Crisis Shelter Internship Program

SAFE Space Crisis Shelter Intern

Location: Undisclosed Location in SE Washington, D.C.

Reports to: SAFE Space Shelter Director

General Position Description:

Crisis Shelter Interns will have the opportunity to work directly with survivors of domestic violence and their families whom are living in short-term crisis shelter. SAFE Space Shelter is a short-term voluntary services shelter.

Job Duties:

Coordinate and conduct shelter intakes.

Greet new residents arriving at the shelter.

Communicate with appropriate staff regarding needed repairs reported by the resident, concerns regarding a resident, or security issues.

Provide advocacy services to clients in shelter as needed (may have a small case load of shelter clients depending on intern’s skill level).

Conduct and organize research about resources in the DC area.

Maintain records of interactions with clients.

Administrative tasks as needed.

Develop and organize a self-care activity for SAFE shelter (could be a one time event or an on-going event) based on the intern’s interests/skills and the needs/interests of the shelter clients.


Excellent interpersonal and relationship skills.

Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as work in a team setting.

A good sense of humor.

Reliability and honesty.


Commitment to SAFE’s mission.

Excellent assessment skills.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Willingness to work non-traditional work hours.

Able to use Microsoft platforms and google drive.

Comfortable working with diverse populations.

Experience working with or volunteering with domestic violence or sexual assault victims or in homeless services.

Time Commitment:

Flexible schedule based on availability – generally Monday – Friday (evening hours between 2pm-8pm), weekends.

Must complete SAFE’s 40 hour domestic violence training and be able to commit to 25 hours per week. Will also be provided with training and shadowing in shelter before starting.

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.