Internships at William Penn House

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.

Internship Activities:

  • Planning and coordinating service-learning and social justice education programs for youth and intergenerational groups from diverse religious and secular communities
  • Supervising service projects including gardening, light construction, food preparation, and other tasks
  • Welcoming guests to William Penn House and managing our hospitality program
  • Assisting with office management
  • Sharing in the spiritual life of the House and participating in House sponsored events
  • Performing basic cleaning, maintenance, and housekeeping duties on occasion

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
  • Funding and leave for professional development activities

We have both full-year and summer internships.  Full-year internships begin in May or August/September.  Summer internships correspond with college summer break.  Start and end dates can be flexible to accommodate other commitments.

Applications are accepted at any time.  For May start dates, we review applications beginning February 1st; for August start dates we begin review on March 1st.   

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 Vereene Parnell, vereene(at)