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

We are currently looking for an intern for the summer months or starting in the summer for the next year.

Please contact us 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 Intern

The William Penn House provides a unique opportunity for individuals or couples who are in unity with Quaker faith and practice. Interns live and work at the house, participating in community living while being encouraged to grow in areas for which they find an aptitude or a desire to contribute. The full-time internship is a 40-hour work week.

Ideally, half of a given week will be spent working with our programs and the other half will be spent on hospitality duty. Below is a summary of these two areas.

Possible Program Duties:
With the support and supervision of the Washington Quaker Workcamps (WQW) and Program Director, interns...

  • Schedule seminars and workcamps, including writing and sending contracts to groups
  • Plan seminars and workcamps in coordination with youth-group leaders, teachers and the WQW and Program Coordinator
  • Plan itineraries, including plotting out local travel and scheduling service sites, speakers and field trips to local organizations
  • When needed, coordinate catering and purchase and help prepare food
  • Participate in facilitation and evaluation of workcamps and seminars
  • Help with outreach to Meetings and schools/recruit individuals and groups to participate in workcamps and seminars
  • Help maintain and update the database, inputting information about workcamps, seminars, youth groups, schools and program resources
  • Manage WQW home repair projects:
    • Locate appropriate projects
    • Identify work to be done, in consultation with experts if needed
    • Obtain necessary supplies for projects
    • Supervise youth work crews, 7th grade and up, and their adult leaders, on a weekly basis
    • Maintain WQW tools and evaluate needs for new tools
  • Help develop and design new programs
  • Participate in meetings
  • Take on further appropriate responsibilities as way opens

Hospitality Duties:

  • Serving breakfast and cleaning up afterwards
  • Registering guests by phone, on-line and in person
  • Checking status of bedrooms and baths and laundry
  • Working with on-line registration system and maintaining database.
  • Inputting data into the database
  • Helping with mailings and publicity of the House
  • Performing office work as needed
  • Living in community with fellow staff members
  • Sharing in the spiritual life of the House and participating in House sponsored events
  • When needed performing minor janitorial duties
  • Performing other duties as assigned

PLEASE NOTE: As a member of a hospitality staff, 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. Most hospitality shifts are from 7AM to 2PM or from 2PM to 9PM, allowing the intern time to explore the resources and volunteer opportunities the Washington DC area has to offer during regular business hours.

Additionally, the William Penn House provides the following Compensation and Benefits:

  • Room and board
  • Health insurance (for internships of 6+ months)
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Small stipend for living expenses
  • 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. If you feel that you would be a good fit for the William Penn House, we invite you to begin a dialogue through the contact information listed below.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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 weekends
  • 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
  • Basic construction skills

To apply, send by e-mail your resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Brad Ogilvie
Program Coordinator    202 543-5560

William Penn House
515 East Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003