Intern with Alexandra House
Student interns at Alexandra House provide the critical services that our participants depend on. They also broaden the quality and scope of Alexandra House’s reach and allow us to offer additional services that would otherwise be difficult to provide. Interns will assist with the crisis line, complete intakes, go to court, file petitions, provide case management with the proper training and supervision, conduct one-on-one safety planning, assist with programming and activities for children, attend required trainings, and assist with other tasks to help support staff and participants.
Each year, Alexandra House hosts 2-4 interns in our shelter, legal advocacy, youth services, and hospital advocacy programs. We have a limited number of internship positions (fall and spring) available and we are not always able to find an opportunity that is a good match for some prospective interns. Alexandra House will only consider students who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at any Minnesota or out-of-state four-year college.
Alexandra House Direct Service Internship
- College students pursuing degrees in social work, human services, criminal justice, or other related fields.
- Minimum commitment of 250 internship hours
- Completion of Alexandra House’s mandatory 50-hour Advocate Training.
- Trainings are offered bi-annually in the Fall and Spring and are usually held during evenings and weekends. Contact your professor or internship coordinator to determine if this training may be counted towards your total number of required hours.
NOTE: Alexandra House may consider students with internship requirements of 200 hours in social work, human services, criminal justice, or other related fields – if the student has or will have obtained their 40-hour Sexual Assault Advocacy certificate prior to the start of their internship at Alexandra House. To find upcoming trainings, visit MNCASA.
Current Direct Services Internship Opportunity
Direct Services Internship: (Legal Advocate, Housing and Supportive Services Advocate, and Youth Services Advocate) provides support for victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
- The internship is an unpaid position, however, each intern will have the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience and gain valuable knowledge in the field. Interns may also receive academic credit through an approved program if granted by the college or university.
- Hours: Direct Services Intern is required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Alexandra House Non-Direct Service Internship
- College students pursuing degrees in public relations, communications, non-profit management, or other related fields
- Minimum of 10 hours per week
Current Non-Direct Services Internship Opportunity
Communications and Development Internship:
- The Communications/Development Internship would be a great opportunity for an individual hoping to pursue a career in communications, public relations, non-profit management, or public affairs
- Interns would work closely with a team of qualified communications and development professionals and learn the skills needed to excel in the non-profit sector
- The internship is an unpaid position however each intern will have the opportunity to acquire hands – on experience and gain valuable knowledge in the field. Interns may also receive academic credit through an approved program, if granted by the college or university
Frequently Asked Questions
In a typical year, we have two (2) Community Program positions available and one (1) Shelter position.
Alexandra House only considers applicants with minimum commitments of 250 internship hours or 15 hours per week.
- Fall semester – deadline is May 1
- Spring semester – deadline is November 15
- Qualified candidates will be contacted AFTER the deadline to schedule an interview.
Absolutely. To maintain the safety and security of our residents, staff, volunteers, and interns, a criminal background check is required. Alexandra House provides this at no charge to you!
Yes, however it can depend on the area you will be in. If you will be a Shelter Advocate intern or Legal Advocate intern, business casual attire is expected. If you will be a Youth Services Advocate intern, casual clothing is suitable.
- For Legal Advocate interns – No.
- For Youth Services Advocate interns – evenings, yes – weekends, no.
- For Shelter and/or On-Call Hospital Advocate interns, there are both evening and weekend shifts available.
Safety and security are top priorities at Alexandra House’s Emergency Shelter! We have security cameras, an extensive alarm system, secured entrances, as well as fully trained staff.
The first thing to do is to fill out an internship application. Submit the completed application, then forward the confirmation email (that you submitted your application) along with a copy of your current resume. You may submit these items electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the subject line, list Internship Candidate. After the deadline and review, an interview is scheduled where you may need to complete various forms (background check, confidentiality, motor vehicle insurance information, etc.). You must complete our 50-hour advocate training if selected for our internship program.