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MCASA posts job openings for our organization, our member programs, and other job opportunities in agencies dedicated to ending sexual violence. All postings will be removed after 90 days.

Job Title

Program Intern


Position Overview

The Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MCASA) advocates for accessible, compassionate care for survivors, the prevention of sexual assault, and accountability for all offenders.  MCASA actively works to end sexual violence in the State of Maryland through professional training, public outreach, public policy advocacy,   technical assistance, and legal services.

Through hands-on learning responsibilities, MCASA’s program interns are engaged in the important effort to end rape, child sexual abuse, and the full continuum of sexual violence including campus sexual assault and human sex trafficking. They are exposed to the latest thinking in the field of sexual assault prevention and response through webinars and trainings, professional meetings, and written resource materials. Program interns also come away with practical knowledge about a statewide nonprofit organization’s strategies for office management, internal and external communications, professional training, and public outreach.  

A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required.  Interns are encouraged to work with their academic institutions to seek credit.

This internship located at our metro-accessible Silver Spring, MD office. Remote work is available during COVID-19.


Intern Objectives

  • Develop and expand knowledge regarding sexual violence and policies to prevent and respond to sexual assault and abuse.
  • Develop ability to write and format professional documents such as letters, fact sheets, website content, and newsletter articles.
  • Expand professional speaking skills by answering and making telephone calls.
  • Become familiar with client referrals by providing information about MCASA’s Sexual Assault Legal Institute and Maryland rape crisis and recovery centers to survivors who call the office.
  • Learn about event management by assisting with logistics coordination for professional training sessions and fundraising events.
  • Enhance research skills by completing written projects regarding sexual violence.
  • Develop an understanding of nonprofit membership development and engagement by updating and maintaining electronic database records.
  • Participate in public outreach by attending events, staffing community information fairs, and fulfilling orders for resource brochures.
  • Become familiar with a varied-pace office environment that juggles both immediate and longer-term projects.
  • Contribute to development of office resources on specific topics.   



  • Be genuinely concerned about sexual violence issues and have a passion and desire to make a difference
  • Have a desire to learn about non-profit organizations and practices
  • Be organized, have a strong attention to detail, and be able to complete projects independently
  • Be computer and internet savvy: experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint preferred
  • Be able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing

This internship is particularly relevant for students pursuing degrees in communications, social sciences, criminal justice, or Women’s Studies, but we welcome applications from those in any field.


Commitment to Diversity 

MCASA is an equal opportunity agency and is committed to diversity.  MCASA does not discriminate based on ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental disability. 



This internship is unpaid.  We encourage interns to seek academic credit or stipends when possible.


To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to [email protected]  Applications are accepted at any time; however, we encourage applicants for fall internships to apply by July 31st, for spring internships by mid-December, and for summer internships by March 13th. The start date is flexible; we require a minimum commitment of three months at 15 hours per week. Remote work is available during COVID-19.

*If you are interested for the Fall 2021 internship, please send your application materials to [email protected]

The Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) of Maryland is seeking applications for legal interns for academic year and summer internships. SALI is one of the only programs in the country devoted solely to providing direct legal services to victims of sexual assault. The Institute is a state wide program that provides legal services in civil cases for victims of sexual assault in cases such as: college administration hearings, privacy issues, peace and protective orders, family law matters, employment, housing, and any other civil issue related to sexual assault. SALI also provides technical assistance and training for attorneys, rape recovery center staff, and other professionals working with survivors. The Institute is part of the Maryland Coalition against Sexual Assault (MCASA). MCASA is a non-profit membership organization that includes the state’s nineteen rape recovery crisis centers, law enforcement, mental health and health care providers, attorneys, educators, survivors of sexual violence and other concerned individuals. MCASA represents the unified voice and combined energy of all of its members working to eliminate sexual violence in the state of Maryland.

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The Institute will provide training on the dynamics of sexual assault and the Maryland statues. Written feedback will be provided if desired (or required for academic reasons). Constructive criticism and guidance will also be provided. Applicants should feel free to bring research proposals, or issues they are interested in the attention of the Institute; every effort will be made to accommodate individual interests. Some flexibility regarding hours may be given to allow for other commitments.

Intern Qualifications

Students of any academic discipline will be considered. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in women’s issues, the American legal system, or working in the non-profit sector. Some academic background in on or more of these areas is preferred. Applicants must have common sense, and the ability to work independently.
Applications are accepted throughout the year for academic year internships. Please email, mail or fax a resume and cover letter detailing your interest, work experience, and availability to:

Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI)
Post Office Box 8782
Silver Spring, Maryland 20907
301-565-3619 (Fax)
[email protected] (Email)

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