MSV has two internship programs.
Year Long Internship (located in Atlanta)
MSV hosts a year-long internship for men in our local communities. Interns receive mentorship and training which prepares them for self reflection, taking leadership from women organizing to end male violence, and developing skills to take preventive action in their communities.
- complete MSV’s 24 week educational course,
- attend an MSV Engaging Men multi day training,
- become a trained Mercury discussion facilitator,
- work part time in the MSV office,
- and take on a mutually developed project during their tenure at MSV.
The Internship at MSV is designed to help you take action within your community. Men who have an interest in ending male violence against women, and who are committed to the well being of their community are invited to apply. Applications are due in Dec 1st and June 1st. Please contact Ulester Douglas for an application.
Six Month Internship (partially in Atlanta, mostly remotely)
MSV is hosting a leadership building internship for young men across the country. 15-20 young men will be selected for each cohort and will have an opportunity to:
- participate in a 4 day training and leadership retreat (in Atlanta)
- complete 6 months of online and distance training with your cohort
- participate in bi weekly support to receive mentoring
- will participate in raising funds for the next cohort
interns will have little to no out of pocket expenses, and accommodations will be made within MSV’s capacity to support interns who’s technological needs do not currently match with Mercury’s online interface.
Our first cohort will be held this summer.
“The most challenging thing about the internship was learning that I was contributing to the violence by doing nothing to change it,” said Bernard, who heard about the internship after Men Stopping Violence (MSV) brought its Because We Have Daughters® program to his church.
“I thought of myself as a child of the new millennium who didn’t have negative prejudices toward women,” said Leif. “The reality is that those beliefs are as present as ever and even the most enlightened of us is impacted. Those beliefs inundate our world and reach us through every aspect of our daily lives. Men holding other men accountable is one of the most powerful tools I have witnessed for combating domestic violence and it can be used in the fight against debasement of women in the media as well.”
David Asher Burke
“My involvement with MSV led me to the job I currently have,” said David. “I now conduct statewide trainings on the issue of batterers’ intervention and violence against women. I hope some of what I do at these trainings inspires.”
“My involvement with MSV has taught me that choice is the most powerful quality I possess,” said Langston, a coordinator of MSV’s Community Restoration Program. “I always have a choice – in how I respond when I’m driving in traffic and someone cuts me off, in how I deal with a colleague physically threatening me at work, my supervisor being verbally abusive during a performance review, or practicing self care when dealing with friends or women I am dating. MSV has taught me that I am 100 percent responsible for my response.”
Shyam K. Sriram
“In Islam, we believe that it is not about numbers; the ability to even save one life is very dear to our Maker,” said Shyam, a college instructor who used his work as coordinator of the newly established Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence as his internship community project. “I hope and pray that if I can either prevent a woman from ever being abused or stop the violence in a woman’s life, then I will feel content. Now, if that can be magnified and multiplied, then I feel like I will have a larger role to play.”
“I noticed that participants, even though they were trained as social workers, nurses to support patients and clients in crisis situations, appeared to be somewhat uncomfortable with this issue,” said Andre. “Also during the discussions, I heard participants … making excuses for the abusive individual – minimizing, blaming – to take emphasis off of what took place in the story.”