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We couldn’t succeed or provide the support that we do without the dedication of our staff, volunteers and interns.

We’ll provide all the training and education you need. And you’ll experience the emotional satisfaction that comes from knowing you’ve truly made a difference.


Volunteers are invaluable in the services & support ZCenter provides. 

All of the services we provide to survivors are dependent upon our amazing volunteers, and we are so excited you are interested in becoming a part of our ZCenter family. Our volunteers are provided with a forty-hour sexual assault training which prepares them for supporting survivors. Throughout your entire volunteer experience with us, we will be there to support you and give guidance whenever you need it.

Volunteer Opportunities:
There are many different ways to volunteer with ZCenter depending upon your skills and interests. Whether you want to be there for a survivor when they call in on the support line, or help the development team on creating events and fundraisers—there’s a place for you here. ZCenter volunteers are passionate and dedicated individuals who are looking to support survivors, as well as educate our community about prevention.


NEW VOLUNTEERS: Check here for upcoming volunteer training.

For more information and to get involved with a program that's a good fit for you, please contact us at  info@zcenter.org or call (847) 244-1187 or complete the form below & we will be in touch.


A well-rounded experience, allowing students to participate in a variety of aspects within our agency. 

We provide a well-rounded experience, allowing students to participate in a variety of aspects within our agency. Available summer, fall and spring. Completion of the 40-hour training will be necessary prior to your internship. To apply, please fill out this online application.


Completed from August to June of each year, applications for Master’s level students are accepted beginning in January until all internship positions are filled. MA intern applications will be accepted through mid-May. Flexibility to work at both the Skokie and Gurnee location is requested. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this online application.

"It is our duty to not forget about those who are in need of emotional help."

––Britney Naolhu, student volunteer

Read more about Britney’s volunteer experience here.

Below please find the application review cycle for prospective students:


  • Application Period 12/1-1/1
  • Interviews scheduled 1/1-1/15
  • Callbacks 1/15-1/31


  • Application Period 3/1 - 4/1
  • Interviews scheduled 3/15 - 3/31
  • Callbacks 4/1 - 4/15


  • Application Period 11/1-11/30
  • Interviews scheduled 12/1-12/15
  • Callbacks 1/1-1/15

All applications should include the following:
Cover Letter

You may contact us via telephone with additional questions at (847) 244-1187.


Check this page for all available job opportunities and instructions on how to apply.

Art Therapist

The Art Therapist is responsible for providing trauma-based, client-centered, individual counseling and/or support groups for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. This direct service will consist of crisis intervention, supportive counseling and group counseling services to child, adolescent, and adult survivors and services can be provided from both of our locations; Gurnee and in Skokie.

Those interested should send resumes and cover letters to Saira Khan at skhan@zcenter.org or call the office at 847 244-1187. The position is also on LinkedIn with additional details..

Advocacy Services Specialist

The Advocacy Services Specialist is responsible for understanding the medical and judicial process associated with sexual abuse and assault, and ensuring quality advocacy and crisis intervention services for Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center clients. This position will provide direct services to survivors of sexual violence, provide training and awareness to first responders and other agency partners, and work closely with our volunteers to ensure comprehensive care.

To apply please contact Tammy Burns, Director of Community Services, at tburns@zcenter.org.

Grants & Marketing Manager

The Grants and Marketing Manager requires a highly creative, well-written, and organized individual who will identify and secure grantor sources, coordinate logistics for submissions, and assist in implementing large-scale fundraising. This person will create and support the organization’s strategic marketing and development plans, especially through written and visual communications for fundraising and donor relations. This role will enable the organization to engage new audiences and will assist the Director of Development with projects and tasks to meet department goals. An understanding of the non-profit landscape in the greater Chicago area will be used to build development resources for Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center (ZCenter). The best candidate will be a comprehensive, strategic thinker with a “can do'' attitude and will adhere to and promote ZCenter’s mission and values.

To apply please contact Katrina M. Volkers, Director of Development, at kvolkers@zcenter.org.

"It is our duty to not forget about those who are in need of emotional help."
––Student Volunteer

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