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The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) is seeking interns for the fall (September-December), spring (January-April), and summer semesters (May-August). Students with an interest in public service, violence against women issues, federal grant program administration, budget, finance, administration and government are encouraged to apply.

Interns at OVW are closely monitored in their work, progress and assigned substantive tasks, including, but not limited to, cataloguing an OVW resource library, assisting with the stakeholder database, tracking events in the field relevant to OVW, assisting with media outreach, preparing talking points, gathering news stories relevant to violence against women issues, and assisting senior management staff members.

Candidates must provide their own housing and have a clear understanding that this internship is on a volunteer, unpaid, basis. Students accepted for an internship may earn academic credit for working at OVW.

Who Can Apply

Applicants for internships must be United States citizens. Once selected, interns will be required to complete a security clearance process pursuant to Department of Justice policy. Interns will be supervised by a member of the Senior Management Team of their assigned Unit or other government employees.

Candidates for an internship with OVW include high school, undergraduate, graduate students, and those students who are pursuing a Doctorate degree.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and kept on file for six months. Please submit a resume and cover letter stating your interests to, including the semester for which you wish to be considered, the date you are available to start, and available working hours. 

 Application deadlines for consideration are: 

  • Fall applications are accepted through May 1
  • Spring applications are accepted through October 1 
  • Summer applications are accepted through March 1 each year 

Questions about OVW's internship program may be submitted to

The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. 


Updated December 16, 2022