Internships

Looking to start a career in education, youth development, policy, PR or nonprofit fundraising and management? Want to help change the world?

Break the Cycle is seeking interns to join our team of energetic professionals in Los Angeles and the District of Columbia! This is not a filing job. Gain hands-on experience that is practical and looks great on your résumé.

Break the Cycle interns build skills that can be applied to careers in the education, legislative, nonprofit and corporate sectors. We offer a casual, friendly work environment where interns are encouraged to contribute and learn. Internships are available for 3 - 12 months. Please refer to the listings below (by city).

Los Angeles

Programs Intern

Program Interns help deliver Break the Cycle services to youth. Interns receive training on domestic and dating violence, Break the Cycle's services and other relevant areas.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Drafting and updating educational materials.
  • Responding to requests for help, including maintaining our nationwide referral system.
  • Developing web content for loveisrespect.org.
  • Assisting with research projects, community outreach and other support as needed.

Social/Digital Media Intern

Social/Digital Media Interns help develop and manage Break the Cycle's extensive online/social/digital media presence in real time. Supporting the Director of Youth Programs and Digital Strategies Coordinator, Social/Digital Interns have the opportunity to directly impact a leading national nonprofit's efforts to engage young people in innovative and creative ways.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Managing and expanding Break the Cycle's social media presence.
  • Creating teen friendly web content, blogs and help resources.
  • Crafting digital media content for YouTube and online advertising.
  • Assisting communications staff with various PR projects.
  • Supporting other graphic design projects as needed (depending on experience).
  • Assisting staff in developing new marketing strategies to grow our audience and donor base.

Experience using Adobe Suite and Drupal web platforms is desired.

Note: Break the Cycle is willing to consider applicants outside of the Los Angeles area IF they are United States citizens and are able to commit to "remote" work requirements.

Development Intern: Donor Relations

Donor Relations Interns 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:

  • Assisting with Break the Cycle events, including logistics, silent auction coordination and PR.
  • Individual donor research and outreach.
  • Assisting with other fundraising and community relation efforts including our volunteer program, press kits, data entry, social media outlets and other duties as needed.

Development Intern: Grants & Research

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 directly 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.

Non-profit Management Intern

Management Interns participate in all facets of nonprofit management, working side-by-side with Break the Cycle's Executive Director.

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.

District of Columbia

Training & Technical Assistance Library Intern

Training and Technical Assistance Interns will be expected to identify, interpret and catalog training and technical assistance resources and have a desire to use research and advocacy to advance social change and progressive public policy.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Contributing to the development of written products to assist in improving response to young survivors of abuse
  • Assisting with coordinating logistics for web-based trainings and conferences
  • Research and update information house in the resource library
  • Research and analyze laws related to dating violence, sexual assault and stalking

Applicants MUST be an undergraduate or graduate student in education, public policy or public health, law, women's studies or related field. Experience using Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw to conduct legal research preferred.

These internships will be paid a small stipend. To apply, email cover letter and resume to Program Specialist Erin Clark at [email protected].

Legal Intern

Legal Interns gain hands-on legal and public policy experience with a law-based, domestic violence organization.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Supporting Staff Attorneys in the delivery of free legal services to young victims of dating abuse, including client intake, safety planning, case preparation, court accompaniment and drafting legal documents.
  • Conducting legal, legislative and policy research with the aim to write on various domestic violence, family, criminal and general public interest law issues.
  • Assisting with the creation of advocacy and educational materials.
  • Responding to requests for help and maintaining our nationwide referral system.

How to Get Started

This is an unpaid internship program. Undergraduate, graduate and law students, as well as recent graduates, are welcome to apply. Generally-speaking, we ask interns to commit a minimum of 10 weeks, 8-10 hours per week for part-time status and 20-40 hours a week for full-time status.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should email or mail a cover letter and résumé to:

In Los Angeles, CA:

Break the Cycle Internship Program
5777 W. Century Blvd., Suite 1150
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Email: [email protected]

In Washington, DC:

Break the Cycle Internship Program
P.O. Box 66165
Washington, DC 20035 
Email: [email protected]