Supportive Advocacy Internship Program

General Position Description:

Supportive Advocacy Interns work alongside Advocates to assist survivors of domestic violence.

Interns primarily assist SAFE clients by:

  • Providing resources and facilitating access to social services; and
  • Guiding clients through the civil and criminal justice process.

The primary objective of a Supportive Advocacy Intern is to support victims and survivors of domestic violence as they take steps to become self-sufficient, while also learning about the civil and criminal justice system in Washington, DC. In addition to providing services, interns strive to improve survivors’ safety and well-being through systems advocacy. This is a great experience for folks who are either in or considering going into social work, law, or criminal justice.

Supportive Advocacy Intern Responsibilities:

  1. Complete 40 hours of Domestic  Violence Core Competency Training in order to obtain Advocate Privilege in the District of Columbia (provided by DC SAFE)
  2. Diligently maintain client records and SAFE databases;
  3. Perform additional duties as needed and when so directed.


Responsibilities while in DVICs:

  • Assist DC SAFE clients in drafting petitions, motions and other legal documents related to Civil Protection Orders (CPO’s) and Temporary Protection Orders (TPO’s);
  • Accompany clients to Court, and answer questions as they arise throughout the Protection Order process;
  • Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support for victims and survivors in the Domestic Violence Intake Centers in Northwest and Southeast DC;
  • Provide information, referrals, letters of recommendation and broad-based advocacy for victims to facilitate their access to social service programs;
  • Facilitate clients’ access to emergency housing, food, and transportation services and assist clients in applying for Crime Victims’ Compensation;
  • General and legal service agencies for direct legal representation;
  • Completing follow-up for clients who have visited the Domestic Violence Intake Center.

Responsibilities while in Court:

  • Following up with clients 24 hours before CPO date
  • Accompany clients to Court and answer questions as they arise throughout the Protection Order Process
  • Provide any additional support or referrals for clients

Requirements for the Internship:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college or graduate program with an academic concentration in women’s studies, social work, legal studies/law, criminal justice, or social justice;
  • Demonstrated interest in women’s rights, victim empowerment, public interest law or community service.
  • Ability to complete mandatory 40-hour training program.
  • Fluency in Spanish or Amharic is a plus.
  • Internship hours are completed Monday-Friday during normal court hours (8:30am-4:30pm)
  • Must be able to commit at least 25 hours each week.
  • Dedication and attention to detail are extremely important.

DC SAFE is not currently accepting applications for this internship program. Please check back in the coming months for possible updates regarding deadlines and instructions for applying for the fall 2018.