Career Opportunities

DC Rape Crisis Center Internship & Fellowship Program

The DCRCC Internship and Fellowship Program is a leadership development program focused on cultivating future leaders to power a culture of consent.  Based primarily out of Light House Headquarters Office, although some positions have been approved to work remotely, the internship and fellowship program is integrated into all of our departments to offer interns and fellows access to a variety of opportunities.

The Intern and Fellow Program is a strong leadership development program providing young professionals with training and on-the-ground practical experiences in building a culture of consent. After participating in an intensive 50 hour training and orientation process, interns and fellows engage in meaningful projects, continuing education and professional development activities.  DCRCC has supported interns and fellows since its inception in 1972, many of whom have gone on to fill important roles in the public service sector.

What support can I expect from DCRCC as an intern or fellow?

DCRCC will:

  • Provide a 50 hour training to orient, equip and prepare you for partnership with DCRCC
  • Work with you to create a personal work plan to guide our collaboration together during your time of service as an intern or fellow
  • Support your experience through weekly supervision
  • Create spaces for you to get to know other interns,  fellows and volunteers participating in DCRCC programs
  • Invite and involve you in volunteer socials and events
  • Provide supplemental opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding about sexual violence (webinars, trainings, video screenings, and discussions)

Current Fellowships:

Development Fellow (open)

The Development Fellow will provide grants support through writing, editing and research, donation and data entry management. They will also manage the United Way ‘Do More 24’ campaign, conduct research on individual, corporate and foundation prospects, and provide general development support and assistance with general fundraising requests. This fellow will work closely with the Director of External Affairs and will do the majority of their work remotely.

Training & Technical Assistance Fellow (open)

The Training & Technical Assistance Fellow will compile information and research for use in Training & Technical Assistance tools and training, assist in the organization and maintenance of T & TA tools, materials and resources and provide support to Community Education Interns in responding to school requests and facilitating “It’s My Body: Good Touch/Bad Touch” and “Multi-session” presentations. This fellow will also assist in compiling data and creating reports and program evaluation, creating, translating and updating online resources. This fellow works closely with the Director of Training and Technical Assistance and is expected to work within our offices at The Lighthouse Center for Healing or in the community facilitating presentations. Ability to travel within the city is required.

Current Internships:

Communications & Email Marketing Intern (open)

The Communications & Email Marketing Interns will assist in the development of engaging and effective email marketing strategies and ensure email messaging is 100% accessible to everyone on both web and mobile. They will also manage the schedule of deployment to optimize user response and actively manage email lists, and generate, analyze, and interpret data for email campaigns. This intern works closely with our Director of External Affairs for strategic campaigns and will assist in implementing structures, process, and guidance for DCRCC departmental units; utilize development and communications software including Salesforce and HubspotCRM. This intern will do the majority of their work remotely.

Community Education Intern (open)                   

The Community Education Intern’s primary responsibilities will be responding to school requests and facilitating “It’s My Body: Good Touch/Bad Touch” and “Multi-session” presentations. The Community Education Intern may also assist in compiling information and research for use in Training & Technical Assistance tools.  They may also assist in the organization and maintenance of T & TA tools, materials and resources. This intern works closely with the Director of Training and Technical Assistance and Training & Technical Assistance Fellow and is expected to work within our offices at The Lighthouse Center for Healing or in the community facilitating presentations. Ability to travel within the city is required.

Administrative Research Intern (open)

The Administrative and Research Intern will assist with volunteer management, maintain stakeholder databases, and respond to engagement inquires through multiple communications platforms email, phone, and in-person. This intern will also research best practices in volunteer management and strategic partnerships to improve community involvement, organize and compile data on volunteer involvement and accountability, and compile program evaluation data and create reports. This intern will work closely with the Director of Civic Engagement and will be expected to work both in the offices at the Lighthouse Center for Healing and remotely.

Interested in joining our team as an Intern or Fellow?

Please submit your resume & cover letter to


Public Policy Intern

As the oldest rape crisis center in the country, and the only State Sexual Assault Coalition in the District of Columbia serving the needs of sexual assault survivors, the DC Rape Crisis Center is looking to expand its public policy presence.  To this end, DCRCC is seeking an energetic, independent Public Policy Intern.  Under the supervision of the Director of Advocacy, the Public Policy Intern will be actively involved in public policy initiatives, advocacy,  and communications of the organization.


