BWJP Summer 2023 Internship Program     

BWJP is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to addressing all issues related to gender-based violence. BWJP has seven centers, each offering specialized policy and practice initiatives to improve survivor safety. We strive to create systemic change and maintain a perspective that prioritizes the safety and well-being of marginalized communities.  

BWJP is currently seeking applications from current law school students for our Summer 2023 Internship Program. The program will run for 10 weeks from May 30, 2023, to August 4, 2023. These are fully remote unpaid positions. All interns will participate in training events and most if not all interns, will have opportunities to shadow staff members in internal and external-facing meetings.  

The following BWJP centers are seeking applications:  

  1. The National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit (NCPOFFC) 

NCPOFFC provides technical assistance and training on the full faith and credit provision of the Violence Against Women Act, issuance, service, and enforcement of protection orders, enforcement of federal and state firearm prohibitions as they relate to domestic violence, custody provisions in protection orders, and federal domestic violence and stalking crimes. 

NCPOFFC seeks a diverse group of current law students to participate in our program. Interns will be responsible for conducting research and policy analyses on a variety of topics including relevant federal and state statutes, protection order issuance, service, and enforcement, and the full faith and credit provision of VAWA. Interns will also assist in writing and editing NCPOFFC’s publications and other like resources.  

We prefer law students who have strong research and writing skills and a demonstrated interest in civil and criminal justice issues surrounding intimate partner violence, firearms and protection order enforcement. Completion of criminal law and constitutional law courses is preferred but not required.  

  1. The National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors (NDCCS) 

The National Defense Center for Criminalized Survivors, formerly known as the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, addresses the unique needs of victims of gender-based violence who have been criminalized as a result of their experiences of being abused.  

We provide specialized technical assistance, resources, and support for victims and their defense teams. Equally important, we train and build alliances among national, state-wide, and local organizations to improve justice for survivors everywhere. 

NDCCS is seeking a legal intern for the summer of 2023.  The legal intern’s duties will vary depending on organizational needs and the student’s interests and skills.  This ten-week internship will likely include legal research of recent court decisions and statutes affecting victims of battering charged with crimes and assisting the legal team with other various legal projects or tasks as otherwise assigned.   

We would prefer students with experience working in the areas of domestic violence and criminal defense.  The legal intern must have excellent writing skills. 

  1. The National Center on Legal Approaches to Prevent Family Violence (NCLAPFV) 

The National Center on Legal Approaches to Prevent Family Violence (NCLAPFV) promotes civil and criminal legal system practices that interrupt violence in families, improve survivors’ access to court and offer supports that prevent future violence. 

NCLAPFV seeks two rising 2L or 3L law students to assist with various legal and policy research, analysis and writing. The Center is currently focused on pretrial practices, prosecutorial diversion, alternatives to arrest, and access to justice, and seeks law student assistance in associated research and writing. The Center also supports the legislative and policy work of state and Tribal domestic violence coalitions and seeks law student assistance with state-level policy work around domestic violence.  

NCLAPFV disseminates its legal policy analyses to a wide audience around the country. For this reason, we seek highly motivated law students with strong research and writing skills.  A demonstrated interest in legal responses to gender-based violence and/or a commitment to social justice and public interest work preferred.  

  1. The National Center on Reimagining Coordinated Community Response (NCRCCR) 

NCRCCR is establishing approaches and support for centering survivor and culturally specific realities, for advocates and allied professionals to positively shift how systems interact with survivors and their communities. 

NCRCCR is seeking interns who are interested in learning about systemic reform and how to strategically assess systemic interventions, address poor outcomes for marginalized survivors and promote equitable responses for all survivors. The following are the legal interns’ responsibilities:  

  • Aid in the development of resource materials designed to help allied professionals, particularly relating to the Institutional Analysis methodology. 
  • Research, analyze, and synthesize sociological, health, community development and other models for effectively organizing a human-centered approach to systemic interventions. 
  • Participate in training events, meetings, and policy discussions. 
  • Assist in the writing and editing of newsletters, publications, and other resources.                          

Preferred qualifications include:  

  • Research and legal writing skills. 
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in the use of Lexis and other online legal search tools. 
  • Demonstrated interest in civil and criminal justice issues surrounding intimate partner violence and CCR. 
  • Ability to work with others and independently as needed. 
  • Strong organizational skills and detail oriented. 
  • Knowledge of intimate partner violence. Knowledge of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking is preferred, but not required. 
  • Completion of criminal law courses is preferred, but not required 


Applications should include a cover letter, resume and a writing sample that does not exceed 10 pages. In the cover letter, applicants must specify which center(s) they are applying to. The deadline to submit applications is February 17, 2023, and we will reach out to candidates who have been selected for an interview in February-March 2023. Applicants should e-mail their complete applications to Jeanne Larson, HR Manager at:  [email protected].  


The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Job incumbents may be required to perform other functions not specifically addressed in this job description.   

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