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Social Media Intern Position: SafePlace (Start Strong Austin)

This new and creative internship position is open to high school and college students with an interest in social activism and social media.

SafePlace exists to end sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. SafePlace’s Expect Respect Program promotes healthy teen relationships and prevents dating and sexual violence among youth. We are proud to be one of 11 communities nationwide participating in the National Start Strong Initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This initiative engages community partners, strengthens youth leadership and utilizes innovative media strategies to build healthy teen relationships. Visit us at


Do you have a love of blogging and social media? Do you want to use those skills to help spread the word about healthy relationships, and put an end to teen dating violence?

  • Spread the Word: Increase awareness of SafePlace and its Expect Respect Program as a resource for preventing dating and sexual violence among teens.
  • Share With your Friends: Help us grow our facebook                                            (  and twitter (, find fans and followers and create buzz!
  • Become a Blogger: Find content that relates to our mission and share it with the world. Create video blogs and written blogs to post weekly on the web. Check out our blog at


  • Enthusiasm and passion for the mission of SafePlace and goals of the Start Strong Austin initiative
  • Interest in social media, marketing, online campaigns, blogging, and PR, experience preferred
  • Organized, responsible, detail oriented, and dedicated
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office, web publishing tools, and internet research skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks under deadlines
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in written format with staff, media, and external partners.
  • Previous work experience preferred
  • Commitment to work 8-10 hours per week


Start Date: Immediately. Internship to continue for 3 months from hire date.
Location: Austin,.TX

Stipend: $150 per month.

If interested in applying, please submit cover letter and resume to:


Start Strong Austin is a collaboration of school and community partners working together to promote safe and healthy teen relationships and prevent teen dating abuse. Austin is one of 11 sites in the United States participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation‘s Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationship Initiative.  Through this community-wide effort we are engaging community partners, strengthening youth leadership and utilizing innovative media strategies to build healthy teen relationships.

Teen Dating Violence is a Serious Public Health problem: The National Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that one out of ten students has been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend. Teen dating violence increases teens’ risk for physical, emotional and mental health problems including drug and alcohol abuse, unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, depression and anxiety and dropping out of school.

Start Strong is committed to prevention: There is a strong connection between our overall health and how we live, work, learn and love. This four-year initiative is mobilizing entire communities to create environments for youth that teach, model and support healthy relationships and prevent violence before it starts.

Teens are taking a lead to end violence and abuse in dating relationships: Teens want to be part of the solution and Start Strong is empowering them with the knowledge and skills to lead efforts to prevent dating violence in their communities.