• 07-Aug-2019 to Until Filled (EST)
  • Volunteers and Interns
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Unpaid Internship
  • Unpaid Internship

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. Each semester RAINN has openings for interns at their Washington, DC office. College students and recent grads with a commitment to ending sexual violence and helping victims of sexual assault are encouraged to apply.

In 2007, RAINN expanded its hotline services with the National Sexual Assault OnlineHotline, the nation's first secure web-based hotline that provides live and completely confidential help to victims through an interface as intuitive as instant messaging.


  • Be on time for shifts scheduled using the online hotline website
  • Complete 40 hours of crisis intervention training
  • Follow computer safety best practices learned in the online training
  • Remain supportive and engaged with visitors
  • Provide accurate support using crisis intervention best practices
  • Work on research and administrative tasks relative to the online hotline


  • Applicable Majors: Counseling, Social Work, Women and Gender Studies, Mental Health, Public Heath, Psychology, Sociology, etc.
  • Able to work some nights and/or weekends from home
  • Exceptional communication skills both verbal & written
  • Computer proficiency including instant messaging is a must


  • Develop and enhance crisis intervention skill set
  • Learn best practices in the new field of online advocacy and intervention services
  • Provide a safe and secure place for victims of sexual assault and abuse
  • Flexible hours

Potential interns must submit the following:

  1. A cover letter
    1. Please indicate whether you are applying for a full or part-time position
    2. Please indicate the dates you are interested in interning
  2. A current resume
  3. Three professional references
  4. A writing sample (1-3 pages)

*If your application is accepted, this internship requires a criminal background check (done through RAINN at no cost to you, completed after your application is approved).

Preference may be given to applicants who are able to intern for both fall and spring semesters.

Internship applications and questions should be submitted to:

Deadlines for spring, summer, and fall internships are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Full-time: 25 hrs/week Part-time: 15 hrs/week

When you work for RAINN, you're joining a team of experts and professionals who stand up for survivors of sexual violence every day.  Your job is important--and so are you.  RAINN will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.  RAINN is committed to maximizing the diversity of its organization and depends on a diverse staff to carry out its mission, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

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