Position Description

The Safe Sisters Circle is currently seeking survivor centered and culturally competent applicants for a Policy Externship (unpaid) opening with our organization. The Policy Extern will assist The Safe Sisters Circle’s Executive Director in developing the organization’s mission-focused policy platform and will play a key role in promoting the policy platform to the public. We are looking for a highly motivated, passionate and thoughtful individual who is committed to the work of advancing the interests of Black women survivors of intimate partner abuse.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • This position reports to the Executive Director of The Safe Sisters Circle and assists in the development and visioning of the organization’s survivor-centered public policy platform;
  • Attending domestic violence policy coalition meetings and public hearings on behalf of The Safe Sisters Circle;
  • Researching current and pending public policies and keeping abreast of news that impacts on the interests of survivors of intimate partner abuse;
  • Conducting listening sessions in the Washington, DC communities of wards 7 and 8;
  • Drafting survivor-centered public policy and providing oral and written testimony with a focus on amplifying the voice of Black women survivors, increasing access to justice, improving legal remedies and enhancing life-sustaining resources and services for Black women survivors;
  • Assisting survivors who want to tell their story with the development of their written and oral testimony;
  • Drafting blog posts and assisting with website and social media campaigns on public policy matters impacting survivors;
  • Creating public policy tool kits; and
  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Executive Director


We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to women’s issues, gender-based violence, and intimate partner abuse;
  • Enrollment in a Women’s and Gender Studies, Public Policy, Law or other relevant fields of study at the level of college senior or graduate school;
  • Survivor-centered focus, with an interest in issues impacting Black women survivors;
  • A deep understanding of issues impacting survivors;
  • Strong oral and written advocacy skills;
  • Excellent research skills;
  • Excellent writing skills with an ability to communicate well with different audiences, including legislators, the public and survivors;
  • Demonstrated experience with social media advocacy a plus; and
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in a team setting.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter (including a clear statement of why you are interested in this position) and writing sample to Alana Brown, Executive Director of The Safe Sisters Circle at info@safesisterscircle.org. Diverse applicants encouraged to apply.