Public Policy Internship (Remote)

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 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 intern's academic calendar and finals schedule.

Position Description

The Policy Intern provides essential research and fact gathering concerning a wide range of sexual violence issues. The Intern will also be expected to draft materials as needed, including memoranda and research papers, and may be asked to review policy documents. In addition, the intern will assist RAINN's Policy Team in their general work with Congressional offices.

General Responsibilities:

  • Support and assist staff in their correspondence with governmental agencies and Congressional offices;
  • Provide the policy department with general 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.
  • Track and monitor legislation in all 50 states.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student (required qualification); 
  • Strong writing, research, analytical and organizational skills; 
  • Strong interest in policy work; 
  • Demonstrated interest in the issue of sexual violence; 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Programs, especially Excel and Word; 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and a team-player attitude. 


Please attach the following materials at:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

When you work for RAINN, you're joining a team of experts and professionals who stand up for survivors of sexual violence every day. Your job is important--and so are you. RAINN will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. RAINN is committed to maximizing the diversity of its organization and depends on a diverse staff to carry out its mission, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.

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