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Internships and Volunteering

Greetings Prospective Intern or Volunteer!

We are currently in search of volunteers who are willing to donate their time and their driving to transport clients to and from the main Mankato office on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Please see position description to find out more details. To apply, see Volunteer/Intern Application.

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2017 Internship Placements in the following areas:

  • Women's Program- Shelter
  • Sexual Violence Program Intern (Mankato)
  • Community Outreach- Blue Earth County (Mankato)
  • Community Outreach- Nicollet County (Mankato)
  • Community Outreach- Brown County (New Ulm)
  • Community Outreach- Sibley County (Gaylord/New Ulm)
  • Community Outreach- Waseca/Le Sueur County (Waseca)
  • Community Outreach- Faribault County (Blue Earth)
  • Community Outreach- Watonwan County (Saint James) 

The Committee Against Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CADA) would like to thank you for your interest in becoming a intern or volunteer.  You may have some knowledge of the organization and the volunteer and internship program; however, we would like to highlight some basic features about our organization and the internship process.

CADA is a non-profit organization committed to serving people who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.  Our commitment to serving these individuals is done through advocacy, crisis intervention, shelter, and social change. CADA is excited by your interest; our hope is to provide you with some education in ending domestic and sexual violence and to make this a valuable learning experience.

We place volunteers and interns in roles alongside advocates within the shelter setting where they will provide support to the women and children residing in shelter as well as assist advocates in answering crisis calls, setting up rooms, planning activities, etc. We also place volunteers and interns in roles alongside advocates that work in outreach offices where they will provide support to individuals and families residing in our communities.

Community outreach advocates, volunteers and interns provide guidance and support within the legal and medical settings, they facilitate support groups, community awareness events, and prevention education to schools, churches, businesses, etc. Our community outreach offices are located in Mankato, Waseca, New Ulm, St. James, Blue Earth, and Gaylord.

On this page, you will find our volunteer/internship applications and forms as well as descriptions of volunteer/internship positions.

Please carefully read over and fill out the application and submit it with a resume and cover letter.

  • Internship applicants must submit 3 goals they hope to accomplish during their internship, as well as any course requirements.

After you have completed and submitted your application, the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to let you know if we have a position available during the times you are available and to set up an interview. Please note that we place volunteers based on availability and the skills a potential volunteer brings to open positions. The interview process will take approximately 20-45 minutes. Criminal background checks will be completed at this time.

This process can take 2-4 weeks to complete and is necessary before starting your required training and your work as a volunteer/intern.

Some volunteer and internship positions require the completion of a 40 hour Sexual Assault Advocacy Certification training. We offer those here at CADA 4 times a year, usually in January, April, July, and October.

You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer at CADA, Inc.

If at any time, you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our Volunteer Coordinator by calling 507-625-8688 ext. 123 or emailing

Below you will find our internship/volunteer application and CADA Pets Foster Program application, as well as position descriptions.

Please read over all documents and submit applications along with required materials.

We also have opportunities for groups of volunteers to help CADA complete overdue projects such as property upkeep, organize donation rooms, and deep cleaning. Client contact for groups is limited to special projects.

CADA Pets Foster Program

Did you know that up to 40% of individuals and families in abusive relationships state that they will not leave the relationship because they do not want to leave their pets behind? The CADA Pets Foster Program's mission is to seek out safe homes and foster families for pets belonging to individuals and families seeking shelter at CADA. If you are interested in becoming a fosterer for the CADA Pets Program, please review the information below:


CADA Victim Services Offices

  • Blue Earth County - 507-625-8688
  • Brown County - 507-233-6663
  • Faribault County - 507-526-5275
  • Le Sueur County - 507-934-5583
  • Nicollet County - 507-934-5583
  • Sibley County - 507-233-6666
  • Waseca County - 507-835-7828
  • Watonwan County - 507-375-3040

    CADA's office hours are typically 
    8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through
    Friday. Occasionally an advocate
    may not be available during these 
    office hours. You may want to call
    ahead to confirm or schedule an