Beth Gaver, On Earth Peace’s Written Communications Organizer, recently obtained her B.A. in Global Studies and History/Political Science from Bridgewater College in Virginia. She reflects on her internship and On Earth Peace’s impact on her life and aspirations.
Why did you apply to On Earth Peace? What drew you to the organization?
I was drawn to On Earth Peace because of my experience with my Global Studies major and my interest in nonviolence as applied to international relations. I learned about the organization from friends at Bridgewater College who invited me to a 2-Hour Kingian Nonviolence training with OEP. From there, I wanted to learn more about nonviolence and apply it to my work, and I felt OEP was the best place to build those skills.
What are your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?
Every project I’ve worked on has been greatly rewarding; it’s exciting to publish stories and newsletters on not only OEP’s work but also the work of our constituents. In this role, I get to meet, speak with, and learn about the inspiring individuals that make up OEP and its constituency. I have also particularly enjoyed working on preparations for OEP’s 50th Anniversary. It’s great to see how far we’ve come as an organization and to imagine where we’ll be in another 50 years.
How has OEP impacted your personal outlook and future aspirations?
OEP has really impacted how I view nonviolence and challenged me to reconsider my preconceptions. Through training, I’ve learned about the active character of nonviolence and how to effectively engage in nonviolence. These are skills that I can translate to my career. Also, OEP has taught me a lot about how nonprofit organizations function and how to build community in this regard. Overall, my experience with OEP has been overwhelmingly positive.
What would you like people to know about OEP and yourself?
Internships at OEP are an impactful way to instill young adults with practical skills, community, and nonviolence education. Through this internship, I’ve expanded my portfolio and built relationships with some truly inspiring and kind interns, fellows, and staff. Overall, I’m grateful to this organization for all the opportunities I’ve been provided. Together, we can continue to work towards beloved community built on truth, justice, and mutual understanding.