Crisis Shelter Internship Program

Job Description
Crisis Shelter Interns work alongside Shelter Advocates to assist survivors of domestic violence.
Interns primarily assist SAFE clients by:
● Ensure that the SAFE shelter is running smoothly: safety check, collaboration with
support staff , facilitate building maintenance.
● Assist the organization in implementation of systems advocacy plans, projects, programs,
and policies and procedures.

The primary objective of a Crisis Shelter 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 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
● 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:
Shelter
○ Closely follows protocol and procedures achieves thoroughness and accuracy
when accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved. Diligently
maintain client records and SAFE databases.
○ Ensure that the SAFE shelter is running smoothly: safety check, collaboration
with support staff , facilitate building maintenance.
○ Provide information, referrals, letters of recommendation and broad-based
advocacy for victims to increase their access to social service programs.
○ Assist with coordination and facilitation of client intakes and exits as well as
quality client interaction.
○ Implement and enforce shelter rules.

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 internship reports
● Fluency in Spanish or Amharic is a plus.
● Internship hours: Flexible based on availability; Monday – Friday (evening hours between 2pm-7pm)
● 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 Shelter 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.