Freeman Internships

The Harrop A. and Ruth S. Freeman Peace Internship Endowment was created in 1996 by a bequest from life-long peace activists Ruth and Harrop Freeman to provide stipends to interns in the War Resisters League’s national office. The Freemans were close personal associates of A.J. Muste, and Harrop — a radical lawyer and World War II conscientious objector — was one of the founding board members of the Muste Institute.

Freeman Internships are based in the War Resisters League National Office in New York City. Internships generally run for a twelve-week period. Interns work 20 hours a week, primarily with one of WRL's Organizing Staff on a number of organizing projects and administrative tasks.

Recent Freeman Internships have included:

  • Planning, promoting and attending the WRL Training for Trainers, a weekend-long workshop teaching training techniques to help groups develop strategy for nonviolent campaigns, exploring the power of nonviolent actions, methods for incorporating race and gender justice, and preparing people for nonviolent direct action.
  • Working with WRL national organizers on the Police Militarization campaign development — including campaign planning, research and curation of political education materials; preparation for Working Group meetings, outreach and base-building, public speaking and facilitation of workshops.
  • Working with WRL tech staff to migrating content from our old website to our new site, editing content, repairing code and optimizing graphics.
  • Supporting the WRL New England Organizer & National Organizers in strengthening WRL's online multi-media presence on the promoting of, and resourcing for, nonviolent direct action training tools and guides.

  • Assisting WRL national organizers with creating media about WRL organizing, including email and videos, and monitoring and updating WRL websites and social networking sites.
  • Office and administrative tasks including reorganizing the WRL Work Room, assisting with electronics recycling, fulfilling WRL literature and merchandise orders and preparing materials for shipment to WRL's archives at the Swarthmore Peace Collection.

The Freeman Internship is an opportunity for young people to become involved with a variety of tasks in a national antiwar organization, and to develop as leaders. Applicants with experience in youth organizing, popular education/training, and campaign work are especially encouraged to apply. Web and design skills are a plus. There is a stipend provided. Arrangements for room and board are possible for those who could not participate otherwise. College credit can be arranged. There is an office cat.

The War Resisters League is actively committed to seeking the full representation and participation of people of color, women, lesbians, bisexuals and gay men, and people with disabilities (the office is not wheelchair accessible), as well as people representing various ages, classes, and cultural backgrounds. Such diversity is sought throughout WRL's staff and decision-making bodies.

The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity. We therefore are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of the causes of war, including racism, sexism, and all forms of human exploitation.