Want to make a difference in a young person’s life today? Join Break the Cycle as a volunteer! Our volunteer program engages young people and adults in furthering our mission, as well as creating opportunities for leadership, activism, skill building and fundraising. Email us at volunteer@breakthecycle.org with any questions.

Peer Educators

We are currently seeking interns for our Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA offices.


Peer Educators conduct classroom presentations to youth ages 12 to 24 in Los Angeles County on dating violence and healthy relationships. We train Peer Educators to present our Healthy Relationships 101 workshops, conduct basic data entry for program tracking and participate in future opportunities to assist with help services. Peer Educators must have strong verbal and presentation skills, reliable transportation (including a valid driver license and proof of insurance) and be willing to submit to a background check and TB test.

Responsibilities vary and may include:

  • Implementing our Healthy Relationships 101 workshops in schools and organizations across Los Angeles County

  • Maintaining a good rapport with youth participants at all times, making discussions relatable and enjoyable

  • Checking in weekly and sending reports to the National Community Organizer

  • Conducting program tracking using Salesforce

  • Mandatory attendance on training dates

Current college students or graduates from an accredited university between the age of 21 and 26 are welcome to apply. We ask Peer Educators to be available during school hours (8am-3pm) at least one day per week and occasionally on weekends. Interested candidates should send cover letter and résumé specifying your interest in the Peer Educator volunteer position by email at volunteer@breakthecycle.org.

Professional Development Volunteer Positions

Interested candidates should send cover letter and résumé specifying your interest in the position by email at la.intern@breakthecycle.org.

Youth Leadership & Engagement Interns Intern (in Los Angeles only)

Youth Leadership & Engagement Interns help build an on-the-ground movement of young people to create a culture without abuse. Interns receive training on domestic and dating violence, Break the Cycle's services and other relevant areas.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Researching and updating database of local schools and youth programs
  • Organizing youth events and distribution of resources
  • Training volunteers to implement youth workshops
  • Assisting with research projects, community outreach and other support as needed

Donor Relations Intern

Donor Relations Interns will learn what it takes for a nonprofit organization to maintain sustaining support from individual donors as well as gain experience in promotion and fundraising for Break the Cycle.  Responsibilities may include:

  • Helping to maintain and cultivate Break the Cycle’s donor campaign
  • Assisting with Break the Cycle events, including logistics, silent auction coordination and PR
  • Individual donor research and outreach
  • Assisting with other fundraising and community relations efforts including our volunteer program, press kits, data entry, social media outlets and other duties as needed

Grants and Research Intern

Grants and Research interns learn what it takes to fundraise, write grants and conduct research for a national nonprofit organization.  Responsibilities may include:

  • Researching foundation and corporation funding opportunities that fit with Break the Cycle’s mission and work to end dating abuse
  • Filtering funding opportunities
  • Working with the Foundation & Government Relations Specialist in developing and submitting grant applications
  • Performing literal and statistical research on dating and domestic violence trends, prevalence rates and percentages
  • Researching various forums for  factual and statistical information

Management Intern (in Los Angeles only)

Management Interns participate in all facets of nonprofit management, working side-by-side with Break the Cycle's Operations Manager. Responsibilities may include:

  • Conducting research on organizational best practices and policies
  • Preparing reports and communications for management team
  • Assisting with logistics and planning for board, staff, donor and community meetings
  • Providing general administrative support as needed