Join Our Team


The Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS) offers opportunities for students to perform unpaid, credit-based internships, throughout the year. All positions are also available as externships and volunteer opportunities.

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.


Training Program Development Intern (pdf)

Internship duration: Spring Semester with the opportunity to extend (Part-time: 20 hours); college credit available.

Description: NVMS has been designing and delivering intensive skill-based workshops on collaborative practices since 1990. From mediation (one-on-one conflict resolution) to large-group facilitation and consensus-building, our workshops offer a wealth of practical training. NVMS offers over 30 different workshops on alternative dispute resolution, mediation, facilitation, and negotiation. Our training program provides learning opportunities to many organizations, both governmental and private, and thousands of individuals. As an intern, you will be gain first-hand experience using instructional design principles and processes to create effective conflict resolution training for a variety of audiences. You will have a chance to work with instructors from fields of conflict and peacebuilding, mediation, law, education, human resources, management, and organizational development.


  • Supporting the program through collaboration with NVMS colleagues and partner organizations.
  • Contributing to the creation of instructional materials (e.g. skill-based training on a variety of conflict resolution topics).
  • Supporting program manager in designing instructional strategies (i.e. activities, simulations, etc.) that will enhance the learning experience across various groups of trainees.
  • Daily administrative tasks such as: answering client phone and email inquiries printing and preparing materials for ongoing workshops.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or a master’s program.
  • Pursuing a degree in education, instructional design, education technology, conflict resolution or any related field.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator preferred, not required.
  • Experience working with the creation of educational materials.
  • Team player with excellent communications skills.
  • Strong passion for community engagement and conflict resolution.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume by November 16th to


Court Mediation Intern (pdf)

Internship duration: Spring Semester (Part-time: 20 hours); college credit available.

Description: NVMS holds contracts with local courts in Fairfax County, Loudon County, Arlington County, and the City of Falls Church to provide mediation services. Our mediators appear in each of these courts to mediate for plaintiffs and defendants who elect this option as an alternative to a traditional hearing. The court mediation process is free of charge for parties and is coordinated by NVMS. The Court Mediation Intern will support program implementation for all four contracts.


  • Assist with coordinating mediators for Fairfax Small Claims Court mediations each Friday.
  • Compile case files to be processed and submitted to the Virginia Supreme Court for payment and recordkeeping.
  • Track program results in NVMS database.
  • General office duties: filing, answering phones, organizing.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate, master’s or a law degree program.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Familiarity with Access database preferred.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Team player with excellent communications skills.
  • Strong passion for conflict resolution.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume by November 16th to



Communications Internship Description (pdf)

Internship duration: Spring Semester (Part-time: 20 hours); possibility for remote work; college credit available.

Description: The Communications Intern will work closely with Program Managers as well as the Executive Director to promote NVMS services. NVMS is seeking a highly creative, motivated and organized intern who is interested in contributing to a greater cause. The ideal candidate would support website content design, social media outreach as well as fundraising ideas.


  • Prepare content for social media outreach and marketing activities.
  • Update NVMS online presence through its website, email newsletters and social media tools.
  • Develop communication themes and messages.
  • Assist with developing marketing and fundraising ideas.


  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program of study.
  • Major or specialization in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Business or relevant field.
  • Strong written and communication skills.
  • Social media savvy.
  • Experience maintaining website content on WordPress platform.
  • Previous experience with marketing and or communications desired but not required.
  • Proficiency in the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator is a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills and great attention to detail.

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume by November 16th to


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