Contact Branches 

Branches Domestic Violence Shelter 
P.O. Box 403 
Huntington, WV 25708 

Email: info@branchesdvs.org

Phone: 304-529-2382

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Branches is thrilled to announce the opening of our second emergency shelter. This shelter is located in Putnam County and will provide desperately needed additional services for victims fleeing domestic violence. Today is the culmination of many years of hard work by Branches staff, the Putnam County Stop team, community members, and volunteers who shared our vision and provided crucial aid and resources. 

Internships

Branches can offer unpaid internships in several key areas.  Internships can most often be designed to best suit the needs of the intern in terms of hours per week and how many weeks the internship will last. You can see the three main types of internships and their main duties below. 

If you are interested in learning more about our internship program, you can get more information by sending a letter of interest and resume to Sara Blevins, blevins@branchesdvs.org.  Please note which internship you are most interested in pursuing and how many hours you need to complete, as well as any relevant deadlines.   Ou Director of Development will reach out to you to set up an interview if your request is an appropriate internship with our agency. 

Development Intern--Event Planning

Description

We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. In this position, you will be expected to learn about our trauma-informed advocacy approach and our victim-centered brand messaging. You will focus on learning how our organization runs, and communicating our needs & mission to the community. You can expect to gain valuable insight that can further your skills in your chosen career field—even if that field is not non-profit management.

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in awareness event preparation and implementation

  • Assist in preparing press releases, social media posts, and external event communication

  • Assist in scheduling  and coordinating volunteers

  • Assist in acquiring event donors

  • Take notes and memos during planning meetings

  • Assist in preparing donor acknowledgements and in-kind donation reporting

  • Organize in-kind donations

  • Assist in event set-up and mapping

Intern Requirements and Qualifications

  • High school degree or equivalent

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Energetic and eager to tackle projects and ideas

Development Intern--Social Media 

Description

We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. In this position, you will be expected to learn about our trauma-informed advocacy approach and our victim-centered brand messaging. You will focus on learning how our organization runs, and communicating our needs & mission to the community via social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can expect to gain valuable experience into how social media furthers awareness and capacity for non-profit missions. 

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in finding appropriate social media content

  • Assist in creating domestic violence awareness social media content

  • Assist in promoting events, donation drives, or shelter needs via social media 

  • Assist in researching current social media trends 

  • Take notes and memos during planning meetings

  • Assist in preparing donor acknowledgements and in-kind donation reporting

  • Organize in-kind donations

  • Assist in social media planning for special events such as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 

Intern Requirements and Qualifications

  • High school degree or equivalent

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

  • Knowledge of Photoshop or similar applications preferred

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Energetic and eager to tackle projects and ideas

Shelter Advocate Intern

Description

We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. In this position, you will be expected to learn about our trauma-informed advocacy approach and our victim-centered best practices for working with victims. You will focus on learning how our organization runs, how to be an effective advocate. You can expect to gain valuable insight that can further your skills in your chosen career field—even if that field is not non-profit management. This is especially an ideal internship for an undergraduate social work, women's studies, or psychology students. 

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in answering hotline calls/office administration

  • Assist in in-kind donation sorting and organizing 

  • Assist in welcoming, on-boarding shelter volunteers

  • Assist in making copies, or other clerical needs

  • Assist in light cleaning of common areas

  • Prepare room for new residents

  • Organize and stock shelter supplies

Intern Requirements and Qualifications

  • High school degree or equivalent

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Energetic and eager to tackle projects and ideas

Court Advocate Intern

We are seeking an energetic, responsible intern to join Branches Domestic Violence Shelter. In this position, you will be expected to learn about our trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach to advocacy. You will gain valuable exposure to victim services within the courthouses and communicating availability of services. You can expect to gain valuable insight that can further your skills in your chosen career field—even if that field is not victim services.  This internship is ideal for undergraduate students in the fields of criminal justice, psychology, or social work. 

Intern Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in clerical duties associated with court advocacy:

    • Input Data entry

    • Organize paperwork

    • Scheduling 

  • Assist in preparing awareness of services available to survivors as they experience the system:

    • Create print and digital content focusing on awareness of services

    • Plan awareness events

    • Tabling community awareness events

 

Intern Requirements and Qualifications

  • High school degree or equivalent

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

  • Must be 18 years of age

  • Ability to pass a background check

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Energetic and eager to tackle projects and ideas