Intern Onboarding

Welcome to The Avery Center Intern Program

Congratulations on being accepted as an intern! We thank you for your time completing the application, background check, and interview. You are a valued member of our team and we are so excited to work with you!

Please go through the following training materials to complete your onboarding process before your first day on-site. You can return to this page at any time to complete the process. The hours you contribute to your onboarding will count logged hours for your first week of service.

Intern Training Videos

Please watch the following videos in Training Series 1 and Training Series 2.


Training Series 1 covers all the introductory information you’ll need about The Avery Center, including our background and important organization policies. Plan to spend about 90 minutes on this section.

  1. History, Vision and Mission
  2. Foundational Concepts
  3. Scope of Work
  4. Employees and Contractors
  5. New Team Member Onboarding Overview
  6. Additional Conduct Policies


To ensure that this information is readily accessible to all who need it, each section includes a video training, an audio-only recording, and companion note sheets which can be downloaded from this page. The entire Training Series 1 is also available as a written transcript, which you may download here.


Training Series 2 covers information that applies to The Avery Center Job Training Program, much of which is also relevant to all our staff and interns. Plan to spend about 90 minutes on this section.

  1. From the Interview to the First Day
  2. First Day Orientation Pt 1
  3. First Day Orientation Pt 2
  4. The Program Structure
  5. The Program Math

Training Series 1: Video, Audio & Note Sheets

Section 1: Who We Are - History, Vision and Mission

Here you can see a historical timeline that captures historical milestones in the domestic anti-trafficking field and how The Avery Center’s growth to present day fits within the larger context.

Section 2: Foundational Concepts

In this section, we explore The Avery Center’s foundational concepts. These concepts are the basis upon which all company practices, research efforts, and service provision are built upon.

SECTION 3 – Scope of Work

While our organization has a Service arm and a Research arm, all of our engagement begins with intentional outreach. This outreach starts with training service providers, connecting with marginalized and vulnerable groups in our community, and social media.

Download the PowerPoint Note Sheet

SECTION 4 – Employees and Contractors

This section covers the information specific to paid employees and contractors at The Avery Center. We’ll look at how funding for jobs is allocated and reported, the different classifications of workers at The Avery Center, what an employment agreement looks like, the benefits of salaried employees, and the key components of an employee annual review.

SECTION 5 – New Team Member Onboarding Overview

This training video provides a brief overview of the basic components of onboarding a new team member. The topics discussed in this training apply broadly to board members, W4 and I9 workers, interns and volunteers, however there may be some variation between who the new team member reports to and the specific documents required to officially onboard with the organization.

SECTION 6 – Additional Conduct Policies

The Avery Center has a four-page attendance policy for the organization that outlines the types of absences, the number of days in a given year workers can have, and the procedures for requesting time off, notifying supervisors of absences, and limits of excessive absences.

Want a record of everything covered in Training Session 1? Download the written transcript:

Training Series 2: Video, Audio & Note Sheets

Section 1: From the Interview to the First Day

Section 2: First Day Orientation - Part 1

Section 3: First Day Orientation - Part 2

Section 4: The Program Structure

Section 5: The Program Math

Section 6: Cult Theory with Megan Lundstrom

Intern Handbook

Download the Intern Handbook PDF to learn about our history, mission & vision, services and volunteer opportunities, intern responsibilities, and more.

Log Your Time

In order to ensure successful completion of your internship and accompany credited hours, please submit your intern hours each week.

You may want to bookmark this link!

Explore Additional Resources

We've organized a a handful of useful, optional resources for you to explore.

Think of the personality tests like extra credit—if you can tell us what number you are on the Thinking Wavelength or what your Neris Type Explorer is, we'll better understand exactly where your personality and strengths are a fit in our organization.

Thinking Wavelength

Developed by The Patterson Center, this tool is about how we’re hard-wired in our thinking. It’s about how we relate to change, risk, and opportunity. Every person has a hard-wired “high-contribution zone”, and there’s no right or wrong answer here. It's all about finding out where you make your greatest contribution.

Are you a Grinder, Minder, Keeper, Finder, or Conceiver? Find out with the Thinking Wavelength »

Free Mental Health First Aid Training - required if working directly with survivors

Mental Health first aid is an evidence-based, public health training program that teaches participants the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges or crisis, what to do in an emergency, and where to turn for help. MHFA is implemented around the U.S. and the world. Research has shown that the training reduces stigma, enhances behavioral health literacy, and improves participants' behavioral health. Find a class that works for your schedule »

Neris Type Explorer - 16 Personalities Test

“It’s so incredible to finally be understood.” Take this personality test and get a “freakishly accurate” description of who you are and why you do things the way you do. Free personality test from 16 Personalities »

Deep Dive: Cult Theory of Pimp-Controlled Sex Trafficking

Stages of Change with Megan Lundstrom

Learn about the Victim Rights Act

The Victim Rights Act (VRA) in Colorado ensures that crime victims are treated with fairness, respect, dignity and that they are free from intimidation, harassment, and abuse. You can watch the video below from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice to familiarize yourself with the VRA, and visit their website to learn more.

Additional Anti-Trafficking Information

How Human Trafficking Happens, from the Polaris Project

Intervention curriculum

United States Department of Justice

Eyes can only see if they are open

Survivor Services