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Graduate Student Clinical Internships

Graduate Student Clinical Internship

Graduate Student Clinical Interns work directly with primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault by providing trauma informed individual therapy to DCRCC clients. Graduate Students go through an intensive training with our Licensed Trauma Therapists that covers the dynamics of sexual assault and its impact on survivors, child sexual abuse, providing trauma-informed counseling, vicarious trauma, and other topics which provide them with a broad and deep understanding of survivors. A Clinical Internship prepares counseling students to work directly with clients. Graduate Student Interns commit to meeting weekly with clients individually and in support groups. They produce one macro scale project that can be integrated into DCRCC agency knowledge or practice. Those serving as Graduate Student Interns provide safety and support to survivors in our community.

This service position requires participation and completion of 50+ hours of training. Serving for at least one year, this position is reserved for graduate level social work students requiring a practicum placement to fulfill a degree requirement.

DCRCC has agreements with different universities who refer students to us every year. We do not receive individual applications from students. If you are a Counseling and Social Work Graduate student interested in want a field placement at DCRCC, please to contact the field education department within your College or University.

The DC Rape Crisis Center's Response to COVID-19

The DC Rape Crisis Center is deeply committed to the health, wellness and saftey of our clients, as well as the broader community. Out of abundance of caution, and in accordance with the COVID-19 pandemic, the DC Rape Crisis Center is suspending in person services, and will be delivering services remotely until further notice. 

Our therapists will be providing virtual counseling services to youth & young adults, as well as adults who need our support during this challenging time.You can still call or email to schedule an intake appointment for services.  For adults you may reach out to Rubi Mancilla at 202-470-1188 or

For Youth and Young Adults you may call Alyza Weinberg at 202-470-1530 or

Our advocates are available via our 24/7 hotline please reach out if you need support 202-333-RAPE.

If you are any agency and would like to request training and technical assistance virtually please reach out to Chandra Dawson at 202-618-5088 or

We know that these are challenging, and unprecedented times right now.  The staff at the DC Rape Crisis Center will continue to create pathways for your healing journey. If you have any further questions please reach out to

We are wishing you, and your loved ones good health. Take care and be well.