Spring 2019 Forced Marriage Initiative: Services and Policy Internship Falls Church, VA

Academic Credits





6402 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church
United States



Tahirih’s Forced Marriage Initiative (FMI) is a hybrid national services and policy program that strives to increase awareness about forced marriage in the United States and provide needed services to individuals at risk and survivors of forced marriage, as well as technical assistance to frontline advocates working on such cases. The FMI also administers a growing National Network to Prevent Forced Marriage, conducts extensive outreach and education to service providers, community advocates, government officials, and attorneys on the issue, and explores national policy solutions to this issue.



We are seeking one FMI intern to support our services activities and our policy initiatives, including our legislative reform campaign to end child marriage in the U.S. Interns may assist with monitoring news and national/international developments on the issue, organizing and hosting FMI related training and events, research and maintaining resources for service seekers, as well as assisting with administrative duties and providing general program support. As appropriate, FMI interns may also attend coalition or other advocacy meetings. The exact nature of the work that the intern would perform, and the level of responsibility the intern would be given, will reflect the level of education and experience of the intern, as well as the intern’s professional interests.



  •  Enrollment in a relevant undergraduate or graduate program
  •  Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, and a sharp attention to detail
  • A strong work ethic, including the ability to work independently as well as the discernment to seek further guidance as needed
  • Previous volunteer, intern, or work experience serving immigrant populations or survivors of gender based violence or trauma is preferred.

How To Apply



Tahirih’s Forced Marriage Initiative is currently accepting applications for Spring 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications received before December 2018. Please include a cover letter, short writing sample (1-3 pages, including an excerpt from a longer piece, is sufficient), resume, and a list of 3 references


Tahirih Justice Center is committed to equal opportunity and promotes equity and transparency as core values. Tahirih practices inclusiveness in decision making through the use of consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih does not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Applicants committed to equity from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities are encouraged to apply.