Internships are placements made as part of an academic or professional training program, which usually consist of at least 10 hours per week. If you are interested in internship placement at the Collins Center, please submit your application at least 60 days before your internship would begin. You are welcome to submit applications earlier than this in accordance with the time frame designated by your program of study.
Please note that in order to facilitate the most effective internship experience, the Collins Center prioritizes applications from local universities and colleges within a 75 mile radius of Harrisonburg. This is to take full advantage of the academic supervisor’s role in supporting the internship placement through regular in-person meetings with the Collins Center staff member assigned to oversee the intern. The Collins Center is also unable to facilitate an internship through online universities for this reason.
After we receive your application, you will be contacted about our current internship openings. If you are invited to participate in an interview, you will be asked to bring a portfolio of your educational, training, volunteer, and/or professional experiences.
The insight and courage of survivors can make them strong advocates for other survivors and their families and friends. We have also found that survivors who volunteer or intern at the Collins Center may need extra support. The topics we cover can be difficult for everyone, but can be especially challenging for those who have been assaulted. If you are a survivor, please be aware of the importance of self-care. The volunteer coordinator would be happy to talk with you in confidence if there are specific topics that you have concerns about. If you are working with a therapist or counselor, it may be a good idea to talk with him/her about volunteering or interning with the Collins Center. We want to ensure that your time with us is a positive and supportive experience.