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Public Policy Research Internship


The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at, and publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

Public Policy Activities

RAINN monitors and analyzes federal and state regulations and legislation relating to sexual assault. RAINN educates Members of Congress about issues of importance to rape victims and works collaboratively with allied organizations to advance an anti-sexual assault agenda. RAINN led a successful two-year effort to draft and secure passage of the DNA provisions of the "Justice for All Act of 2004," and maximizing the criminal justice use of DNA technology remains a top priority for RAINN.

Position Description

The Policy Research Intern will work under the supervision of RAINN's Policy Manager to help advance RAINN's anti-sexual assault policy agenda.

This is a part-time, unpaid, volunteer position, on-site at RAINN's offices in northwest Washington, DC.

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Excellent research skills
  • Commitment to and/or interest in law enforcement issues and victim advocacy
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate institution
To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to Rachel Gandell at

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