Undergraduate advocacy internships have been filled through Fall 2018 - now accepting applications for Spring 2019.
In our partnership with the local universities in Northwest Arkansas, we are pleased to offer undergraduate-level internships to students from a variety of majors (previous interns have studied public health, psychology, social work, sociology, criminal justice, nursing, biochemistry, etc.). These internships primarily revolve around shadowing our advocate staff – when they meet with their clients on-site, when they conduct forensic exams alongside our sexual assault nurse examiners, when they support survivors during meetings with law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys – wherever they’re needed. Interns are also assigned to a primary outreach project (to learn more, explore the programs listed under “What We Do”), though they may assist with all of the projects. Other opportunities include general community outreach, public speaking and presentations, program and event planning, social media campaigns, creating educational materials, staffing event booths, research and training development, crisis intervention, and SANE exam experience. All undergraduate interns are asked to take a minimum of three crisis hotline shifts per month (including one weekend evening shift), and up to no more than an average of once per week. Due to the nature of our work, interns may experience vicarious trauma - if ever triggered or needing to debrief, we have onsite counselors available (non-mandatory) in addition to the support of the Center's supervisor team.
Internships are available in the fall (August-December), spring (January-May), and summer (May-August) – interns must agree to complete the entire semester with us (a week off for fall/spring break or a summer vacation is acceptable). Interns are required to attend our quarterly Volunteer Training, complete the online ACASA modules and mandated reporter certifications, consent to a background check, and sign various paperwork with the Center in order to work with our clients. Developing an individualized work plan and turning in weekly timesheets are also a requirement. Since we are a non-profit, all internships are unpaid.
If you are not ready to commit to an internship with the Center, but are still interested in getting involved, please consider volunteering – we only ask our hotline volunteers to donate as little as one shift per month, and that they volunteer with us for at least four months after training. This is another way to support survivors of sexual assault in our community, as well as a way to become better skilled in crisis intervention.
For more information about either program, please contact our Victim Services Coordinator at Karen@nwasexualassault.org. You can also view our checklist below, which summarizes the application and qualification process to become a Center Intern.
If you are ready to apply, all you need to do is complete the form below: