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Peaceful Paths offers dynamic internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in gaining valuable experience for credit. All internships interacting with clients require the completion of a Domestic Violence Advocate training. For more information, please contact the designated team member.

Development

  • Fundraising interns work with the Development Department to organize and execute special events, coordinate donor solicitations, and create fundraising communications. They will work closely with the Director of Development, Stephanie Freas, and must be able to attend all special events. 

Economic Empowerment

  • Economic Empowerment interns work directly with survivors and teach them the skills and tools they need to live financially independent of their abusers. Interns work from the Outreach Center and help deliver financial empowerment curriculum under the direction of Trish White, the Economic Empowerment Coordinator. 

Education and Prevention:

  • Prospective interns who are selected will be working within our Education & Prevention Program which provides services to the children of survivors at our Outreach office and Shelter as well as community members. This internship gives firsthand experience in providing children’s advocacy, planning/facilitating children’s support groups, educating on violence prevention and financial literacy, delivering childcare support, and participating in community awareness events. There will also be opportunities to shadow in other areas of the agency. Interns will have the opportunity to work with survivors and their children, providing support, learning to advocate and keep them emotionally and physically safe.

Legal:

  • IFP Intern: Legal interns work with our legal team, assisting clients seeking injunctions. This opportunity is open to current law students seeking pro-bono hours, certified legal interns, and any licensed attorneys.

Outreach:

  • This position provides first-hand experience in assisting the day-to-day outreach reception, donation support, and client advocacy of a domestic violence agency. Ideal candidates will have experience volunteering, leading groups, and are current in social justice topics, feminist principles, domestic violence research, and nonprofit work. Tasks include delegating tasks to volunteers, community outreach engagement, and developing curriculum for the volunteer and client programs.

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Development, Marketing, and Fundraising Events Intern

Fall 2020, Spring 2021 Internships Available

Fundraising interns work with the Development Department to organize and execute special events, coordinate donor solicitations, and create fundraising communications. They will work closely with the Director of Development, Stephanie Freas, and must be able to attend all special events.

 

Responsibilities/Experiences will include:

  • management of ongoing strategic digital marketing campaigns

  • donor communications such as newsletters & outreach campaigns

  • fundraising and event planning activities

  • donor database management

  • opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the lives of survivors

Ideal Candidates will: 

  • have experience or willingness to learn programs such as Canva, Hootsuite, eTapestry, Airtable, MailChimp

  • possess a strong social media competence

  • have a strong connection/interest in our agency mission: To save lives and create change

  • have or hope to have experience working in non-profit sector 

  • work well in a team environment

  • work well independently on projects/tasks

  • take initiative and show creativity

  • commit to two semesters (ideally) Summer/Fall or Fall/Spring

  • commit to 12-18 hour/week 

 

How to Apply: Interested in joining our dynamic Development Team? Candidates should email a resume and cover letter to Stephanie Freas at stephanief@peacefulpaths.org.

Economic Empowerment/Finance Education Intern

Fall 2020, Spring 2021 Internships Available

This position reports directly to the Economic Empowerment Coordinator, Trish White, Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network is a local non-profit organization, providing advocacy and support for domestic abuse survivors through many services including: legal, counseling, shelter, child and youth programs, and economic empowerment. As an Economic Empowerment Intern you will work directly with survivors and teach them the skills and tools they need to live financially independent of their abusers. This position is un-paid. 

 

Responsibilities/Experiences will include:

  • Working closely with program coordinator to re-organize and develop microloan program

    • Assisting in the loaning process from beginning to end including processing loan applications, setting up account files, consulting on loan projects, and following up with clients regarding their progress and requires emergency savings account

    • Utilizing software to help in the credit reporting process, scheduling payments, and adjusting billing invoices

  • Assisting in developing financial literacy curriculum, in addition to teaching workshops and financial literacy classes to domestic abuse survivors

    • Covering topics such as: what is economic abuse, employment, banking, budgeting, investment, credit, loans, debt, identity theft, insurance, etc.

 

Ideal Candidates will: 

  • Be pursuing a 4-year degree at an accredited university

  • Have a 3.0 GPA minimum

  • Preferably study one of the following majors: Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Political Science, Communications, Marketing, Education, Non-profit Management, Public Administration, or other related fields

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, independent, and self-motivated

  • Have a flexible Schedule between 15-20 hours per week (Monday-Thursday 8 a.m - 5 p.m) and own transportation

 

Benefits:

  • Internship credit with student’s institution

  • Florida Advocate Certification and training

  • Networking connections with local professionals and community leaders from across Alachua County, one on one mentorship

  • Direct interaction with client survivors, and experts in social services field

  • Attending interesting and exciting organization events

 

How to Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Trish White (Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator) at TrishW@peacefulpaths.org, with the subject line “Intern Application.” Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  reach out with any questions.

