Research Internship (Remote)

RAINN seeks research interns to support its Research & Evaluation Department in their efforts to inform and improve RAINN's services. Using anonymous data, our work traverses the National Sexual Assault Hotline and the Department of Defense Safe Helpline. Successful candidates would gain applied research experience and build expertise in the area of sexual violence and delivery of hotline services to victims.

General Responsibilities

To the extent possible, duties will be commensurate with interns' skills and individual professional development goals. Internship activities may include:

  • Conducting literature searches
  • Assisting in data quality assurance
  • Conducting recoding of open-ended qualitative data
  • Assisting with evaluation reports, graphics, and presentations
  • Contributing to training that will enhance the quality of evaluation data
  • Analyzing feedback from hotline users

Both undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in the area of sexual violence are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Pass a criminal background check (administered by RAINN)
  • Possess strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Completed at least one undergraduate statistics and/or research methods course OR possess relevant research experience 
  • Demonstrated passion for RAINN's mission
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel

Internship Requirements

This is a part-time, unpaid internship. Interns must be able to dedicate a minimum of 20 hours per week. Our team will work with students and universities to ensure college credit is given for the internship, if applicable.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled. 

How To Apply

Please submit the following materials through the application portal. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

(1) A cover letter stating:

  • Why you are interested in interning at RAINN.
  • A description of your research skills and experience. Please be sure to mention any statistical analysis/research methods training.
  • How many hours you are available per week as well as which days (if known).

(2) Your CV or resume.

If you have any questions or inquiries, you may contact our team at Please note that we will not be able to review applications sent via email at this time. Please submit all application materials to the application portal only. Thank you!

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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