What the VSIP Offers Students
The VSIP’s foremost commitment is to the learning process of the intern. The VSIP staff are available to all interns to facilitate growth, assist in networking, and identify other resources pertinent to their internship experience. Workshops, seminars and conference opportunities are available to all VSIP interns. Regular intern meetings provide additional in-service training, debriefings, and peer support.
COVA’s Victim Services Internship Program (VSIP)
The VSIP Seeks to address issues related to service provision for marginalized/underrepresented crime victims. One barrier that continues to challenge the victim services field is the disparity between the high number of crime victims from marginalized/ underrepresented communities, compared to the low number of victim service professionals of similar backgrounds. Members of these communities may often be less trustful of the criminal legal system and therefore less likely to access available services. We believe that a person who has experienced the trauma of being a crime victim would be more trusting of and comfortable with-a victim advocate from a similar racial, ethnic or cultural background, while also developing a more diverse representation of service providers.
The ultimate goal of the VSIP is to help diverse student interns secure
employment in the field of victim services by equipping them with the skills to serve crime victims through advocacy, working knowledge of the criminal legal system, crisis intervention styles, awareness of community resources, and a variety of trauma-informed techniques. The intern experience, coupled with increased awareness in diverse populations benefit the student, the community, and the prospective employer.
*Please note that internship availability is contingent on our funding and therefore spots are limited. Thank you
- Nicky, COVA Human Trafficking Program, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Juddith, Sheridan Police Department, Colorado State University (Fort Collins)-Social Work
- Rusul, Aurora City Attorney’s Office, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Criminal Justice
- Amahirini, Rose Andom Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Cindy, YWCA, Colorado State University (Pueblo)-Social Work
- Debanhi, Aurora Police Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Diana, Safehouse Denver, Indiana Wesleyan University-Social Work
- Jocelyn, Family Tree, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Savannah 19th Judicial District Attorney, University of Northern Colorado-Psychology
- Skyler, Westminster Police Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Alissa, Pueblo Rape Crisis Services, Colorado State University, Pueblo-Psychology
- Ashley 18th Judicial District Attorney, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Criminology
- Diana, Ralston House Children’s Advocacy Center, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Hyun-Jung, Lakewood Police Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- LaKeitha, Aurora Police Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Lara, Latina Safehouse, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Human Services
- Natalie, Safehouse Denver, University of Denver-Social Work
- Nicole, A Woman’s Place, Newman University-Social Work
- Ana, Voces Unidas for Justice, University of Colorado (Colorado Springs)-Social Work
- Lisa, Westminster Police Department, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Social Work
- Max, Family Tree-House of Hope, University of Denver-Social Work
- Sidni, Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, University of Denver-Social Work
- Cassie, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State University (Fort Collins)-Psychology
- Nathan, 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, University of Dubuque-Criminal Justice/Psychology
- Dacia, Gateway Court Advocacy Program, Metropolitan State University of Denver-Human Services
- Macy, MADD, Criminal Justice, University of Northern Colorado
- Angel, Alternative Horizons, Fort Lewis College-Psychology
- Agnes, Aurora Police Department, University of Colorado at Denver-Criminal Justice/Program on Gender-based Violence
- Annie, Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, Regis University-Criminology
Fill out the application above.
Complete a VSIP Intern application (above)
● Submit a cover letter
● Submit a resume
● Agree to a release of information for a background check
* All internships are in person, if you would like to intern with a specific agency, we recommend you verify they are located within a reasonable proximity.
- Have an interest in advocating for crime victims
- Identify as a member of an underrepresented community
- Commit up to 20 hours per week at a host agency
- Commit to 9 -12 months
- Be enrolled in an accredited college or university for the duration of the internship
- Commit to maintain confidentiality with the highest level of integrity and respect for others
Examples of underrepresented communities include, but are not limited to, those
who are marginalized due to their race/ethnicity; gender identity; sexual orientation; age; socioeconomic status; physical ability; language; and/or immigration status.
* Please note: service providers who identify as male, regardless of other factors, are underrepresented in Victim Services. In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that “1 in 3 men experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime.” While according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12.7 % of victim advocates identify as male.
Background checks are completed by the VSIP. However sometimes, the host
agency will also conduct their own background check.
Criminal justice agency entities often have a more extensive process and likely
follow federal criteria. While marijuana possession and use are legal under Colorado state law, possession and use is a crime under federal law. Marijuana use or possession may prevent an applicant from being accepted as an intern in a criminal justice agency.
Fill out the application above.
- Complete a VSIP Host Agency application (above)
- Submit intern’s job description
- Submit agency’s equal employment opportunity statement
- Agree to a site visit with the VSIP staff to tour the facility and learn more about
the services provided
- Serve crime victims
- Be able to host an intern for 9-12 months
- Interns must be providing victims of crime direct services in some capacity
- The intern stipend allows students to dedicate more hours to meet agency needs
- Interns commit to work within their host agency for 9 -12 months
- The VSIP screens each intern candidate prior to referring them to assess the
best possible match for the intern and the agency
- Interns are provided with additional trainings
- Scholarship opportunities are available for the intern to attend the COVA
Conference and/or Basic Victim Assistance Academy