international travel.

Thank you for your interest in working for PEN International.

For all vacancies, please submit a full CV and covering letter explaining why you would like to work for PEN International and how you meet the person specification to recruitment@pen-international.org by the closing date specified for the vacancy.


There are not currently any vacancies at PEN International.

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Events Intern

PEN International is seeking an Events Intern to join the International Programmes Team for 2-4 days a week until October 2016.

The Intern will work under the close supervision of PEN’s Congress, Committees and Centres Co-ordinator to organise PEN’s 82nd Congress which is being hosted by Galician PEN and held in Ourense City, Spain 26th Sep – 2nd Oct. As such the internship will provide an opportunity to gain experience of developing and organising an international membership conference in the field of human rights and literary / cultural development for a membership organisation.

The post will be based at the offices of PEN International near London Bridge with a week’s travel to Galicia, Spain, in Sep/Oct 2016. The Intern will report directly to the Congress, Committees and Centres Co-ordinator.

This internship would be suitable for someone interested in human rights, development or literature looking to gain experience in events and / or cultural management within the charity sector.

Tasks will include:

  • Assisting in the preparation of Congress materials for participants, funders and the media;
  • Responding to enquiries from Congress participants;
  • Assisting in the preparing of Congress communiqués to PEN Centres and participants;
  • Assisting in the logistical arrangements for delegates and invited guests from Latin America, Africa and Asia;
  • Translating small amounts of text between English and Spanish (and French if applicable to candidate);
  • Interpreting discussions in Spanish (between PEN International and partners);
  • Assisting in the development of a strategy on using digital platforms to encourage debate and conversation between PEN Centres with an aim to contribute to PEN’s advocacy efforts (optional);
  • Contributing ideas towards event programming
  • Attending and contributing to staff, team and Congress meetings

To apply email your CV (maximum 2 pages) and a brief cover letter (maximum 1 page) outlining your reasons for applying, the skills you can bring to the position and how you meet the essential criteria (desirable criteria if applicable/ Please email these documents to recruitment@pen-international.org using ‘Events Intern 2016’ in the subject line by May 7th 2016.

For a more detailed job description and information on how to apply, please click here.

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PEN International offers a year-round volunteer scheme across all areas of our work, providing interesting and exciting placements to those looking for a career in an NGO, charity, human rights or arts organisation.

Volunteers have helped ensure the success of such projects as the Writers in Prison Committee’s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010; the coordination and promotion of the Free the Word! event series since 2008; administrative support for our international Congresses and for regional programmes; coordination of worldwide meetings with writers from Centres; and much more.

A placement with us can benefit a volunteer in a number of ways, helping her or him to acquire: experience working for a leading international human rights NGO; research and campaigning skills in the area of freedom of expression; experience of project and event management; development of written, editorial and proofreading skills; development of skills in the field of communications, including event marketing and PR and web content management.

Travel expenses and a daily allowance will be provided.

Volunteer opportunities are announced alongside our paid positions on this page, although we welcome expressions of interest in volunteering at any time. We ask for volunteers to commit to a minimum of three months for at least two days a week. (Some placements have extended to six months and beyond.)

Volunteer Translators

With a global membership speaking over 40 languages we have a regular demand for translators. We work in English, French and Spanish, but also often require translation into and from other languages. At the moment we are particularly looking for people who can translate English to FrenchArabic, Spanish and Russian.

If you are interested in supporting PEN International as a volunteer translator and gaining valuable experience of translating for a range of media for a global NGO, please get in touch. Items for translation include news articles for the web; communiqués for the membership; campaigns reports; project evaluation documents.