The Incarcerated Gender Violence Survivors Initiative (“IGVSI”) at Sanctuary for Families is recruiting interns to join our team in the fall of 2023. Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children.

IGVSI interns will work on a range of projects supporting criminalized survivors, including cases under New York’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act (“DVSJA”), prison reform advocacy, parole, clemency, case management etc.

Our internship will be in-person for at least 10 hours a week.


  • Assist with vetting potential clients
  • Take on discrete research projects
  • Support case management needs of clients
  • Give organizational support
  • Attend meetings with clients and take notes
  • Prepare letters, memos, reports etc.
  • Update website
  • Potentially visit prison to meet with clients


This position is open to undergraduate students. Applicants should possess strong interpersonal, analytical and writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Experience working on criminal justice or prison reform issues or with domestic violence survivors is preferred, but not required.

To Apply

Please send an e-mail describing briefly your interest and qualifications, including language skills, and a resume in pdf format to Kayla Abrams at and Emily Lo Bue at Please indicate “Fall 2023 internship – IGVSI” in the subject line of your email. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to respond to applicants not selected for an interview.

Please note that this internship is unpaid. We are happy to work with undergraduate students who seek to obtain school credit or outside funding.