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Advocacy Internships

We are now accepting applications for Spring 2022.



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.). We are, also, able to offer internships to MSW (Master Social Work) students. 

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 interns are asked to take a minimum of two 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 summer vacation is acceptable). Interns are required to attend our quarterly Volunteer Training (held on a weekend), 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 Client Services Director at 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:

First Name
Middle Initial/Name
Last Name
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Postal Code
What year student will you be during your internship semester? Base this on accrued hours/semester you'll be graduating.
Which university are you currently affiliated with?
First Name
Last Name
Which of our outreach programs are you the most interested in working with?
Interns are expected to work with the Center for the entirety of the academic semester they apply for, and are required to attend the Center’s quarterly Volunteer Orientation, which is typically held from 9 am to 3 pm on both a Saturday and Sunday. Can you commit to these requirements?
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I do hereby authorize the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center to verify any representations made by me, whether oral or written, concerning my application for the position of intern. I understand that the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center may contact individuals or organizations other than those I have provided as references or other information, which it feels may be pertinent to my application for this position. I also authorize the Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center to run a criminal background check on me.


  • Individual Counseling Sessions Provided:


  • Forensic Rape Kit Exams Completed:


  • Hotline Calls Answered:


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