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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

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.

How to become an intern

If you or someone you know is interested in an internship at JDI, check out the opportunities.

Introducing the Summer 2014 Interns

We had seven interns at JDI this summer that made tremendous contributions.  We asked them to tell us a bit about themselves. 

Erin Boss is a rising junior at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a major in Women’s Studies. A young radical and feminist, she spends her time on campus as part of the 24/7 student-run listening hotline and as an organizer with the Feminist Alliance. She works as an intern in Vassar’s Women’s Center where she helps plan and host campus dialogues, socials, and lectures. At Jane Doe, Erin had the pleasure of working on the #IWantAWorld campaign, a social media effort to end violence in LGBQ/T communities. She also interned at Rosie’s Place, a center for poor and homeless women in the South End. Erin is dedicated to activism that ends gender-based violence and also dismantles systems of racism, transphobia and transmisogyny, homophobia, colonialism, ableism, and all oppressions. This was her first summer away from her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Pauravi Chhaya is a rising senior at Clark University, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is actively involved in several on-campus organizations including two youth empowerment groups titled Youth Outreach Worcester and All Kinds of Girls (AKOG). During her time with AKOG she has held an executive position for two years, collaborated with several other board members to organize weekly activities, and co-organized AKOG’s first ever conference. Aside from participating in these groups, Pauravi volunteers for the Clark Anti-Violence Education program, was a two-time Peer Adviser for the Week One orientation program, and hosted the International Gala program in 2013. With her first summer away from her home state of Connecticut, she managed the Meet Our Members Monday project for JDI’s social media accounts and worked to promote the #IWantAWorld campaign. She is very much looking forward to bringing the campaign to Clark University and continuing to raise awareness on the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. In the coming years, she hopes to obtain a master’s degree in Public Administration and continue working with violence prevention organizations.

Lauren Hayes is a senior at Framingham State University, where she is studying Sociology with a concentration in Human Services and a minor in Psychology. During her junior year, Lauren worked on a year-long research project on domestic violence victimization, where she and her group were able to find patterns in predicting a woman’s risk for being a victim of domestic violence. At Jane Doe, Lauren continued her passion for research by working on a Homicide Study, which looked at domestic violence related homicides from 2003-2012. 

Matt Leibowitz is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where he majored in Religious Studies and Psychology. As a member of a fraternity at Wesleyan, he engaged fraternities around issues of consent and healthy relationships. At Jane Doe Inc. he continued his work with the Greek community on campuses.  In the fall, he will be working for the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence as the Men’s Engagement Coordinator.

Larissa Pienkowski is a rising senior at Simmons College in Boston, MA, where she is majoring in Social Work with a minor in Sociology. During her junior year, she interned for The Network/La Red, a Boston-based social justice organization that aims to end partner abuse in LGBQ/T, poly, and SM communities. She currently works at Casa Myrna as a hotline advocate for SafeLink, the Massachusetts statewide 24/7 domestic violence hotline, and dedicates much of her free time to discussing the intersectionality of race, gender, class, and other identities. At Jane Doe, Larissa works on the domestic violence homicide study, which gathers data from domestic violence-related deaths in Massachusetts from 2003-2012, in the hopes of understanding trends and possible prevention strategies. This fall, Larissa is excited to continue interning at Jane Doe, while also learning more about domestic violence prevention on a macro level.

Haley Tillage is a rising senior at the University of Richmond, majoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Sociology. She is an active volunteer at Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter in Henrico, where she engages in both direct services and educational outreach. On campus, Haley is a member of WILL*(Women in Living and Learning), an organization that plans and host events centered around gender and diversity issues at Richmond. At Jane Doe, Haley worked with the Men’s Initiative on a project to engage Greek organizations around issues of sexual violence.

Faith Woodside graduated in 2012 from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana where she studied English Literature and creative writing. In her senior year Faith focused on women’s literature from post-colonial and marginalized populations. This research led her to the broad field of women’s health and anti-violence advocacy.  At Jane Doe, Faith works on the domestic violence homicide study, which gathers data from domestic violence related deaths in Massachusetts in the hope of better understanding how to prevent and end domestic abuse. In the fall Faith is excited to start a new position at Planned Parenthood. 


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