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Internships and Volunteer Opportunities


Thank you so much for your continued support of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence; at this time we are currently seeking interns in the areas listed below. All internships are unpaid with course credit available. Approximate # of Hours/Week: 15-37.5

(If you are looking for volunteer opportunities or internships working directly with victims of domestic violence, please contact our member agencies listed on our website.)

For consideration, please fill out the form below or submit your resume/cover letter - along with the position you are applying for in the subject line - to Cristina Williams at

The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. We were formed in 1979 to support and assist the six domestic violence prevention agencies in Rhode Island. The organization also provides leadership to its six member agencies, strives to create justice for victims, and raises awareness on the issue of domestic violence in Rhode Island.


  • Fosters communication, resource sharing, networking and collaboration
  • Raises awareness, responds to community needs, and educates the public about domestic violence
  • Promotes community organizing around prevention of domestic violence
  • Advocates locally and nationally to impact social and systemic change on the issue of domestic violence
  • Partners with the survivors to strengthen the voices of abused women
  • Accesses resources to maximize community impact

Internship Opportunities:

Communications Intern

Communication interns will be responsible for writing press documents, updating websites and social media, as well as, supporting other communications needs for programs/initiatives. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and interns will be involved in helping to prepare for the 2013 campaign.Ideal candidates should have good writing, research and communication skills; be adept at social media; be proficient in Microsoft Office and have an interest in working for a non-profit organization.

Based on interest and need, interns are responsible for the following:

  • Communications - assist in the design of campaign collaterals; assist in writing a variety of communications; and research and contribute to communications strategies for DVAM, member agencies and other campaigns as needed
  • Media Relations - assist in planning media relations activities, writing releases, maintaining social media presence, updating media database, following up on press releases, and researching and distributing electronic press clips
  • Special Events - assist in the planning and supporting of various events, including the kick-off press conference for DVAM
  • Secondary Duties: Support of the Communications Team and participation in overall organizational efforts; general office support

Communications Interns will learn:

  • The Dynamics of Domestic Abuse
  • How to communicate responses to high-profile domestic violence cases
  • Various media relations and communications functions pertaining to domestic violence awareness

 Policy Intern

Interns with an interest in policy making will be involved with supporting this year's legislative campaign and other systems change work. The role includes hands-on work involving research on policy issues related to domestic violence to support legislative advocacy; conducting research on legal issues related to domestic violence (e.g., criminal law, housing law, constitutional law, etc.); writing policy memos; analyzing state domestic violence data; and organizing lobby days for supporters at the Statehouse.

Policy Interns will learn:

  • The Dynamics of Domestic Abuse
  • Legal/policy issues related to domestic violence and how to analyze data; legislative advocacy

Prevention & Education Intern
Interns with an interest in prevention work will participate in the CDC primary prevention initiative, DELTA FOCUS and Ten Men Project.  They will also assist in the planning of training events and awareness for prevention programs.

Prevention Interns will learn:

  • The Dynamics of Domestic Abuse
  • Strategies for Preventing Intimate Partner Violence
  • State's resources for violence prevention programming
  • How to conduct a needs assessment for program planning

SOAR Intern

SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships) is a task force of RICADV made up of survivors of domestic violence in RhodeSOAR's mission is to promote, advocate and work towards the elimination of domestic violence and to embody and give visibility to the voices of abused women.  The SOAR intern will support the SOAR coordinator on various initiatives and programs designed to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence.  Ideal candidates should be well organized, have strong communication and computer skills, and the ability to work well in a group environment.  This is an unpaid internship.  Course credit is available.

  • Main duties: Work on the Behind Closed Doors play scheduled for October 2013. Behind Closed Doors is an award-winning, original play written and performed by 15 survivors of domestic violence from SOAR. This performance is a true account of their experiences and seeks to dispel the stigmas of this often misunderstood abuse.
  • Secondary duties: Coordinating meetings and work on the SOAR website; general support of the SOAR Coordinator.

Volunteer Opportunties:
We are looking for volunteers that can assist us in the areas above as their time and our projects permit as well as with special events and phone calls. If you have a limited time available, please include hours available in your email along with the position or functions you would like to perform.

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