Social Justice Residencies and Summer Service Internships

WPH Internships and Residencies:  A different way to make a difference!    Are you looking for a way to live out or live into your commitment to peace, justice and building safer and more inclusive societies?  William Penn House Social Justice Residencies and Summer Service Internships offer college students and recent graduates a unique combination of service, civic engagement and structured opportunities for personal, spiritual, and professional development.  Join us for a chance to change the world — and your life!

WPH Summer Service Internship: Hospitality as Activism. This 10-12 week social justice internship offers rich opportunities to get to know Washington, DC from the inside, while supporting activists from around the country and participating in experiential education programs that expand traditional concepts of justice, inclusion and activism.

WPH Social Justice Residency: The year long program offers similar opportunities to the summer internships, but with sustained support for college graduates committed to building more peaceful, just and inclusive communities.  Working closely with WPH professional staff encourages and equips Residents to explore a range of social justice issues and modalities or to dig more deeply into an issue or form of advocacy that already speaks to them.

Resident and Internship activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving on WPH Hospitality staff, with an emphasis on radical hospitality as service and activism;
  • Developing and hosting public events, such as monthly social justice documentary screenings;
  • Assisting with our community- and travel-based social justice education programs;
  • Networking with interns and other young professionals from grassroots, faith-based and governmental organizations;
  • Exploring long-term career opportunities related to each individual’s  unique talents and social justice interests;
  • Living and working in a supportive intentional community just blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Interns and Residents receive on-site housing, all meals and a modest living allowance.

The WPH Summer Service Internship may be eligible for experiential/service learning or independent study credit at some colleges and universities. The 12-month Residency may fulfill  supervised ministry or ordination requirements through some seminaries or religious denominations.

For more information: Please contact Vereene Parnell, 202-543-5560 or To begin the application process, please attach a current resume and cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience. PRELIMINARY DEADLINE: April 2nd.  We will continue to review applications until all positions are filled.

WPH Residents at Rally for Racial Justice

WPH Residents at Rally for Racial Justice


Interns at Smithsonian Folkslife Festival

You don’t have to be a clown to work here, but it doesn’t hurt.

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