Internship Opportunities

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Safe Harbor Internship Opportunities

Safe Harbor is a resource center in Henrico County for those who are impacted by sexual violence, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Our mission is to provide the support that survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking need to overcome their crisis and transform their lives. Our interns play a significant role in helping us carry out that mission. We collaborate with our interns to develop an in-depth learning experience based on intern skills, strengths, interests, and career goals. Safe Harbor offers internship opportunities throughout the year, and positions are available on our Safe Houses teams, our Counseling & Advocacy team, and Education & Outreach team. The number of interns we accept varies by semester based on our needs and available office space.

 

COUNSELING AND ADVOCACY TEAM (CAT) INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

  • Undergraduate: Undergraduate interns assist CAT with day-to-day administrative tasks, with opportunities for some direct service work. Responsibilities include conducting phone screenings with potential counseling clients, court advocacy, providing on-call coverage for shelter and RHART (Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team), participating in weekly individual and group supervision, and assisting staff with various projects. Must be available to assist with evening, overnight, and weekend on-call coverage.
  • Graduate: Graduate level counseling or social work interns carry a caseload of at least 6 individual counseling clients (adults and children) and co-facilitate support groups at our office and/or out in the community. These interns also assist with conducting phone screenings with potential counseling clients, providing on-call coverage for shelter and RHART (Regional Hospital Accompaniment Response Team), participating in weekly individual and group supervision, and assisting staff with various projects. Must be available to assist with evening, overnight, and weekend on-call coverage.

Internship Eligibility:

  • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a Human Services related field (i.e. Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Social Sciences, etc.).
  • CAT interns must have availability during standard business hours (9:00AM-5:00PM) and must be available to work on Wednesdays (team and staff meeting day). Availability for evening/overnight/weekend on-call coverage is also required.
  • Safe Harbor’s 30-hour volunteer training must be completed before beginning any direct service.
  • Must be willing to complete a background check.
  • Undergraduate interns must commit to at least one semester; graduate interns must commit to at least two consecutive semesters.

Application Timelines:

  • Summer internship applications are due March 1st
  • Fall internship applications are due April 1st
  • Spring internship applications are due October 1st

    Click Here For The Safe Harbor Internship Application

     

    COMMUNITY OUTREACH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

    Undergraduate and graduate interns assist with day-to-day administrative tasks, special projects relating to community outreach efforts and volunteer support, and may represent Safe Harbor at community events. Responsibilities include working with Education & Outreach Manager on updating outreach and volunteer materials, assisting with outreach efforts in the community, developing educational programming for the community, analyzing survey data collected, coordinating third-part events as well as other development projects, and other duties as assigned. Some public speaking and presentation opportunities may be available. Projects will vary with experience, educational background, and individual interests.

    Internship Eligibility:

    • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a Human Services related field (i.e. Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Social Sciences).
    • Interns must have some availability during standard business hours (9am-5pm). Some evening and weekend hours can be accommodated as well.
    • Safe Harbor’s 30-hour volunteer training must be completed before beginning any direct service.
    • Must be willing to complete a background check.
    • All interns must commit to at least one semester.

    Application Timelines:

    • Summer internship applications are due April 1st
    • Fall internship applications are due August 1st
    • Spring internship applications are due December 1st

      Click Here For The Safe Harbor Internship Application

       

      SAFE HOUSES INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

      Human Trafficking Shelter Internship

      Undergraduate and graduate interns work in a residential setting to assist with day-to-day administrative tasks, client services, and special projects. Client services responsibilities include providing emotional support and crisis intervention and assisting with case management and group work. Special projects responsibilities could include developing and updating forms and protocols, researching community resources, developing presentation materials, and other duties as assigned. Some public speaking and presentation opportunities may be available. Projects will vary with experience, educational background, and individual interests. Interns will be supervised by the Program Manager and will work closely with the house team.

      Domestic Violence Shelter Internship

      Undergraduate interns assist with day to day administrative duties, handle calls from the crisis hotline, case management and shelter maintenance. Responsibilities also include covering shelter on call shifts and performing shelter intakes as needed. Interns are expected to assist with special projects lead by the Program Manager. Interns must be available to cover weekend on-call shifts.

      Internship Eligibility:

      • Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in a Human Services related field (i.e. Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Social Sciences).
      • Interns must have some availability during standard business hours (9am-5pm). Some evening and weekend on-call shifts may be required as well.
      • Safe Harbor’s 30-hour volunteer training must be completed before beginning any direct service.
      • Must be willing to complete a background check.
      • All interns must commit to at least two semesters.

      Application Timelines:

      • Summer internship applications are due April 1st
      • Fall internship applications are due August 1st
      • Spring internship applications are due December 1st

        Click Here For The Safe Harbor Internship Application