Housing Advocacy Intern

Fall 2020, Spring 2021 Internships Available

Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network is a local non-profit organization, providing advocacy and support for domestic abuse survivors through many services including: legal, counseling, shelter, child and youth programs, and economic justice. As a Housing Advocacy Intern you will work in the economic empowerment department, directly with survivors. In your role, you will help develop our rapid housing program, and will work to foster relationships between Peaceful Paths, landlords, and tenants. This position is un-paid. 

 

This position reports directly to the Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator, Trish White.

 

Responsibilities/Experiences will include: 

  • Working closely with Economic Empowerment coordinator to further develop our rapid rehousing program

  • Utilizing housing first model to help network and partner with local landlords and housing development companies in an effort to place domestic abuse survivors into affordable housing 

  • Working with HUD funding to offer financial assistance and landlord mitigation funds to decrease perceived tenant risk 

  • Designing and create tenant-landlord training initiative, which will be used to help educate tenants about application processes, lease details, and proper tenant practices 

  • Serving as an advocate in the community, attending local events and forums in an effort to build bridges and inform landlords and property managers about the importance of battling homelessness 

 

Ideal Candidates will:

  • Be pursuing a 4-year degree at an accredited university 

  • Have a 3.0 GPA minimum 

  • Preferably study one of the following majors: Urban Planning, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Economics, Political Science, Sustainability, Communications, Marketing, Education, Non-profit Management, Public Administration, or other related fields 

  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, independent, and self-motivated 

  • Have a flexible schedule between 15-20 hours per week (Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.), and own transportation

 

Benefits:

  • Internship credit with student’s institution 

  • Florida Advocate Certification and training 

  • Networking connections with local professionals and community leaders from across Alachua County, one on one mentorship 

  • Direct interaction with client survivors, and experts in the social services field 

  • Attending interesting and exciting organization events

 

How to Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Trish White (Economic Empowerment Program Coordinator) at TrishW@peacefulpaths.org, with the subject line “Intern Application.” Please feel free to reach out with any questions. 

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Education and Prevention Intern

Fall 2020, Spring 2021 Internships Available Now!

Prospective interns who are selected will be working within our Education & Prevention Program which provides services to the children of survivors at our Outreach office and Shelter as well as community members. This internship gives firsthand experience in providing children’s advocacy, planning/facilitating children’s support groups, educating on violence prevention and financial literacy, delivering childcare support, and participating in community awareness events. There will also be opportunities to shadow in other areas of the agency. Interns will have the opportunity to work with survivors and their children, providing support, learning to advocate and keep them emotionally and physically safe.

Responsibilities/Experiences will include:

  • Interns will create and teach curriculum at community centers, schools, camps, and child support groups.

  • Interns will assist in fundraising events, complete trainings, 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.

Ideal Candidates will possess: 

  • Knowledge of domestic/dating violence

  • Leadership skills

  • Teamwork experience

  • Flexibility with scheduling

  • Experience working with children

  • Understanding of confidentiality practices

  • Enthusiasm for lesson planning and teaching

 

All 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:

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to csorrow@peacefulpaths.org

Outreach Support Intern

Fall 2020, Spring 2021 Internships Available Now!

The Outreach area at Peaceful Paths is seeking candidates for an internship opportunity. This position provides first-hand experience in assisting the day-to-day reception, donation support, and client advocacy of a domestic violence agency. This is a great experience for undergraduate students in the nonprofit, social services, and/or community health fields. Commitment to this position requires 6-10 hours per week, with flexibility for fundraising and other events outside the outreach campus and hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm). Physical requirements include ability to lift up to 50 lbs., some light housekeeping, and ability to move around the Peaceful Paths outreach office and property.

Interns work in a variety of different projects and campaigns, which can include: 

▪ Creatively brainstorming processes to improve workflow for the Outreach Front Desk 

▪ Delegating tasks to volunteers when sorting and organizing donations and pantry items 

▪ Engagement in tabling opportunities, community partnerships, and outreach events 

▪ Development of presentations and/or materials for the volunteer and client programs 

▪ Program support and shadowing of other areas and advocates (donation center, shelter, etc.) 

▪ Attending trainings and other professional development opportunities

Ideal candidates will: 

▪ Practice excellent written/verbal communication, basic office, customer/client service, and organizational skills 

▪ Have experience volunteering and with leading groups 

▪ Stay current on social justice topics, feminist principles, domestic violence research, and nonprofit work 

▪ Abide by the guidelines in the Volunteer/Intern handbook, and be expected to align with the values of Peaceful Paths of 

▪ Promoting diversity and equality 

▪ Professional ethics and standards 

▪ Flexibility and teamwork 

▪ Protection of confidentiality 

▪ Providing survivor focused advocacy 

Preference will be given to candidates who can participate a full-year and can attend the Core Competencies Training which is state-mandated for direct service volunteers and personnel.

 

How to Apply: To be considered all applicants must,

1. Complete the Volunteer Application at https://www.peacefulpaths.org/volunteerapplication 

In "additional comments" let it be known you are applying for the "Outreach Support Internship".

2. Submit resume and cover letter to volunteer@peacefulpaths.org 

Send resume as an attachment; cover letter can be submitted as part of the body email.

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