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Internship & Fellowship Program

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DC Rape Crisis Center Internship & Fellowship Program

The DCRCC Internship and Fellowship Program is a leadership development program focused on cultivating future leaders to power a culture of consent.  Based primarily out of Light House Headquarters Office, although some positions have been approved to work remotely, the internship and fellowship program is integrated into all of our departments to offer interns and fellows access to a variety of opportunities.

The Intern and Fellow Program is a strong leadership development program providing young professionals with training and on-the-ground practical experiences in building a culture of consent. After participating in an intensive 50 hour training and orientation process, interns and fellows engage in meaningful projects, continuing education and professional development activities.  DCRCC has supported interns and fellows since its inception in 1972, many of whom have gone on to fill important roles in the public service sector.

Internship & Fellowship FAQs:

What is the difference between an internship and fellowship?

Both interns and fellows serve in a variety of roles and capacities within each of our departments; working consistent weekly hours and accessing similar leadership development opportunities. However, fellows are expected to serve for at minimum one full calendar year, and interns may serve beginning in January, May or September for three to ten months.

Do I have to be in school to apply?

Depending on the opportunity, preference may be given to students and those seeking an intern or fellow opportunity for school or organizational credit. However, ultimately we are looking for the right person for the job and welcome applicants from various ages and stages of life.

How many hours will I be expected to work?

Most interns and fellows are expected to work between 15 and 30 hours a week for the duration of their time of service. However, this may be flexible dependant on the specific position.

Where will I work?

Interns and fellows will be expected to participate in training, supervision, events and work within our offices at the Lighthouse Center for Healing (5321 First Pl. NE, Washington DC 20011). However, some positions are approved to work semi-remotely and off-site. Please see specific position descriptions for details.

When should I apply?

DCRCC has Spring, Summer and Winter internship programs and accepts applications on a rolling basis. Fellowships are filled as positions become available.

What support can I expect from DCRCC?

DCRCC will:

  • Provide a 50 hour training to orient, equip and prepare you for partnership with DCRCC
  • Work with you to create a personal work plan to guide our collaboration together during your time of service as an intern or fellow
  • Support your experience through weekly supervision
  • Create spaces for you to get to know other interns, fellows and volunteers participating in DCRCC programs
  • Invite and involve you in volunteer socials and events
  • Provide supplemental opportunities to increase knowledge and understanding about sexual violence (webinars, trainings, video screenings, and discussions)

Do I need a police clearance?

All volunteers, interns, and fellows are expected to complete and submit a police clearance which can be done at the Henry J. Daly Building, MPDC Headquarters (300 Indiana Avenue, NW Rm 1075, Washington DC 20001). The cost for a police clearance is $7.

What if I’m not 18?

There are currently limited opportunities for individuals who aren’t yet 18 years old, and require guardian permission. Please inquire about current opportunities by emailing

Interested in joining our team as an Intern or Fellow?

Please complete our Intern & Fellow Application.