1. Work with FCNL

Summer Internship

Apply by March 20, 2020

Work at FCNL’s office in Washington, DC throughout June and July to advance our witness for peace on Capitol Hill. FCNL offers several paid summer internships that provide a broad introduction to federal policy, grassroots organizing, and nonprofit management.

Interns hold a War Is Not the Answer sign

FCNL Summer Interns

The experience is ideal for people ages 18-23, but some older participants have found it to be meaningful as well. Experiences vary depending on what projects are going on at the FCNL office. 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
  • Delivering letters to Hill offices
  • Assembling mailings to donors
  • Greeting visitors in FCNL’s reception area and giving tours of FCNL’s LEED-certified green building
  • Creating an alumni directory of past participants of FCNL’s young adult programs
  • Drafting action alerts
  • Phone banking for FCNL events
  • Conducting a comprehensive survey of Quaker meetings
  • Coordinating a letter to the editor campaign
  • Working with FCNL’s constituent database

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).

Working Environment & Requirements

FCNL offers a stipend of $3600 for the eight-week internship. We encourage those who are students to first apply for stipends or grants that might be available to them through their schools. Interns are expected to follow the FCNL work week which is M-F from 9-5:30 pm every day with an hour break for lunch. Tele-working is not an option; interns must report to the FCNL office in person. Participants are expected to wear professional or business-casual dress while in the office. The internship program begins with orientation June 1 and runs through July 24. Orientation is required.

FCNL provides support for public transit expenses and interns are provided with a workspace and a computer.

In addition to working closely with a professional staff member at FCNL, interns will have opportunities to participate in lobbying, organizing and policy events.

Housing Options

FCNL does not offer housing for this opportunity; participants are responsible for finding their own. 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:

  • 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.

Application Process

We are not currently accepting applications. Applications will open in October 2019.

A completed application will include:

  • An application form.
  • Resume (including education, work, extracurricular, and volunteer experience).
  • One letter of recommendation from a reference. Letters are due on the day that applications are due. No exceptions will be made for late letters.


For more information please contact Adrienne Peters at apeters@fcnl.org.

FCNL seeks to create a diverse workplace. We are actively soliciting applicants from different ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.