This paid internship has been created as part of the Creative Employment Programme. The Creative Employment Programme is an Arts Council England fund to support the creation of traineeships, formal apprenticeship and paid internship opportunities in England for unemployed young people wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. You can find out more on the Creative Employment Website.
There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for this Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus. These eligibility criteria have been approved by the Department of Work and Pensions.
English PEN is the founding centre of an international writers’ association, working to promote the freedom to write and the freedom to read in the UK and around the world. We have an exciting opportunity for someone who would like to gain experience in the fields of literature and human rights.
English PEN promotes literature and free speech through four main programme areas:
- Campaigns – International and in the UK
PEN provides support and encouragement to persecuted writers around the world. In the UK we work to ensure free speech is protected, most recently lobbying to reform the libel laws in the UK.
- Readers and Writers
Our education work involves programming creative writing workshops in prisons, refugee centres and schools in the UK.
- Writers in Translation
We deliver a series of grants to publishers to promote the readership of world literature in translation in the UK.
- Writers in Public
Through a programme of public events and prizes we celebrate excellence in writing and showcase new voices.
This is a 30 hours per week role, joining English PEN’s staff team of 11, based at the Free Word Centre in Clerkenwell, London.
English PEN is an equal opportunities employer, which is actively seeking to employ people currently underrepresented in the creative and cultural sector. This includes young people, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
The role of intern is to support English PEN’s work across its four main programme areas. This will involve:
- General office support – providing administrative support to the English PEN team. Your week could involve helping set up a literary event, writing minutes for committee meetings, updating information to the database, assisting with membership mail outs.
- Programme support – providing specific administrative support to programme teams. You might be writing copy for the PEN website, updating social media, researching writers for a workshop series, proof-reading articles or reports.
- Event support – assisting in the planning and delivery of key public events including the annual PEN Quiz in November.
We would welcome applications from people who are:
- Great communicators, both written and verbal
- Enthusiastic and motivated with a ‘can-do’ attitude
- Calm and professional under pressure
- Experienced with using digital platforms
- Resourceful with an ability to use initiative
- Interested in other cultures
- Eager to promote free speech and new writing from unheard voices
- Interested in English PEN’s work in literature and free speech
Please send a CV, and a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for the role, to [email protected] by 5pm on Tuesday 7 April 2015. Please write ‘Intern Application’ in the subject line of the email.
Your covering letter should include confirmation that you are registered unemployed.
There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for this Creative Employment Programme funded internship. At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus. Candidates must have a legal right to work in the UK.
Interviews will be held during the week beginning Monday 20 April.