Summer Internships

Nov 1, 2014

As part of our work to encourage young adults to engage in advocacy for peace and justice, we offer a limited number of unpaid summer internships. These internships give participants a broad introduction to federal policy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management. The experience is ideal for undergraduate or college-age participants, but some graduate-level participants have found it to be meaningful as well.

What do summer interns do?

Experiences vary, depending on what projects are going on at the FCNL office. Often interns work within a particular legislative issue area, but participants should arrive expecting to engage in a variety of tasks.

Past summer intern projects have included:

  • Researching and consolidating information about members of Congress
  • Tallying potential vote counts and/or swing lists
  • Delivering letters to Hill offices
  • Assembling mailings to donors
  • Drafting action alerts
  • Phone banking for FCNL events
  • Writing blog posts and letters to the editor (Check out FCNL's intern blog to see some of their writing)
  • Creating resources on Quaker institutions for staff orientation
  • Greeting visitors in FCNL’s reception area
  • Taking photos and signing people in at Congressional briefings
  • Drafting a brief about drones policy
  • Encouraging constituents in key districts to write letters to the editor about immigration reform
  • Drafting copy on the Trans-Pacific Partnership for FCNL’s website
  • Working with FCNL’s database
  • Managing our Iran postcard project

Interns are also encouraged to seek out and attend forums at think tanks, Congressional briefings, coalition meetings, and other networking events (about 1 or 2 each week).

Many choose to work with FCNL full-time. Flexible scheduling is available for those who work other jobs, but interns are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week over the course of at least three weekdays. Tele-working is not an option; interns must report to the FCNL office. Participants are expected to wear professional or business casual dress while in the office.

Interns are provided with a workspace and a computer. While FCNL does not offer compensation, reimbursement for commuting expenses is available.

Who can apply?

The internship experience is ideal for undergraduate/college-age participants, but enrollment in an educational institution is not required. Some graduate and law students have found the experience meaningful as well. High school students are not eligible, but may inquire about volunteering with FCNL on a case-by-case basis by sending a resume and cover letter to

Does FCNL offer housing?

No, interns are responsible for finding their own housing. Some past participants have been able to secure housing through their university and some have stayed with relatives or friends in the area.

Here are some housing resources to explore:

William Penn House – a Quaker hostel located about a 10 minute walk from the FCNL office.
Loftstel – a temporary group housing solution
Washington Peace Center Housing Resource list
• Craigslist summer sublet – many people leave for the summer and look for people to sublet a room in a group house.

How do I apply?

Send a cover letter and resume to Applications open on November 1, 2014 and must be received by March 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-April.

Your cover letter should include:

  • Why you want to work for FCNL
  • The days and hours per week you would be available to work (if known)
  • Specific program interests
  • Any past involvement with Quaker institutions

When does the program begin?

The program begins with an orientation on June 1, 2015 and ends on July 31st, 2015. End dates are negotiable, but orientation is required.

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