SWC: Internship Opportunities

SWC offers three internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. The internships are tailored to the student’s needs and interests. All internships are unpaid.

Social Work

SWC offers internships for students pursing either a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) or a master's degree in social work (MSW).

BSW/MSW Direct Practice

A direct practice internship at SWC allows students to engage in with clients that have a developmental disability or have a dual diagnosis.

Opportunities include but are not limited to:

•    Enhancing social work skills and professional identity.
•    Being involved in case management.
•    Attending quarterly and annual reviews.
•    Assessing client strengths and limitations.
•    Analyzing client information and develop goals.
•    Engaging clients in active treatment.
•    Working closely with an interdisciplinary team.
•    Attending one hour of weekly supervision.
•    Advocating for clients.
•    Gaining self-awareness to eliminate personal biases.
 
MSW Macro Practice

A macro social work internship at SWC allows students to engage in various learning opportunities at the administrative level.

Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Reviewing and evaluating state and agency policies and regulations.
  • Engaging in professional development and training.
  • Implementing a project of choice.
  • Learning about different departments and administrative functions.
  • Reviewing and analyzing ethical dilemmas.
  • Participating in meetings, including behavior intervention.
  • Participating in quality improvement and quarterly and annual reviews.
  • Working closely with an interdisciplinary team.
  • Engaging in one-on-one or group interactions with clients.
  • Enhancing social work skills and professional identity.

Students in this internship are supervised by the director of social services.

Therapeutic Recreation

SWC offers internships for students pursing either a bachelor's or master’s degree in therapeutic recreation. 

This internship opportunity provides a rich experience for those interested in obtaining broad and foundational knowledge regarding the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of therapeutic day programming activities for adults diagnosed with a developmental disability or who have a dual diagnosis. SWC allows interns to work directly with clients during their internships and also provides students the opportunity to engage in various learning opportunities at the administrative level (if applicable).

Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Establishing individualized goals and objectives for self.
  • Applying and gaining a working knowledge of person-centered & strengths based approaches.
  • Establishing a lead role in completing recreational assessments, chart reviews, data collection and analysis, treatment planning/review, goal development, program implementation, report writing, and staff training.
  • Engaging as an active member of an interdisciplinary team and advocating for residents.
  • Collaborating with an array of therapeutic programs/services, including Music & Memory Program, music therapy, art therapy, animal-assisted therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and behavioral services.
  • Developing organizational and leadership skills by designing and completing an internship project (chosen by the intern).
  • Reviewing and evaluating state and agency policies and regulations.
  • Engaging in professional development and training.
  • Attending one hour of weekly supervision.

Students in this internship are supervised by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist. There are also three other positions on campus that are related to this field of which at least one holds their certification as well.

Psychology

SWC offers internships for students focused on the lifespan development; evaluation; and psychiatric, behavioral, active treatment of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and/or neurodevelopmental disorders. This internship opportunity provides a rich experience for those interested in obtaining broad and foundational knowledge regarding the assessment and treatment of those diagnosed with neurological, genetic, metabolic, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Establishing individualized goals and objectives for self.
  • Applying and gaining a comprehensive understanding of behavorism, 
  • Applying and gaining a working knowledge of person-centered interaction.
  • Establishing a lead role in completing behavioral assessments, chart reviews, data collection and analysis, treatment planning, report writing, and staff training.
  • Engaging as an active member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Collaborating with an array of therapeutic programs, including Music and Memory Program, neurological music therapy, play therapy, art therapy, recreational therapy, and pet therapy.
  • Preparing and presenting at psychiatric pharmacological treatment quarterly reviews and behavior intervention committee.
  • Formulating and analyzing the effectiveness of highly individualized, creative, and effective treatment plans.
  • Developing organizational and leadership skills by designing and completing an internship project (chosen by the intern).
  • Participating in didactics regarding various topics such as non-violent crisis prevention; the assessment and treatment of self-injurious behavior; legal/ethical issues related to this setting and population; and the assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Students in this internship are supervised by a licensed behavior treatment director.

 

To apply for one of these internships, contact:

Jolina Priesgen
Director of Social Services
262-878-6626
 

Last Revised: July 2, 2020