Sunday, February 15, 2015

The DC Rape Crisis Center is dedicated to creating a world free of sexual violence. The Center works for social change through community outreach, education, and legal and public policy initiatives. It helps survivors and their families heal from the aftermath of sexual violence through crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy.

The DC Rape Crisis Center accepts applicants on a rolling basis, but typically have interns coming in starting in January, May, and September. The number of undergraduate student interns they seek varies based on time of year and needs of the organization.

Many interns work within their offices supporting the development, training and technical assistance, advocacy and civic engagement departments. All interns have the opportunity to also serve on our 24-hour crisis support hotline for survivors. The populations vary greatly, and depending on the role they may be going out to a variety of elementary, middle, and high schools in the District, working with volunteers of varying ages and demographics, and connecting with politicians and council members or strategic partners in sponsorship and financial support. 

Interns take on a variety of responsibilities depending on their role. There is a lot of room for administration and research, but the experience is not solely limited to these roles. They may be facilitating trainings in the community or for the greater volunteer corps, building relationships with their strategic partners, posting on social media and discussing communications strategies, and assisting in reviewing legislation. The options depend on the needs of the organization and the desires of the interns. The crisis center works with the interns to create a personalized work plan to both support the agency but also to grow and have access to the experiences they are looking for.

The internship placement can be relatively competitive, but once on board, the DC Rape Crisis Center provides personalized supports as well as community building and engagement, and supplemental learning opportunities related to their issue area of sexual violence and anti-oppression.

To Apply: Complete the application on the website and submit it to After the application is received, Cristina Urena will contact the applicant and determine which opportunity would be the best fit. The supervisor of that position will interview them and decide whether or not to offer the position. If you have any questions, you can email Cristina at

Location: The offices are located at 5321 First Place, NE Washington DC 20011. It is a one to two minute walk from the Fort Totten Metro stop with access to the yellow, green, and red lines.

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