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JDI's Internship Program

Creates Opportunities, Fosters Activism

Each semester JDI is fortunate to have tremendous interns from colleges and graduate schools at the Coalition.  These interns contribute so much on a range of projects, research and activities.  Our goal is for each to leave with increased skills and experience and a deeper understanding of and commitment to the social justice issues at the core of our work.

Read about our spring 2016 interns!

 

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Who We Are

"From its unique vantage point as the statewide coalition, JDI helps us all connect the dots between policy, practice and services and strengthens our work in the communities we serve." ~ Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts

Internship Opportunities

JDI's commitment to social change work includes developing future leaders of our movement.  Our exciting, hands-on and challenging internships offer opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and others looking for work experience to learn more about the issues and develop skills as organizers and advocates.  

Interns generally make commitments of at least ten hours per week (during regular business hours) for at least three months.  Interns are supervised by a JDI staff member who is responsible for helping you accomplish your educational goals through participation in one of our projects or initiatives. Your internship might include any or a combination of activities such as research, project management, membership activities, educational and fund raising events, writing, or prevention work. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student you may be eligible for an internship that provides academic credit in exchange for your time working on a JDI project.

Check out our current internship opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a downloadable PDF of our Internship Descriptions. 

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2016. 

The following internships are available for Spring 2017:

Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign Intern
Public Relations and Development Intern

 

The following internships are NOT available for Spring 2017:
Policy and Systems Advocacy Intern


IMPORTANT NOTE:   JDI does not provide direct services.  If you are looking for an internship for direct service experience or need clinical hours working with survivors, we cannot accommodate you.  We suggest you contact a local rape crisis center or domestic violence program or other direct service organization. To locate programs in your area, use our Search Programs Directory.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Ten hours per week for a 3-month or semester long commitment.
  • Age 18 years or older.
  • Good written, communication and relationship skills.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism in various settings.
  • Ability to travel to our office in downtown Boston.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Sense of humor optional but definitely helpful!
  • See additional requirements for specific internship positions.

HOW TO APPLY

If you are interested in an internship at JDI, follow these steps.

STEP 1. Check out our current listings for internships. If you don’t see something that fits your interests or needs, but still think that JDI would be a good intern placement for you, feel free to contact us. We may be able to develop an internship that is closer to your interests while helping JDI meet our goals.

STEP 2. If you are getting school/course credit for an internship, find out the internship requirements at your educational institution. Every college and university is different in terms of academic credit, length of internship, number of hours, and requirements on how you spend your time. This will help us develop an internship that meets your needs.  It's not required that you are getting course credit to do an internship at JDI.

STEP 3. To apply for an internship, review the opportunities listed below, send an email with cover note, resume, and writing sample.  JDI will screen your application, set up an interview, and determine if it’s a good fit.

STEP 4. Once you’ve negotiated a placement with JDI, you’ll probably need approval from your college or university. Be sure to provide JDI with any required paperwork.  Agree on a start date and schedule.

If you would like to explore an internship at JDI, it’s a good idea to start the process well in advance. For a fall semester internship, we suggest starting the process during the spring and for a spring semester internship start during the fall.


Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD) Campaign Intern

The Massachusetts White Ribbon Day Campaign engages boys and men to be part of the solution in ending violence against women and all gender-based violence. This year-round campaign works to promote positive masculinities that reimagine manhood as based in values of non-violence, respect and equity. The campaign culminates in an annual signature event on the first Thursday of March. MA WRD Campaign Interns work with the MA WRD Campaign Coordinator and Director of Communications and Development. They are involved in all aspects of the work - communications, fundraising, and field operations. Interns assist with creative development of collateral materials, engaging WRD ambassadors and affiliates, assisting with maintenance of the website, distributing materials, and planning campaign events. 

Additional requirements:  Familiarity with HTML helpful.


Policy and Systems Advocacy Intern

The Policy and Systems Advocacy intern works with JDI’s Policy Director to help advance JDI’s agenda for systems and policy reform. In the Spring, the intern assists with logistics and planning of JDI’s Legislative Advocacy Day, which brings together over 100 advocates and survivors to bring their message to the Legislature at the MA State House. Policy and Systems Advocacy interns research and analyze legislative, policy, and legal issues, draft and design legislative and budget advocacy material such as action alerts, flyers, and sample lobbying material, and attend various working groups and interagency collaboration meetings. 

Additional requirements:  Basic understanding of laws, policy development, and systemic issues.


Public Relations and Development Intern

Public Relations and Development interns work with the Director of Communications and Development on an array of media and public relations projects. They identify news outlets, staff information tables, maintain media databases, track ongoing news coverage, draft releases, pitch stories, distribute public service announcements, and assist with materials development. Social media savviness and creativity is key as this intern plays a large part in drafting and designing material and articles for the JDI website, Twitter, and Facebook. These interns also assist in JDI’s ongoing Domestic Violence Homicide project, which identifies DV homicides in Massachusetts through a combination of media reports, alerts from JDI members, and notification by the District Attorneys’ offices.

Additional requirements:  Familiarity with website content management and social media helpful.


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