Internships

Peaceful Paths provides internships for students interested in gaining valuable experience. We have listed our upcoming for both undergraduate and graduate internship opportunities below.

Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

Child & Youth Internship (Emergency Shelter)
Spring/Summer 2018

WHO WE ARE

Peaceful Paths is the only certified domestic violence center responsible for serving Alachua, Bradford and Union Counties. Our agency is committed to providing services to survivors of domestic violence. Our agency offers services such as legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, emergency food, clothing and hygiene supplies, emergency shelter and transitional housing.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Prospective interns who are selected will be working within our Child and Youth Program which provides services to our Outreach Office and Emergency Shelter. This internship gives firsthand experience in providing children’s advocacy in addition to planning, facilitating children’s support groups and providing childcare support There will also be opportunities to intern/volunteer in other areas of the agency.
Interns will have the opportunity to work first hand with survivors and their children, providing support, learning to advocate and keep them emotionally and physically safe.

THE COMMITMENT

Those who are interested in applying for this internship should enjoy working with children from a variety of ages and backgrounds, and exhibit patience, understanding, empathy, and a commitment to the youth we serve. Our outreach/shelter locations are located in an area of town that does not have an evening bus route, so applicants should have their own reliable mode of transportation.

Interns should expect to work 6-8 hours a week with our Child and Youth program staff, with more hours available for those seeking credit. We provide support groups and services to our clients Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. Interns are expected to be available 2 out of the 4 nights from 5:30-8:30 and one 3 hour block a month Fri-Sat. One 3-4 hour block per week during normal business hours for clerical work and program development is also required. Our children’s program staff also meets bi-weekly, that meeting is scheduled based on the availability of the staff as a whole, and interns are expected to attend when available. Selected interns will also be required to complete our new advocate training which totals 24 hours. Attending this training IS NOT OPTIONAL. Those who do not complete the training will not be retained as an intern.

HOW TO APPLY

Information on this position can also be found on our website peacefulpaths.org/internships. To apply please submit your cover letter and resume to Ashley Mitchell at mitchella@peacefulpaths.org. If you have questions or need clarification email mitchella@peacefulpaths.org or call Ashley Mitchell, Shelter Youth Advocate at (352) 377-5690 ext. 202


Child & Youth Internship (Outreach)
Spring/Summer 2019

WHO WE ARE

Peaceful Paths is a domestic violence network covering Alachua, Bradford and Union counties. Our agency has an emergency shelter, extended shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, housing advocacy, support groups, financial empowerment, violence prevention, and outreach team. Internships with our organization are tailored to the individual with opportunities for involvement within each of these parts of our agency.

OVERVIEW

Prospective interns will be working with our Child and Youth Program in child advocacy, child support groups, community training, prevention education, and financial literacy. Interns will have the opportunity to work with  Alachua, Bradford, and Union communities as well as survivors and their children to provide support, advocate, and work to keep them emotionally and physically safe. Objectives for interns are as follows:

-Interns will create and teach curriculum at community centers, schools, camps, and child support groups.
-Interns will assist in fundraising events, complete training’s, and attend meetings within our agency.
-Interns will attend conferences and other professional development opportunities.
-Interns will learn about and develop self-care strategies and boundaries.
-Interns will assist with childcare during client intakes and counseling sessions.
-Interns will track student and client outcomes by organizing and entering statistics.
-Interns will engage in tabling, conducting outreach events, and developing program materials.
-Interns will work with survivors and their children in providing support, advocacy, and education.
-Interns will stay current on social justice topics, domestic violence research, risk factors, and policy reform.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

-Knowledge of domestic/dating violence
-Leadership skills
-Teamwork experience
-Flexibility with scheduling
-Experience working with children
-Understanding of confidentiality practices

-Reliable transportation

-Must enjoy working with children of all ages

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, complete a brief volunteer application and submit a professional resume and cover letter to Victoria Schaeffer (victorias@peacefulpaths.org). If you have questions or need clarification, email Victoria Schaeffer at victorias@peacefulpaths.org or call at (352) 377-5690 ext. 516.


Graduate Internship Opportunities

No Graduate Internships Available