Crisis Response Team Internship Program

Job Description
The Crisis Response Team was designed to help bridge the gap in services for victims of
domestic violence during non-business hours. It has now become a 24-hour a day, 7 day-a-week
response to domestic violence in the DC Metro Area. Interns provide crisis intervention services
on our 24-hour Response Line, which is housed inside the DC Superior Courthouse, and on Ride Alongs with the Metropolitan Police Department.

Interns provide emotional support, information about the justice system, referrals to social
service programs, access to immediate crisis shelter, and access to the Emergency Temporary
Protection Order (ETPO) process. Forty-hours of training is required. This position is a
volunteer, unpaid internship.

Responsibilities
● Complete 40 hours of Domestic Violence Core Competency Training in order to obtain
Advocate Privilege in the District of Columbia (provided by DC SAFE)
● Provide crisis intervention and safety planning for individuals seeking services
● Diligently maintain client records and SAFE databases
● Providing in-person crisis intervention services on at least two Ride Along with the
Metropolitan Police Department per month
● Complete internship research project in partnership with supervisor
● Present final research project in the last 2 weeks of internship
● Provide immediate tangible resources for crisis intervention and facilitating access to
Continuum Partners
● Guide clients through the civil and criminal justice process with the central concern
always being the client’s’ immediate safety and self-determination.
● Complete 2 internship reports and turn in reports to internship supervisor
● Assist with outreach events.
● Perform additional duties as needed and when so directed
● Serves as an effective ambassador, builds connections, and maintains relationships with
outside constituents.
● Creating an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture

Site Specific Responsibilities:
Response Line
○ Closely follows protocol and procedures achieves thoroughness and accuracy
when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved.
○ Maintain detailed records regarding calls to assist smooth transitions of shifts and
further client follow up.
○ Dispatch and support On Call Supervisory Advocates and Ride-Along Advocate.
○ Administer after hours Emergency Financial Assistance.
○ Completing follow-up for clients who have visited the Domestic Violence Intake
Center.

DVIC (Intake Center)
○ 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);
○ Provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and emotional support for victims and
survivors in the Domestic Violence Intake Center

Ride Alongs
○ Providing in-person crisis intervention services; safety plans, advocacy plans and
confidentiality relaying that information
○ Serves as an effective ambassador, builds connections, and maintains
relationships with outside constituents.

What you will gain
● 40 hour advocate training
● Developed research project
● Direct service experience
● Networking opportunities with DC SAFE’s partner agencies
● Case management skills

Qualifications
● 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.
● Ability to complete required research project and 2 internship reports
● Fluency in Spanish or Amharic is a plus.
● Internship hours: Flexible based on availability. Some work during the week, however,
evening and/or weekend shifts are required for this position.
● Dedication and attention to detail are extremely important.

How to Apply
Please send a resume and cover letter in one combined PDF document to oblythe@dcsafe.org
Include “Crisis Response Internship Application” in the subject line of your email, and specify
your time availability and if you are completing your masters or bachelors in the cover letter.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until otherwise noted.