The Public Policy Intern will assist the Director of Advocacy with all aspects of public policy, advocacy, and communication initiatives including but not limited to the following:

  • Assisting in shaping DCRCC’s public policy agenda.
  • Monitoring and analyzing legislation introduced in DC City Council and on Capitol Hill
  • Meeting with DC Council Members and their staff, city agency administrators, Metropolitan Police Department, partner organizations, and community-based provider organizations.
  • Drafting testimony, fact sheets, letters, policy briefs, articles, policy analyses, research summaries, data synthesis and reports, press releases, and more.
  • Representing DCRCC at various coalition meetings.
  • Strategizing and producing content for DCRCC social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Coordinating advocacy efforts with other community-based organizations.
  • Developing new monthly policy/advocacy newsletter for DCRCC.
  • Drafting advocacy and information alerts to network.
  • Updating public policy content on DCRCC’s website.
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • Engagement in a Master’s Level of study preferred (MPP, MSW, etc.) But all others will be considered as well
  • Knowledge of and interest in women’s issues.
  • Strong organizational, communication and research skills required.
  • Willingness and ability to work autonomously, with direction and support.
  • Willingness and ability to work mobile
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience with DC Council or policy advocacy at the municipal level a plus.
  • Experience with Social Media a strong plus
  • Ideally, candidates should be available for at least 10-15 hours per week, through December 31, 2014  with a possibility of staying on longer.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Indira Henard, Director of Advocacy at


Lead Advocate 

The Lead Advocate is responsible for providing administrative and event management support to the Office of Civic Engagement. Principle duties will include assistance in implementing and maintaining an exemplary volunteer program to provide a supplementary workforce through the use of corporate, religious, academic, community and individual volunteers. The Lead Advocate will help to significantly scale up volunteer leverage enabling DCRCC to fulfill its mission by becoming a model volunteer program and DCRCC a volunteer experience of choice. This position’s success should ultimately result in volunteers with a deeper engagement and commitment to DCRCC and the mission of eradicating rape and powering a culture of consent.

Lead Advocate Duties and Responsibilities

  • Promoting volunteering (internally and externally) through recruitment and publicity strategies and campaigns.
  • Assist in recruiting volunteers and ensuring they are appropriately matched and trained for DCRCC pathways of service.
  • Assist in the management and coordination of appropriate and meaningful volunteer experiences within DCRCC and at off-site events.
  • Develop a volunteer recognition program, to thank/publicly acknowledge key individuals and organizations.
  • Plan volunteer recognition events and activities following set schedule and within budget
  • Celebrating volunteering by nominating volunteers for awards and organizing celebration events.
  • Offering advice and information to volunteers and external organizations through face-to-face, telephone and email contact.
  • Updating and writing volunteer guides and tools and reference materials.
  • Organizing and staffing profile-raising events to attract new volunteers.
  • Attending committees and meetings.
  • Create various communications and publications
  • Facilitate distribution of information relevant to volunteers
  • Author written communications such as letters, Museum practices, instructions, or other
  • Working with small businesses, agencies and companies across different sectors in order to establish good working relationships to strengthen strategic partnerships
  • Maintaining databases and undertaking any other administrative duties.


Lead Advocate Behavioral Expectations

  • Customer Service – demonstrate the ability to respond with a high degree of urgency to the needs & requests of others, internally and externally.
  • Understand the impact of their work on others.
  • Maintain constructive relationships and demonstrate respect for everyone contacted.
  • Deal constructively with conflict; resolving conflicts directly and actively promoting and gaining cooperation from others.
  • Accurately provide and receive information in oral and written communications. Consistently provide ideas, opinions, or information in an articulate, professional way. Actively listen to others and demonstrate understanding of other points of view.
  • Willingness and ability to adjust to changing conditions or priorities.
  • Take the initiative to identify and act on problems and lead by example. Consistently make decisions that resolve problems.

Lead Advocate Qualifications          

  • Bachelor’s degree in social service-related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • The ability to communicate with, supervise and empower volunteers to be effective in their roles—experience with volunteers preferred
  • The ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities
  • Knowledge of dynamics of sexual violence
  • Volunteer Management or appropriate related experience
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and strategic thinking.
  • Highly organized.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to present effective and compelling messages to individuals, groups and the public.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to work with a diverse variety of individuals.
  • Experience with Windows-based donor / volunteer software.
  • Intermediate to Advanced Microsoft Office Suite computer skills.

Interested in Applying?                    

Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover Letter and two writing samples to the Tina Ureña, Director of Civic Engagement at

The DC Rape Crisis Center is no longer accepting applications for fall internship opportunities. If you are interested in internship opportunities for spring 2015 please email résumé and cover letter to  Indira Henard, MA


The DC Rape Crisis Center actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.