DETAILS: 15-20 hours per week ($3,500 stipend); reporting to the Executive Director; remote or in-person
SUMMARY: Since 1983, Advocates of Routt County (located in Steamboat Springs, CO) has been working to support and empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence throughout Routt County. Today, our services include: a 24/7 crisis hotline; a confidential safehouse for victims fleeing abuse; a peer support group for victims; and confidential advocacy for anyone impacted by an abusive relationship. In addition, Advocates has developed robust social change and community education programs to prevent abuses before they happen. Partnering with schools, businesses, and other organizations, these programs raise the awareness and develop the intervention skills necessary to ensure equity and safety for everyone in our community.
Our Legal Internship program provides current pre-law undergraduates, law students, and recent graduates with an opportunity to get hands-on experience in all aspects of Advocates’ work. Due to our small size, we are able to tailor each internship to the individual Intern’s interests and previous experience. As such, Interns’ exact duties will vary, but applicants can expect to participate in client services, social change and policy advocacy, and operations. JD candidates may also have opportunities to represent clients in protection order hearings.
Please note: While Legal Interns may work remotely, some opportunities — for example, representing clients and attending court hearings — may only be available for Interns who are physically present in Steamboat Springs. Where possible, we encourage applicants from outside the area to consider occasional travel (e.g., two days per month) to facilitate such opportunities.
Previous Legal Intern projects have included:
- Assisting efforts to lobby for pre-trial services in Colorado’s 14th Judicial District
- Creating guidance materials to explain the criminal justice process for domestic and sexual violence cases and reporting mechanisms for youth sexual misconduct
- Conducting legal research on extreme risk protection orders to inform the Confidential Services Team’s advocacy
- Developing and presenting community outreach programs on workplace sexual harassment, consent in the LGBTQ+ community, and teen dating violence
- Negotiating memoranda of understanding with community partners (e.g., pro bono immigration attorneys, pet shelter services, etc.)
- Coordinating the passage of city and county resolutions proclaiming Sexual Assault Awareness Month and LGBTQ+ Pride Month
- Completing regulatory filings for a recent corporate reorganization
- Reviewing operational policies for a new child advocacy center
SKILLS: While no formal background in the field of domestic or sexual violence is required, applicants should have a demonstrated interest in victim’s rights, social justice, and equity. Candidates must be enrolled in (or recently graduated from) a college or university with classes in law, public policy, social justice studies, and/or similar fields. Strong writing, legal research, interpersonal communication, and public speaking skills are preferred. Successful applicants will have a passion for empowering victims/survivors and fighting to end violence. It is paramount that applicants be team players and take direction well from multiple supervisors, but also be able to work effectively on their own. Applicants must also embody the values of compassion, collaboration, empowerment, boldness, and equity.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Create informational materials explaining the legal process and victims’ rights in domestic and sexual violence cases
- Conduct research to support the Confidential Services Team’s advocacy
- (Law students only) Represent clients seeking civil protection orders in local court
Social Change & Community Outreach
- Review existing community outreach programs for legal accuracy and compliance
- Develop new outreach programs to better educate the local community on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and victims’ rights
- Conduct research to inform policy and social change advocacy
- Draft and coordinate passage of relevant city and county proclamations
Administration & Operations
- Draft agreements and memoranda of understanding with partner organizations
- Assist in developing operational policies, as needed
- Assist with program events and fundraisers, as needed and available
- Other tasks as assigned by Advocates’ team
Note: Studies have shown that women, nonbinary folks, and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualiﬁcations as described in a job description. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive agency, and we are most interested in ﬁnding the best candidate for this internship. That candidate may be someone who comes from a background less traditional to our ﬁeld of work, and that’s great! We strongly encourage you to apply if you have a passion for our work, even if you don’t believe you meet every qualiﬁcation listed above.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.