Careers with RVA
Established in 1974, RVA now serves over 2,000 survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones annually through our main office in downtown Chicago and our community-based offices in Austin, Ravenswood, and on the Stroger Hospital campus.
Persons of color and LGBTQ+ persons are encouraged to apply. RVA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability in its procedures and policies.
Internships with RVA
The four primary internship opportunities are with our Advocacy, Trauma Therapy, Education and Training, and Development departments. Please read the descriptions, responsibilities, and requirements of these available intern positions here.
- Education and Training Intern
- Imagination Theater Intern
- Legal Advocate Intern
- Advocacy Intake Coordination Intern
- Trauma Therapy Intern
- Development Intern*
- Marketing and Communications Intern*
*Internship opportunities for Spring quarter/semester.
All of our interns are required to complete a minimum of 40-hours of sexual assault crisis intervention training in accordance with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault mandates. You must complete this training prior-to or within a month of beginning your internship. RVA offers this training at least four times a year. The schedule is available here. There is no cost for the training if you are accepted into the internship program. Training is approximately 5 weeks long, in the evenings. There may be other training options available on a case-by-case basis.
With the exception of the development department, most internships at RVA are a minimum of a one year commitment. RVA does not hire summer interns. Our internship cycle runs July 1 – June 30. Occasionally, we may be able to work around different internship needs or academic requirements on a case by case basis. Preference may be given to those who have completed the training prior to starting an internship with RVA. RVA accepts nonacademic interns by exception. Trauma Therapy intern applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s level program to be eligible for an internship within this program.
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