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AVI Undergraduate Internships

AVI interns for 2023-2024 academic year

Thank you for your interest in our internship program! Our Victim Support Specialist Internship is open for the 2024-2025 school year.  Please review the description below.  You may find the application link here: https://tcnj.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSVehxxXTGl9it0

Applications are rolling and will be reviewed as they are submitted.


Our prevention philosophy is guided in-part by the Public Health Model of prevention. In this model, primary prevention efforts aim to change the cultural and societal structures that promote violence and stop perpetration before it even begins. Secondary prevention strategies focus on intervening in the moment violence is occurring. Tertiary prevention focuses on supporting those impacted by violence to minimize the harm and promote healing. Each of our intern roles oversees particular content areas to ensure that we are engaging in all three levels of prevention work.

See below for all of our Undergraduate Intern Responsibilities and Expectations:

 

Primary Prevention Intern

The Primary Prevention Intern specializes in educating the campus community about healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, and gender socialization & healthy masculinity. This role focuses on raising awareness of the cultural underpinnings of violence and rape culture and giving the community ways to make change in their day to day lives. This intern has a wide-ranging portfolio with responsibility for keeping the visibility of multiple content areas going throughout the academic year.

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Attend weekly staff meetings and 1:1 supervision meetings.
  • Create social media, tabling programs, and poster campaigns for each content area.
  • Present the Healthy Relationships, Sexuality 101, Gender Boxes, and Healthy Masculinity workshops.
  • Seek out new ways of infusing primary prevention content into campus community life.
  • Create materials and tables/programs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month specifically around primary prevention for these types of PBPV
  • Think strategically about ways of elevating primary prevention strategies and empowering students to make change in their spheres of influence.
  • Collaborate with other interns regularly and attend weekly intern meetings

Primary Prevention Interns are generally…

  • Organized
  • Strategic
  • Flexible, open-minded, and creative
  • Able to see the “big picture” and build structures that will work towards long-term goals
  • People who enjoy interacting with others and engaging in meaningful conversation

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Secondary Prevention Intern

The Secondary Prevention Intern specializes in both bystander intervention and media literacy strategies. This person works to empower the community to recognize risky situations and intervene to take care of one another. This intern oversees our Green Dot bystander intervention program and ensures visibility of these efforts on campus. As well, this intern works to educate the campus about media literacy skills to recognize harmful messages in the media we all consume and have informed conversations about the impact of media on our perceptions and experiences.

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Attend weekly staff meetings and 1:1 supervision meetings.
  • Create social media, tabling programs, and poster campaigns to promote Green Dot, bystander intervention, and media literacy.
  • Present the Green Dot bystander intervention workshop to student groups.
  • Create media literacy education strategies and find new and novel media items to analyze.
  • Create materials and tables/programs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month specifically addressing how to intervene in these types of PBPV
  • Think strategically about ways of elevating secondary prevention strategies and empowering the campus community to intervene.
  • Collaborate with other interns regularly and attend weekly intern meetings

Secondary Prevention Interns are generally…

  • Energetic
  • Organized
  • Flexible, open-minded, and creative
  • Able to see the “big picture” and build structures that will work towards long-term goals
  • People who enjoy interacting with others and engaging in meaningful conversation

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Victim Support Specialist (VSS) Intern

The Victim Support Specialist (our tertiary prevention intern)’s main goal is to create a campus culture that is supportive and healing for victims and survivors. The intern will offer educational and interactive programs to students and organizations in order to equip the community with the tools to support survivors both immediately following a disclosure and in the long term. The intern will also be responsible for planning the Day to End Rape Culture in the Spring, which is an expo-style event designed to engage the community in conversations about rape culture. For the Day to End Rape Culture, the VSS intern will recruit and oversee student presenters and advisers in addition to organizing the logistics of the event.

Duties and Functions of AVI VSS Intern:

  • Present Supporting Survivors workshops to student organizations
  • Create and present tabling on how to support survivors
  • Create materials and tables/programs during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month specifically addressing how to support survivors of these types of PBPV
  • Collaborate with other interns regularly and attend weekly intern meetings
  • Respond to events in the media and on campus that may impact victims/survivors
  • Plan Day to End Rape Culture
    • Identify relevant topics and themes for that particular year
    • Recruit student presenters, advisers, and cosponsors
    • Oversee the development of student presenter material/content
    • Maintain all logistics (room set-up, budget, etc)
    • Coordinate volunteers both in preparation for and day of
    • Work with Publicity intern to advertise event
  • Think creatively to produce projects that help empower survivors

Qualities of the VSS Intern:

  • Empathetic
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Enjoys working with others
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Able to balance multiple projects
  • Organized
  • Enjoys engaging in difficult conversations

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Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Intern

The CEO Intern specializes in creating cohesive and consistent social media platforms and outreach strategy to allow Anti-Violence Initiatives to achieve its work in prevention and advocacy. This intern is responsible for posting all social media for the office and creating strategy for campus engagement in order to spread news and information about important topics and upcoming events. While all are welcome to apply, this position is tailored towards Communication Studies/Graphic Design majors.

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Manage all of AVI’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) on a daily basis.
  • Brainstorm strategic ways to recruit for SAVE PE’s and other intern positions.
  • Prepare and create a great deal of print and online media for large-scale events that our office offers. These events include but are not limited to:
    • Awareness Months (Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month)
    • Day to End Rape Culture (DERC)
    • Recruitment (Peer Educator, Street Team, Intern)
  • Collaborate with the AVI professional and student staff to create and post materials related to the content that they specialize in.
  • Think strategically to implement different plans to assist AVI in telling its story.
  • Attend weekly intern/pro staff meetings to update the group on all publicity efforts.
  • Other duties assigned

CEO interns are generally…

  • Social media savvy
  • Proactive
  • Flexible, creative, and approachable
  • Self-directed and motivated
  • Organized and able to pay attention to detail
  • Strong writers with the ability and skills to frame social media content to make it interesting and relevant to the campus community
  • Strategic and analytical thinkers
  • Able to work independently as well as collaboratively with all members of the AVI team (professional staff, other interns, peer educators, street team members)
  • Able to use strong communication skills to communicate with on campus offices, organizations, and groups in a productive and collaborative way
  • Able to adapt to working with tool such as Canva and Buffer
  • Able to create flyers, graphics, and marketing packages for social media and print media to promote to campus community
  • Capable to troubleshoot all problems related to the organization’s social media channels, which can range in complexity.
  • Able to identify breaking news and emerging stories on social media, and work to insert the content into our social media platforms

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