Internships at WOAR

Internships at WOAR for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

We provide undergraduate and graduate internship opportunities in our direct services department and educational department.

Undergraduate Internships

Internships are available to undergraduate students, who are either a Junior or Senior, in a Psychology, Social Work, Human Service, Criminal Justice or related undergraduate program.

WOAR only accepts students who are completing the internship as a school requirement.

An intern must complete the 40 hours of Sexual Assault Counselor training that is offered three times a year in the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Other training arrangements can be made if these dates do not match your semester. All internship candidates meeting the requirements will be contacted for an on-site interview. Paid internships are not available. A criminal background check and child abuse clearance must be submitted before starting your internship.

The responsibilities of an undergraduate intern are:

Direct Service 

  • Provide crisis counseling, information, and referrals to victim/survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, and significant others on our 24-hour hotline
  • Provide medical accompaniment at PSARC (Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center)
  • Provide court accompaniment at Philadelphia’s Family Court and Criminal Justice Center, with interview and approval of our Court Advocate


  • Complete all necessary paperwork and client documentation in a professional and timely manner
  • Data Entry and Filing
  • Work at the front desk assisting the Administrative Assistant, answering main office phone, filing, and greeting clients
  • Participate in individual supervision monthly
  • Complete special projects as assigned

If you are interested in an undergraduate internship, please email a letter of interest describing the requirements of your program, and your resume. Please email Christine Kannegiser, Clinical Manager, at with the subject line “Undergraduate Internship”.

Internships for Graduate Students

WOAR offers internships to graduate students in Psychology, Social Work or related Human Service program. 

The student must be in their final year of school and have completed coursework in Assessment & Diagnosis, Treatment Methods, Theories of Counseling/Therapy, Group Counseling, and be familiar with the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Health Disorders (DSM).

A graduate intern will receive extensive training on sexual assault, treatment issues, working with children, working with adults, and responding to crisis situations. This training occurs in September and is a mandatory part of our internship. A criminal background check, FBI clearance, and child abuse clearance are required before starting the internship.

The responsibilities of a graduate intern are:

  • Provide individual counseling to adults and children who have been sexually assaulted
  • Co-facilitate support groups
  • Answer the Hotline and provide medical accompaniment
  • Complete all necessary paperwork
  • Participate in weekly individual supervision

Please send your resume and cover letter to In the subject line, please put WOAR Grad Intern Application.

If you are interested in a graduate internship, please email a letter of interest, your resume and cover letter. Please email Christine Kannegiser, Clinical Manager, at with the subject line “Graduate Internship”.