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Internships

Victim Assistance Program could not provide services to the 6,000 victims a year without the help of interns. Internships are awarded to individuals completing coursework in criminal justice, social services and related fields.

The following is a list of possible intern activities:

  • Conduct cold calls to victims who have filed police reports which are received on a daily basis;
  • Answer the 24 hour hotline to provide crisis intervention, education and community referrals;
  • Assist walk in victims at a variety of our satellite offices;
  • Assist victims in completing legal paperwork;
    • Civil Protection order;
    • Anti-stalking order paperwork;
    • Crime victim compensation paperwork;
  • Create safety plans with victims;
  • Provide crisis intervention;
  • Accompany victims to the domestic relations court to provide support while attending an exparte civil protection order or full hearing in front of a magistrate;
  • Accompany an Akron Police Officer on his/her shift: “Police Ride A Long”;
  • Accompany an advocate to provide crisis intervention at the crime scene;
  • Accompany an advocate & an officer to provide a death notification.

The following is a list of activities interns may perform to help the agency:

  • Plan and attend fundraising & awareness events
  • Attend health fairs & community events to disseminate information about services
  • Help staff by updating our social media websites
  • Help the grant writer with submissions and/or research
  • Cleaning and organizing the building
  • Attend traveling staff meetings to learn about community resources
  • Other miscellaneous projects

Are you ready to get started? Please take a look at the below steps:

  1. Are we a good fit? If you feel we can depend on you and are ready to commit to a minimum of 8 hours per month to help us carry out our mission, you are ready to move on!
  2. Application. Please complete an application which can be located by clicking here and submit to the Director of Professional Enhancement, Dana Zedak at dzedak@victimassistanceprogram.org or via mail.
  3. Interview. The Director of Professional Enhancement will contact you to schedule an interview within two weeks of receiving your application. We will accept or deny candidates based on agency need, the individual's level of commitment, the individual's availability and the individual’s ability to help us carry out our mission. (Individuals with limited mobility or disabilities are welcomed to apply as accommodations can be made).
  4. Criminal Background Check. Like staff, all interns must grant us permission to run a criminal background check to ensure the individual does not have any felonies or violent misdemeanors which would pose a conflict of interest.
  5. Training. All interns are expected to engage in a 40-hour training series which is offered three times a year. This training requires individuals to attend classes and engage in self assignments. Interns may not have any client interactions without completing our training program.
  6. Placement.
    • Main office: all interns begin their service at the main office. Individuals will observe advocates working with clients and first engage in client interaction by making police report phone calls while being monitored. The Director of Professional Enhancement will determine when the individual is ready to assist a client and will do so with the coordinator present. In time, the coordinator will approve the intern to work alone.
    • Out in the field: once the coordinator approves an individual to work alone, the coordinator will schedule the intern to spend the day at various satellite offices to learn about and assist victims in other aspects of our services. All advocates are part of the internship training program and each advocate will train individuals on the core aspect of their responsibilities.