Position Description

The Safe Sisters Circle is currently seeking survivor centered and culturally competent applicants for a non-legal survivor advocate internship opening with our organization. The Survivor Advocate Intern will support the work of The Safe Sisters Circle’s mission of providing culturally specific, holistic, trauma informed services on behalf of survivors. We are looking for a highly motivated, passionate and thoughtful individual who is committed to the work of advancing the legal interests of Black women survivors of intimate partner abuse. This internship will be a primarily virtual position, but applicants should be for occasional in-person events and outreach efforts in the District of Columbia.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • This position reports to the Director of Legal Services of The Safe Sisters Circle;
  • Conducts client intake interviews and performs client assessments;
  • Keeps accurate records as necessary for case management and statistical documentation;
  • Maintains client files and assists with general case and document management services;
  • Provides administrative support to legal team;
  • Assists with case related investigations;
  • Coordinates advocacy needs, information, and referrals to holisitic services for survivors;
  • Assists clients with safety planning and crisis intervention;
  • Participates in the organization’s community outreach efforts in Washington, DC’s Wards 7 and 8;
  • Participates in the organization’s educational resource development; and
  • Other tasks as may be assigned.


  • We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:
  •  Demonstrated commitment to women’s issues, gender-based violence, and/or intimate
    partner abuse;
  • Survivor-centered focus, with an interest in issues impacting Black women survivors;
  • Ability to interact sensitively with traumatized populations and to handle crisis appropriately;
  • Trauma informed and culturally competent advocacy skills;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving approach to concerns and challenges;
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills with a keen eye to details;
  • Proficiency in data collection and reporting;
  • Strong time management and organizational skills;
  • Ability to take direction and accept constructive feedback;
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in team environment; and
  • Commitment to the mission, vision and values of the organization.

Education & Experience

Enrollment in an accredited college or university or recent graduate. Open to undergraduate and graduate level students, with preferred studies in pre-law; social work; psychology; criminal justice; or closely related field of study. However, internship is open to any student regardless of major/field of study with relevant experience or specific training in trauma, intimate partner violence, and/or sexual assault.

How To Apply

Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, your relevant experience, and your requested length of internship; transcript; and your resume to Ashlee Rossler, Survivor Advocate of The Safe Sisters Circle at

A letter of reference optional but encouraged. Diverse applicants encouraged to apply.
Interns are requested to commit to at least a six-month internship and a minimum of 10 hours a week. Internships are unpaid; however, The Safe Sisters Circle may be able to assist you in obtaining academic credit if provided with the required documents. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.