Educational Overview

A Day Off in the Life of An Intern by Janaki Spickard-Keeler

We are currently seeking interns beginning September 1st, 2017.

Please contact Andrei Israel if you are interested.

Applications for Intern positions are accepted on a rolling basis.

William Penn House is a Quaker center. Preference on hiring will be given to Quakers or those who are knowledgeable about Quakers and are in unity with the Quaker testimonies of peace, community, simplicity, truth and equality. William Penn House does not discriminate due to race, gender, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. William Penn House is a smoke and alcohol-free facility.

William Penn House Internships

Internships at William Penn House provide a unique opportunity to contribute to Quaker education and activism while developing professionally, personally, and spiritually. Interns live in Quaker community at William Penn House, participating in community living while being encouraged to grow in areas for which they find an aptitude or a desire to contribute. Interns can develop skills and experience in social justice education, activism, non-profit management, and hospitality. Support is available for participation in Quaker activities and for personal and professional development.

Interns support all of the programs of William Penn House, including providing hospitality for guests, doing service work in the community, facilitating service-learning programs, and coordinating educational seminars.

Possible Duties:

  • Planning and coordinating Quaker workcamps and seminars for youth and intergenerational groups from diverse religious and secular communities
  • Supervising service projects including gardening, light construction, food preparation, and other tasks
  • Serving and cleaning up the daily breakfast at William Penn House
  • Registering guests by phone, on-line and in person
  • Assisting with office management as needed
  • Sharing in the spiritual life of the House and participating in House sponsored events
  • Performing basic cleaning and housekeeping duties on occasion

PLEASE NOTE: As a member of a resident staff community, the intern is required to live at the House. Due to our small staff, we are not closed on most holidays but do close the House during Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, ownership of a car is not feasible in this area of the city. Street parking on Capitol Hill is extremely limited and William Penn House does not provide parking.

Most of the DC area is easily accessible by Metrorail (subway) or city buses, and William Penn House is a 10 to 15-minute walk to three Metrorail stops. The House is within walking distance of the Nation’s Capitol, the House and Senate Office Buildings, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Museums and the National Gallery of Art, as well as being a short Metrorail ride to the White House and most government agencies.

To support your internship experience, we provide:

  • Housing on-site at William Penn House
  • Groceries
  • Small stipend for living expenses (full-time internships)
  • Funding and leave for professional development activities

Applications for internship are accepted on a rolling basis. Appointments vary in length and may be structured to meet an academic calendar. Typically we seek interns starting March/April for Summer Interns and July/August for Year Long Interns. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Commitment to Quaker values of peacebuilding, social justice, equality, and environmental stewardship
  • Strong written, oral, and electronic communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience with basic computer applications
  • Flexibility, creativity, and problem-solving skills
  • Unity with Quaker faith and practice and the traditions of Quaker education
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and evenings
  • Ability to multi-task

Additional Welcomed Characteristics:

  • A strong calling to work with young people
  • Experience leading groups of young people in an experiential education or service-learning context
  • Experience living in community
  • Basic construction and/or gardening skills

To apply, send by e-mail a letter of interest explaining your background and interest in the internship, a current resume, and contact information for three references to Andrei Israel,

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