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- Policy Law Intern - Public Policy Internships, DC, USA

Policy Law Intern - Public Policy Internships

USA – Washington, DC

Description –  Position Overview:

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, y in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

RAINN offers internships year-round in our Washington, DC office.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis, with current priority on applicants for the fall 2017. Thank you for your interest in RAINN.

RAINN's policy department is accepting applications for a Policy Law Intern. Our policy department advocates for an improved criminal justice system in order to ensure that more rapists are incarcerated, and that victims of sexual violence obtain the justice they deserve. We monitor policies, legislation and regulations which impact victims of sexual violence. In addition, we work with Congress to promote laws dedicated to helping survivors of sexual assault. The Policy Law Intern can be a full or part time position, with the standard number of hours for the summer term set between 15-25 hours per week, and for the rest of the year between approximately 10-20 hours per week. Start and end times are flexible, depending on the law intern’s academic calendar and finals schedule.

Position Description

The Policy Law Intern provides essential legal research and fact gathering concerning a wide range of sexual violence issues. The Law Intern will also be expected to draft materials as needed, including memoranda and one-page summaries, and may be asked to review and analyze legislation, regulations, and other policy documents. The fields of law to which the Policy Law Intern will be most exposed include, but are not limited to, the following: constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and family law.

General Responsibilities:

  • Support and assist staff in legal and legislative research, with a specific focus on states' sexual violence laws
  • Provide the policy department with general legal research and relevant facts regarding sexual assault issues
  • Help drafting memorandum, policy statements, and letters to government officials as needed
  • Assist with administrative and data input tasks as needed
  • Assist in updating and establishing tools for disseminating policy resources, including database materials.


  • Current law student (required qualification)
  • Strong writing, research, analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in policy work
  • Demonstrated interest in the issue of sexual violence
  • Comfortable with legal research tools, including LexisNexis and Westlaw
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs, especially Excel and Word
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and a team-player attitude

How to apply:

Email cover letter and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Policy Law Intern Application” in the subject line. Position will remain posted until filled. No phone calls, please. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that RAINN is neither able to confirm receipt of an application, nor can we guarantee we will send notice to an applicant who was not chosen for a position.

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Posted on 20 October 2017
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