Volunteer & Internships

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. Join Break the Cycle as a volunteer with one of the following opportunities.

National Youth Advisory Board

Our National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) consists of 24 hardworking and dedicated individuals who work together to represent youth of all ages, backgrounds and communities. Ranging in age from 13-24, our NYAB members consist of middle school, high school and college students and young people not in school. The board provides insights and feedback on every aspect of loveisrespect, writes blogs for the site, hosts events across the country to raise awareness, meets monthly and generally promotes youth empowerment, awareness and success. They’re also an integral part of teenDVmonth by hosting Respect Week, a chance for young people to stand together nationwide and promote healthy relationships.

Love Is Not Abuse Coalition

Join the Love is Not Abuse Coalition and be part of the thousands of parents, educators and advocates who are dedicated to stopping dating violence wherever it rears its ugly head.

Young Professionals

The Young Professionals are a volunteer auxiliary group that raises friends and funds for Break the Cycle. Founded in 2006, these individuals organize and promote social gatherings and awareness events to acquaint other young professionals with Break the Cycle's work. If you're interested in building your networking and organization skills through event planning, fundraising and marketing as well as learn what it takes to be a successful board member for a nonprofit, join us! Contact development@breakthecycle.org to get started.

Peer Educators

Do you enjoy working with youth? Want to gain skills that will look great on your résumé? Join Break the Cycle’s Peer Education Program in LA! As a Peer Educator, you will 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

This is an unpaid volunteer program. 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.


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

Youth Organizing Intern (in Los Angeles only)

Youth Organizers 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

Development: 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 Internship (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

Thank you for your interest in Break the Cycle!