Each year, the AFSC welcomes more than 100 fellows, interns, apprentices, and young volunteers across the globe. Our interns, like AFSC itself, believe that there is worth in every person and that love can overcome violence and injustice.
Internships with AFSC programs develop leaders for social change. Our interns build bridges of understanding and active alliances among young people – and communities – of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
This spring, AFSC Chicago brought in two new interns to work in collaboration with staff members and local area high school students to help educate, organize and team up with the community of Chicago for the upcoming NATO Summit in May. They have been working on:
Sara Crippen, an AFSC Iowa intern, describes her desire to continue work for immigrant rights.
If you want to catch Sara Crippen, you'd better lace up your track shoes. Tight.
A 2011 graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and a member of the Central track team, Sara served as an intern during the spring semester with AFSC Iowa's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines. Every Tuesday afternoon, Sara assisted Jody Mashek, IVP Legal Services Director, with walk-in hours. With a beaming smile, Sara offered a warm welcome to immigrants seeking a variety of immigration legal services, including family reunification.
Matching law students with GIs wanting out of the military may not seem a natural fit. But law students volunteering with AFSC’s San Francisco GI Rights hotline are finding the experience richly rewarding. “To start ending some of the hurt for people: that’s what I like about it,” says Jason Thomas, a second year student at University of California Hastings.
Annie Frundle, an Avila University social work student, began working half-time with ASFC Kansas City as a social work intern in August. Annie has been learning about AFSC's work and assisted with preparations for the Crossroads peace festival on October 1.
Her placement requires both “macro” experiences (e.g. policy chance, organizing, public education, advocacy) and “micro” experiences (e.g. social work counseling, identification of needed services, etc.)
At the peace festival, Jon Krieg asked Annie why she's interning with AFSC.
It’s early on Tuesday morning, and dozens of Latino men are gathered outside of the Home Depot on Rhode Island Avenue.
A pickup truck slows to a stop in the parking lot, and the men swarm around it, negotiating frantically with the driver. The driver motions for two of them to get in and the men speed away. The rest shuffle back to the shade of the trees and wait for the next truck to appear.
In July 2010 members of the male mentoring group in Logan, West Virginia, went on a camping and fishing trip on the New River.
The MARStar newsletter is published by the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee. Read about one man’s desire to mentor young people as well as a recent intern’s experiences.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.