Innocents at Risk Interns

Innocents at Risk Intern Program

Innocents at Risk offers engaging internships to undergraduate and graduate students on a rolling basis during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Prospective interns should have a passion for combating child trafficking coupled with the ability to work well individually and with others. Interns should be strong in skills such as writing, communications, computer programs, and using social media websites.

Innocents at Risk provides students with valuable work experiences essential to their development as young professionals. Interns are given the opportunity to attend meetings outside of the office with government and nongovernment officials and are offered a chance to take initiative, exercise creativity, and demonstrate leadership skills.

Interns are accepted from a range of majors including marketing, communications, public relations, etc. Responsibilities include but are not limited to writing weekly updates, drafting letters and emails, event planning, and monitoring social media websites.

How to Apply

If interested in making a difference and helping to fight child trafficking, please send your resume to

The internship program is based in the Georgetown portion of Washington, DC at 1101 30th Street, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20007. Public transportation is accessible.

Hours are flexible. Positions are unpaid.

Innocents at Risk Interns 2016

2016 Innocents at Risk Interns, Left to Right - Beatrice Alexander, Maria  Giuditta Borselli, Deborah Sigmund, Sophia Leon, Madison Bryson, Sophie Edbrooke

Left to Right – Beatrice Alexander, Maria
Giuditta Borselli, Deborah Sigmund, Sophia Leon, Madison Bryson, Sophie Edbrooke

Dear Deborah,

I am so sorry for this really late email, but things have been crazy since I got back to Italy. I am working as a peer mentor for American students going abroad for their freshman year, and I have had a very delicate case of a student who wanted to commit suicide. Fortunately, nothing happened, but it was a very stressful situation.

I just wanted to THANK YOU SO MUCH for the amazing opportunity you gave me. I will be forever grateful for all that I have learned and the beautiful people I have met. I hope everything is great with you and your family, and please, be in touch. I would love for you to be my guest if you ever come to Italy!

All the Best,
Maria Giuditta
Innocents at Risk Intern 2016

Innocents at Risk Interns 2015


Dear Deborah,

I hope you’re doing well!

I just wanted to thank you again for the wonderful opportunity of serving as one of your summer interns. The experience certainly opened my eyes to an important global issue that I will continue to research while working towards a career in diplomacy. Also, I learned a great deal about the inner workings of a nonprofit, which allowed me to understand different methods of advocacy and fundraising. Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed being a part of the imprint Innocents at Risk makes in the advocacy against human trafficking, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you in the future.

I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Camille Zoe Swinson

1af1afc6-cf07-4443-b4af-c38c1f667195Our team has been hard at work this week planning fundraisers, organizing the office and getting involved in the community! Some of the interns went to Tenley Whole Foods Monday and Tuesday and spoke with people. On Saturday Innocents at Risk will have an informational table at the Adams Morgan Farmer’s Market, please stop by, we’d love to talk to you! The address is below…
18th St NW & Columbia Rd NW Washington, DC 20050

You can also support us by visiting the following link..
Go Fund Me:

Intern Highlight: Austin Murray

2c8bb7d2-bfa8-4004-bd7f-ec7170dfc6bdMy name is Austin Murray and I am originally from Westborough, Massachusetts. I completed my undergraduate education at Clemson University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I then went on to earn my Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at Marymount University in Arlington Virginia. I previously interned at Innocents at Risk to advance my education, delve deeper into the field, and to help make a difference in peoples’ lives. As an intern, I helped raise awareness for human trafficking and child exploitation through social media outlets via updates and written responses to current issues and events. I also helped plan and organize events to raise money and publicity for this non-profit organization and their dedicated mission. Additionally, I conducted research on current and past legislation related to human trafficking and exploitation. Innocents at Risk is a wonderful organization that works tirelessly to combat the pervasive crime of human trafficking and I am exceptionally proud to have played a role in this team!

Interns Erin Doley, Hannah Richardson, and Louisa Zachmann at Whole Foods. Thank you Tenley Whole Foods for hosting us!

Interns Erin Doley, Hannah Richardson, and Louisa Zachmann at Whole Foods. Thank you Tenley Whole Foods for hosting us!

Intern Highlight: Camille Swinson

3f26024d-7d5a-4d13-8c1c-734098292c79My name is Camille Zoe Swinson! I’m a rising junior, majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish at Spelman College. Thus far, I have enjoyed my internship with Innocents at Risk. I’ve begun to learn about the Public Relations side of managing a nonprofit organization along with the ways in which human trafficking continues to affect communities within the United States. I will be able to use this knowledge and these skills to further my prospective career path in International Relations and Foreign Policy. I look forward to learning more about how human trafficking affects various regions in the international community economically and politically.

Thank you Camille for your hard work!

The past week has been very exciting! Some of the interns attended the McCain Institute for International Leadership Convention (pictured below) and we recently announced our Cocktails for a Cause event on July 22, we hope to see you there!


The Innocents at Risk team pictured with Ambassador Kurt Volker

Intern Highlight: Mary Loutsch

abeb0615-e645-406f-a67a-91528b8f5129Hi! My name is Mary Loutsch and I am a Media and Communications major at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Interning for Innocents at Risk has taught me a great deal about the horrible reality of child trafficking and how to prevent it. I’ve also had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge about the inner workings of a nonprofit organization. One of my favorite parts of my work this summer at Innocents at Risk has been the opportunity to befriend the other interns who come from differing backgrounds but all share the same passions I have for learning, educating, and making a difference. As a team my fellow interns and I help to plan fundraising events, create educational brochures, and combine our ideas to develop new ways to educate the public and ultimately, fight child trafficking.