Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

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Internships

DAP relies heavily on the work of student interns to provide the critical services that our clients depend on. We have several internship routes:

  • Therapy Internship — reserved for graduate students

This program is reserved for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in behavioral health. We offer semester- and year-long intern opportunities in our Men’s, Women’s, and Youth therapy programs. For more information, contact Sean Fields at sfields@mndap.org.

  • Advocacy Internship — open to undergraduate students and degree-holders

In 2013, DAP launched a undergraduate-level internship with our advocacy team. These students work directly with our advocates to help families in crisis: they go to court, file petitions, answer crisis calls, and do one-on-one safety planning. A minimum of 15 hours and a six-month commitment is required. For more information, contact Pakou Yang at pyang@mndap.org.

  • Case Management Internship — open to undergraduate students and degree-holders

This program is provided for the purpose of supporting our Case Management team as they facilitate access to non-therapeutic support services. These interns provide administrative services (creating files, building forms, and developing reports; acting as a liaison between DAP services and collateral contacts; maintaining resource bulletin boards with updated information), direct-client services (providing guidance for Case Management clients through assistance in accessing resources; scheduling intake appointments and assisting in developing treatment plans; providing orientation for new clients; making regular calls with clients and potential clients), and community outreach (communicating with probation officers, child protection officers, and community providers; presenting on behalf of DAP about domestic violence issues; building and maintaining relationships with collateral providers that take referrals). For more information, contact Pakou Yang at pyang@mndap.org.

  • CHANGE STEP Case Management Internship — open to undergraduate students and degree-holders

This internship include implementing administrative procedures (scheduling intakes; creating incoming client files), providing individual case management (developing a Case Management portfolio to monitor cilent progress and participation; assessing client eligibility for out-of-house community programs; providing guidance as clients navigate out-of-house application and admittance processes; maintaining up-to-date knowledge of community resources relevant for the veteran population), and participating in program development initiatives (assisting the program supervisor with enhancing and expanding programming; attending meetings with outside agencies to strengthen community relationships; assisting the program supervisor with preparing for community presentations and CHANGE STEP curriculum training) as a member of the CHANGE STEP team. For more information, contact Pakou Yang at pyang@mndap.org.

  • Development and Communications Internship — open to undergraduate students and degree-holders

This intern position assists the Development and Communications Director in transforming and growing DAP’s overall fundraising, development, and communications program. The intern will pick which areas she or he would like to focus on. Possible tasks include: grantwriting and research, writing newsletters and other communications, support with event planning and implementation, managing social media and the DAP website. For more information, contact Pakou Yang at pyang@mndap.org.

Volunteer Opportunities

DAP is always looking for volunteers to staff our 24 Hour Crisis Line and our First Call desk as well as to assist in our CHANGE STEP program But volunteers can take on many roles, from helping with administrative tasks to contributing to our events. Mostly, we want to hear YOUR ideas for how you’d like to contribute. Contact us today! You can reach Pakou Yang at pyang@mndap.org.

For all volunteer positions, the following experience is required:

  1. Effective verbal communication, written communication, and computer skills.
  2. Commitment to ending domestic violence, helping people, and working hard for a safer community.
  3. Understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence preferred.
  4. Previous crisis call, counseling, or advocacy experience preferred.
  • 24 Hour Crisis Line

Volunteers on our 24 Hour Crisis Line offer immediate follow-up to victims of domestic violence with support, referrals, and information. This position requires a maintenance of client confidentiality and a minimum of a six-month commitment.

  • First Call

Volunteer at First Call desk, the first point of contact for prospective clients, provide information about DAP services and handle referral requests. This position requires a minimum of one shift per week (9am-11:30am, 12-2:30pm, or 2:30-5pm) and a six-month commitment.

  • CHANGE STEP

Volunteers in the CHANGE STEP program by provide administrative assistance for the expansion and development of programming and training. This position requires a minimum of ten hours per week and a four-month commitment.

  • Development and Communications/Administration

Various tasks are available, such as assisting with mailings, event preparation, and filing. This position requires a minimum of five hours per week and a three-month commitment.