Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. Sanctuary works to end gender violence through three key areas: direct service; outreach, education and training; and systems-change advocacy. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services.

Sanctuary for Families is currently looking for a law student or an undergraduate with an interest in law and public policy to intern with Sanctuary’s Advocacy Committee for the fall semester. The Advocacy Committee is a multi-disciplinary committee chaired by staff in both the Clinical and Legal Departments.  The internship will be virtual. The position entails a commitment of 10-12 hours per week. Start and end dates are flexible. The hours and days worked during the week are also flexible as we are happy to accommodate student schedules. However, interns will be required to attend monthly Advocacy Committee meetings.  The internship is unpaid; however, we will work with students who seek to obtain school credit or outside funding.


This position is open to students seeking a fall semester internship to assist in promoting systems-wide change to advance the rights, protection, and empowerment of survivors of gender-based violence. Applicants should possess strong research and writing skills, have a commitment to social justice and an interest in public policy, and be comfortable working independently on projects. Experience or interest in working on issues of gender violence is a strong asset. 


The work of the Advocacy Committee is conducted through several Working Groups that focus on areas of advocacy that affect our clients, including Family Law, the Equality Model, Forced Marriage, Reproductive Rights, Housing, Public Benefits, Justice for Incarcerated Survivors,  etc.  The Advocacy Committee intern will:

  • Assist the Advocacy Committee Co-Chairs in managing Advocacy Committee meetings, including scheduling, setting agendas, and drafting post-meeting summaries;
  • Draft Advocacy Committee reports to be shared with Sanctuary’s Board of Directors;
  • Liaise with the chairs of each Working Group to obtain updates and ascertain their needs;
  • Support each Working Group with any research or logistical needs;
  • Conduct weekly searches for relevant articles, reports, training opportunities, conferences, rallies, etc. related to each of the Working Groups topic areas;
  • Create a newsletter compiling materials/events found in the weekly searches; summarizing these materials/events, and providing any other relevant updates from the Working Groups;
  • Perform other Advocacy Committee-related duties, and special projects, as needed.

To Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter to by the deadline below! 


Applications are due by September 16th!