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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 current interns!


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"We need to wake people up to the attitudes and actions that continue to keep victims at risk and our cities, towns and cultural communities unsafe." ~ Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MAPS - Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Internship Opportunities

JDI offers internships year-round for both graduate and undergraduate students. 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, policy work, membership activities, educational events, fund raising events, media and public relations, 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.

Public Relations and Development Intern
Education Intern
Men's Initiative Project Intern
Policy and Systems Advocacy Intern



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 needs 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. If JDI can’t meet your needs, we can refer you to a local program. For example, if you need clinical hours in direct service with survivors, you would be better off seeking an internship at a local rape crisis center or domestic violence program since JDI does not provide direct services.

STEP 4. 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 5. 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 start the process for a spring semester internship during the fall.

Public Relations and Development Intern

Responsibilities: This internship will involve working with the Communications Director on various media and public relations projects such as:

• Awareness Initiatives – Identify news outlets, drafting releases, pitch stories, set up talk show gigs, distribute public service announcements, and assist with materials development.
• Communications – Write material and articles for Jane Doe’s web-site, prepare information kits and staff information tables.
• On-going press work – Update media database, track news coverage.
• Development – Manage Cell Phone Drive, acknowledge gifts.

Requirements: Upper undergraduate or graduate student. Ability to travel to our office in Downtown Boston. Working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and Dreamweaver or other web design software would be helpful. Ability to work independently. Ten hours per week for three-month minimum. Sense of humor optional but definitely helpful. Continuous posting.

Education Intern

Responsibilities: To support the coordination of the Jane Doe Inc. Training Institute. Training topics range from legal, health, economic, cultural diversity, educational events and publications. Support the Education Manager and Special Projects Coordinator. Tasks may include:

• Organization of materials and handouts
• Assistance with training site logistics and coordination
• Conduct resources/information research for workshop topics
• When possible, assistance with registration at events.
• Assistance with research on a variety of topics as necessary
• Additional support as needed

Requirements: Ability to travel to our office in Downtown Boston. Working knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel and Access would be helpful. Upper undergraduate or graduate student. Ability to work independently. Minimum ten hours per week for three-month minimum. Sense of humor optional but definitely helpful.

Men's Initiative Project Intern

Men’s Statewide Initiative Project based in Boston seeks smart, dedicated and energetic interns to help launch exciting educational and organizing campaign.

The Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe Inc. (MIJDI) is a network of men and boys throughout Massachusetts working to focus public attention on men’s role in preventing sexual assault and domestic violence. MIJDI fosters collaboration among men's outreach projects throughout Massachusetts, organizing support from men in their communities for Jane Doe Inc. and its member organizations. Currently staffed by one part-time employee, MIJDI has organized statewide trainings on how to educate and mobilize boys and men around these issues; developed a user-friendly website; served as a resource for local organizations; presented at numerous public events; and created a library of outreach campaign materials.

For the next two years, the Men’s Initiative for Jane Doe Inc. will embark on a community outreach and awareness campaign that furthers the mission of the Men’s Initiative to: 1) promote and support the role of men and boys in ending abuse; 2) reinforce messages of non-violence; 3) build partnerships between male allies with sexual assault and domestic violence organizations.

Interns will be involved in all aspects of the campaign - communications, fundraising, and field operations - and will work closely with the Project Coordinator, Development and Public Relations staff, and activists throughout Massachusetts. Interns will assist with creative development of collateral materials; recruiting volunteers; arranging for regional meetings; researching other campaigns; developing an Organizer’s Tool Kit; writing materials for multi-media campaign; assisting with maintenance of website; distribute materials; planning campaign events.

Policy and Systems Advocacy Intern

Responsibilities: This internship will involve working with the Director of Policy and Systems Advocacy on various events, research analysis and intergovernmental collaborations.

• Research- Legislative, policy, legal and issues analysis conducted on project-to-project basis.
• Writing – Drafting legislative and budget advocacy material: action alerts, flyers and sample lobbying materials.
• Communications- Attend various working groups and intergovernmental collaborations and documenting meeting minutes.

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