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Internships & Work-Study

Internships

Are you interested in working directly with people affected by abuse? How about learning about the court system? Helping with nonprofit public relations?

We work with area universities and colleges to provide internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students. Read on to find out more about our different internships. Find something that interests you?  Please fill out the form below.

Hotline Internship:

  • Hotline interns provide our core service – answering calls that come in to our 24-hour hotline. No matter when someone calls, a hotline worker is there, ready to listen and to offer support and information about domestic abuse, safety planning, and our other services. 
  • Prerequisite: These semester-long internships require that an intern complete our mandatory 40 hour hotline training prior to beginning the internship. Hotline trainings take place three times per year, usually in the winter, spring, and fall.
  • Hotline interns must be able to devote approximately 8 hours a week to the internship.
  • Potential fall semester interns must apply by May 30. Potential spring semester interns must apply by Sept. 30. Potential summer semester interns need apply by Jan. 30.

Transitional Housing (TH) Internship:

  • Successful interns will be motivated, self-directed workers who will provide support for our TH program. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: assisting in maintaining the Community Center, helping with monthly Community Meeting, assisting with case management, and taking hotline shifts.
  • Prerequisite: This internship requires completion of our 40 hour hotline training, which can be completed during the internship.
  • TH interns must be able to devote approximately 10 hours per week to the internship.
  • The internship typically begins in the fall semester and ends in the spring, although we sometimes can accommodate a different schedule. Please note that we need a two-semester commitment, regardless of the start time. Potential interns must apply by May 30th for the start of a fall internship.

 Shelter Internship:

  • Successful interns will be motivated, self-directed workers who will provide logistical support for our Shelter Services Program. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: accepting, organizing, and distributing community donations; helping to coordinate shelter maintenance; and assisting with children’s groups.
  • Prerequisite: This internship requires attendance at the first two sessions of our 40 hour hotline training, and may require kid worker training.
  • Shelter interns must devote approximately 10 hours a week to the internship.
  • Potential fall semester interns must apply by May 30. Potential spring semester interns must apply by Sept. 30. Potential summer semester interns need apply by Jan. 30.

Community Response Program (CRP) Internship:

  • Primary tasks include assisting with Spruce Run’s annual Library Campaign and other Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities. Other tasks may include, but are not limited to: assisting with the fall newsletter and/or appeal, assisting with planning for the annual meeting, assisting with website and materials maintenance, doing community outreach. May also complete hotline training and do hotline shifts.
  • Prerequisite: This internship requires attendance at least at the first two sessions of our 40 hour hotline training.
  • CRP Interns must be able to devote approximately 8 hours a week to the internship.
  • Potential interns must apply by May 30.

Legal Program Internships:

  • Legal program interns must have a high level of accountability, initiative, and self-direction.  Potential tasks include court monitoring and court outreach, in-office legal advocacy, and information gathering (including gathering and cross referencing data from police reports and BIP reports).
  • Prerequisite: Legal program interns must complete our 40 hour hotline training. One semester interns must complete the training prior to beginning the internship; two semester interns may complete the training during the first semester of the internship. Hotline trainings take place three times per year, usually in the winter, spring, and fall.
  • Legal program interns must be able to devote approximately 8 hours a week to the internship.
  • Potential fall semester interns must apply by May 30. Potential spring semester interns must apply by Sept. 30. Potential summer semester interns need apply by Jan. 30.

Work-study

We also have work-study opportunities available through the University of Maine system and Husson University. Work-study students usually help out as hotline workers or kid workers and, like our interns, must first complete the mandatory 40-hour hotline training.

If you’re interested – even if you’re a student at a local college or university other than UMaine or Husson – please fill out the form below.

Here’s some information about these positions…

Hotline Worker

As a hotline worker, you’ll provide our core service – answering calls that come in to our 24-hour crisis hotline. No matter when someone calls, a hotline worker is there, ready to listen and to offer support and information about domestic abuse, safety planning, and our other services.

Although it’s not easy, answering the hotline is one of the most rewarding jobs at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance. You are often the first contact someone affected by abuse has with our organization – and often the first voice someone hears as he or she reaches out for help.

To provide hotline workers with the support, information, and practice they need, we require new workers to complete a mandatory training – about 40 hours over six weeks. Staff provide assistance when you feel you need help, and we hold periodic informative gatherings. We hope you’ll consider becoming a hotline worker – and a safe voice for someone in need.

Kid Worker

Kid workers provide supportive, age-appropriate activities for children whose mothers use our services. During the week, we run various kids’ groups –a homework support group and a pre-school group for children in our transitional housing program as well as a children’s group that meets while moms attend their own weekly support group. Kid workers supervise and play with the children, but that’s not all. They also mentor kids who are going through a hard time and who need positive role models. We encourage men and women to become kid workers. Training on an as-needed basis– and we hope you’ll think about joining the team!

Internship & work study request form

Required fields are indicated by *

*Name:

*Mailing Address:

*Email address

*Phone:

What is the best time to reach you:

*What college or university do you attend?

*What is your program of study?

*What is your expected date of graduation?

What are your hours of availability?

*Which option are you interested in?

*For potential interns: Which internship are you interested in?

*For potential work study students: What type of work are you interested in?

If you have a work study, how much were you awarded?

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