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    Internship Opportunities

    The Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS) offers opportunities for students to perform unpaid, credit-based internships throughout the year.

    Interns develop skills in mediation and conflict resolution, communication, client service, administration, case management, training design and delivery, marketing and non-profit management. Interns also have the opportunity to work closely with a dedicated group of staff, mediators, and trainers.

    Benefits of an NVMS Internship

    • The opportunity to fullfill all requirements for Virginia General District Court State Mediator Certification free of charge
      • Certification requirements: 3 day basic mediation training, 4 hour orientationto the Virginia judicial system; 2 observations OR 2 day Mediation Practicum training; 3 co-mediations, 5 hours and 1 written agreement
    • 2 additional days of training
    • Meet and collaborate with a large community of experienced ADR professionals


    2015 Internship Opportunities

    Training Program Internship - Izabela Solosi, training@nvms.us

    Description: Interns will work with the program manager and trainers to develop and deliver skill-based workshops and support the NVMS training program.


    • Plan NVMS Monday Night Forum presentations and other outreach/educational events
    • Conduct market research regarding new outlets for advertising the program
    • Develop print and website-based promotional materials for NVMS training services and training center rental
    • Collect Customer testimonials, enhance public relationships and customer follow-up
    • Answer client questions about training workshops and mediation certification
    • Support the program by managing daily tasks
    • Occasional travel may be necessary for public and networking events

    Special Qualifications:

    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
    • Experience with Adobe Suite, e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks (preferred)
    • Experience in managing websites (preferred)

    Deadline to apply:

    • Spring 2015: November 5th, 2015
    • Summer 2015: April 15th, 2015
    • Fall 2015: July 25th, 2015

    How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Izabela Solosi, training@nvms.us


    Court Program Internship - Sherri Smith, civilmediation@nvms.us

    Description:  The Court Mediation Intern will support Court Mediation Program Manager with all aspects of NVMS court mediation programs in Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church and Loudoun County General District Court. This includes on-site coordination, monthly reporting, database management, and help with special projects. Interns will also assist with  NVMS’s Restorative Justice program.


    • Coordinate Fairfax Small Claims Court mediations each Friday. 
    • Manage case files and enter new court mediation cases into Access and VA Supreme Court databases,
    • Prepare case paperwork for Fairfax and Arlington courts
    • Prepare Mentee Orientation binders as needed
    • Assist the Program Manager with monthly court reporting procedures, including preparing invoices to send to the VA Supreme Court


    • Strong verbal and written communications skills          
    • Familiarity with the workings of the Virginia Court System (preferred)
    • Interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • Ability to work independently, self-manage, and complete tasks within deadlines
    • Positive attitude and flexibility

    Deadline to apply:

    • Spring 2015: November 5th, 2015
    • Summer 2015: April 15th, 2015
    • Fall 2015: July 25th, 2015

    How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Sherri Smith, civilmediation@nvms.us 


    Note: Positions are "open until filled": Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and positions may be filled before the application deadline based on organizational needs.