DARCC strongly supports quality training of graduate and undergraduate interns. Interns are able to receive specialized training from experienced, professional staff in a supportive and safe environment. DARCC is committed to training future generations of advocates and clinicians in trauma-informed, victim-centered practices in order to best support those impacted by sexual abuse and assault in our community and beyond. DARCC works to ensure that each internship/practicum is a meaningful growth experience for our interns.

Please Note: ALL persons chosen to complete their internship/practicum at DARCC are required to:

  • attend DARCC Volunteer Training (individuals with previous experience and training in this area may have some training requirements waived)
  • pass a criminal background check. No criminal background of any kind will be accepted.
  • sign an agency confidentiality agreement.
  • have a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle or other reliable transportation.
  • have a valid email address and cell phone.

Types of activities offered to interns (* denotes activities available to clinical interns only):

  • Crisis advocacy and information/referral on the telephone and face to face at the hospital
  • Intake and initial assessment of DARCC clients*
  • Individual, couples and family therapy*
  • Facilitating psycho-educational support groups*
  • Advocating for clients in the criminal justice system
  • Program development, research for grant proposals, writing grant proposals
  • Researching protocols for outcome studies and quality assessment
  • Studying risk management concepts
  • Participate in organization and execution of outreach and awareness events
  • Develop and implement programming for Dallas area middle and high school age youth to address social justice and prevention of violence
  • Present educational programs to community groups
  • Other opportunities as designated to or suggested by the intern and approved by school and agency supervisor

Therapeutic/Clinical Internships

Clinical interns are accepted as space permits, and are available only to students enrolled in a graduate counseling program, or post-grad. Post-grad students must be seeking hours in their discipline.

Requirements specific to clinical interns:

  • must be covered under the insurance of their learning institution or provide their own liability insurance.
  • provide coverage for 2 shifts per month (hotline/hospital). Shifts include evening and weekend coverage.

If you are interested in a clinical internship, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at

Non-Clinical Internships

Non-clinical interns are accepted as space permits, and are available to students enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program. Non-clinical interns are currently required to have access to a personal laptop with wireless internet functionality. Interested applicants should be comfortable with: public speaking (both youth and adult groups), learning more about prevention & social justice, being resourceful, thinking on your feet, and being energetic, positive and upbeat while reframing a challenging topic.

If you are interested in a non-clinical internship, please send an email to