California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Do you want to help promote healthy relationships and prevent intimate partner violence in California? Do you want to be part of a team that is promoting social change through state-level leadership, advocacy and capacity building? If so, we have the perfect internship for you!

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence is the only true conduit of expertise that keeps California leading the way to becoming a state free from domestic violence. The Partnership’s 30 years of experience working throughout the state allows agencies, partners and legislators to share expertise and address this public safety issue at a state level, which is the best way to solve the problem. We regularly have openings for internships in prevention, public policy and communications/outreach. Interns typically work 10-20 hours per week and generally have an interest in women's issues, government, public affairs, public policy or law. All interns must either be enrolled as graduate/professional, undergraduate or law students. You can view the available internship opportunities below. Please note: all internship positions are UNPAID.

Prevention Intern:
The Partnership's Prevention Program advances effective dating abuse prevention policies and programs through leadership, advocacy, and a statewide network of prevention advocates dedicated to promoting healthy relationships and preventing dating abuse. Prevention Program Interns help to implement program activities while learning about statewide efforts, domestic violence coalition work and the broader movement to end domestic violence. This role reports to the Prevention Program Director.

Sample tasks:

Prepare education and outreach materials on teen dating violence (TDV)
• Assist with the coordination of prevention meetings and events
• Transcribe oral interviews
• Compile resource lists on various prevention topics
• Providing administrative support for the Prevention Team
• Learn about strategies and programs to prevent domestic violence in California, with a focus on teen dating violence prevention

For more information, click here. Download an application.

Communications Intern:
Our communications program is responsible for establishing and maintaining professional relationships with journalists across California, monitoring the press statewide for their coverage of domestic violence issues, publicizing the events and accomplishments of our member programs, and acting as liaison between the domestic violence community and the press. The communications intern will have a first-hand opportunity to learn about how a dynamic policy and advocacy agency conducts statewide media relations.

Sample tasks:
• Review media outlets across the state for domestic violence-related stories
• Help maintain The Partnership’s web site

• Manage the organization's social media channels
• Make first contact with reporters to introduce them to the The Partnership and its initiatives
• Help craft story ideas to pitch to major media outlets like the L.A. Times and San Francisco Chronicle
• Assist in researching press releases
• Assist in the editing and production of the The Partnership’s bi-monthly I&U

Download an application. If interested in a communications internship, please e-mail or fax a cover letter, resume and completed internship application to Jessica Merrill, Communications and Development Manager at or fax: 916-444-7165

Public Policy Intern:
Our Public Policy team works closely with state legislators, monitors legislative developments, drafts and analyzes statewide legislation, and provides information to shelters, community-based organizations and other grassroots advocates about existing and pending policy initiatives. Additionally, the policy team creates and distributes outreach materials, and routinely partners with other organizations that are committed to ending violence against women.

Sample tasks:
• Research state statutes around the country pertaining to domestic violence
• Research policies, regulations, case law, and best practices pertaining to domestic violence
• Research empirical studies of issues pertaining to domestic violence
• Assist in developing position papers on specific domestic violence issues
• Assist in developing legislative rationale papers
• Attend and assist with the coordination of testimony for legislative committee hearings
• Assist in executing communication plans around public policy issues (i.e. write newsletter articles, disseminate information via email to coalition members, etc.)
• Participate in statewide committees addressing public policies which impact domestic violence victims, their children, and offenders
• Assist in collecting and analyzing data from program surveys or research
• Attend regional meetings and public policy meetings

Download an application. If interested in a public policy internship, please e-mail or fax a cover letter, resume and completed internship application to Krista Niemczyk, Public Policy Specialist at or fax: 916-444-7165

For further information about these exciting internship opportunities, please email