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Crimes Against Children Conference Internship

This intern will work within a multidisciplinary team environment and will report to the Senior Conference/External Affairs Specialist. Duties include independent project work related to the successful planning and execution of the agency’s premier annual training, the Crimes Against Children Conference. This position requires strong customer-service skills, written and verbal communication with Conference attendees and staff members. Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently are critical for this position.

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Family Advocate Internship

Student Internship Selection Criteria

  • Undergraduate candidates only.
  • Students should have completed coursework in human development, family studies, and other fields related to working with at-risk youth and adults.
  • Students should be able to care for children in the waiting areas while parents are in sessions.
  • Students should be able to facilitate play and arts and crafts activities with children in the waiting areas.
  • Students should be able to assist with special events for children.
  • Students should be able to assist with completing, scanning, and mailing Crime Victims Compensation Applications.
  • Students will be responsible for escorting clients to the appropriate waiting room.
  • Students should be willing to assist with clerical work.
  • Bilingual candidates will be given preference.
  • Students must pass criminal and CPS background checks.

Student Internship Requirements

  • Students must commit to one semester at DCAC and at least fifteen hours per week.
  • Students must commit to one hour of supervision a week.

How to Apply

To apply for a Family Advocate internship at DCAC, please email your resume to Mindy.

Please make sure to indicate the semester/date you plan to begin your internship, any experience you have working with children, and if you are fluent in Spanish.

Forensic Services Internship

  • Students should have completed coursework in criminal justice, social work and/or other fields related to working criminal and civil investigations, child abuse, or at risk youth.
  • Students will assist with answering the phone and scheduling of forensic interviews for law enforcement partners as needed.
  • Students will observe pre and post interview meetings with partners, and will attend case staffing meetings.
  • Students will observe forensic interviews with a member of DCAC’s Forensic Interview team from a separate location than observing partners.
  • Students will help interviewers prepare for court and will observe court testimony.
  • Students should be able to assist with completing, copying and scanning Forensic Interview documentation both for partners and for in-house data base record keeping.
  • Students will be responsible for assisting clients with DCAC Intake paperwork.
  • Students will assist other departments at DCAC as needed.
  • Students must pass criminal and CPS background checks.
  • Students will be given ample opportunity to learn about the forensic interview process, however it must be made clear that interns will not be allowed to conduct interviews with children.  They will be able to participate in role play opportunities with trained interviewers to develop interview skills. 

Student Internship Requirements

  • Students must commit to one semester at DCAC and at least fifteen hours per week.
  • Students must commit to one hour of supervision a week.

How to Apply

To apply for a Forensic Services Internship at DCAC, please email your resume to Jesse.

Please make sure to indicate the semester/date you plan to begin your internship, any experience you have working with children, and if you are fluent in Spanish.

Therapy Internship

Student Internship Selection Criteria

  • Students must be working toward a master’s degree or higher in counseling, social work, psychology, or other related field at an accredited university.
  • Students from CACREP approved or APA accredited programs, and those DCAC has a working relationship with will be given preference.
  • Eligible students should have completed a graduate level practicum type course in which actual counseling experience is provided to clients. Coursework in counseling theories, ethics, multicultural counseling, diagnosis, and group counseling are required prior to beginning an internship at DCAC. Coursework in statistics and/or research methods and assessment is preferred.
  • Students who have experience working with children and adolescents will be given preference. Students should also be comfortable facilitating directive therapy (e.g., TF-CBT, PCIT) as a primary mode of therapy. TF-CBT training and support will be provided. PCIT training and supervision is available.
  • Bilingual candidates will be given preference.

Student Internship Requirements

  • Students must commit to 2 semesters at DCAC (minimum 9 months).
  • Students must pass criminal and CPS background checks, as well as a drug screening.
  • Students must be available to see clients on Saturday (9-3 pm) or at least two evenings (until 8 pm) to accommodate the children’s and families’ schedules.
  • Students must be available Tuesdays 9 am - 12 pm for team meetings.
  • Masters students are required to spend 18 hours per week at DCAC during their internship (including Tuesday morning meetings); Doctoral students are required to spend 13 to 15 hours (including Tuesday morning meetings).
  • Students are required to participate in one hour per week of individual supervision with their assigned supervisor.
  • Students must be willing and able to see adults and children of all ages in individual, family, and group treatment. Students must be comfortable involving caregivers in treatment for all cases.
  • Students are required to work 3 full days at the beginning of the internship to meet training requirements.

How to Apply

To apply for a therapy internship at DCAC, please email your resume to Karen.

Children’s Program Internship

Student Internship Selection Criteria

  • Facilitate children’s programming which includes games and arts/crafts with the Children’s Case Manager.
  • Assist with special events with children in the waiting areas.
  • Escorting clients to the appropriate waiting areas.
  • Maintain a clean waiting area.
  • Provision of behavioral interventions, supervision, and nurturing environment for children visiting for a variety of reasons (e.g., crisis, forensic interview, therapy)
  • Assist with clerical work.
  • Other duties as assigned

Student Internship Requirements

  • Students should have completed coursework in child development, human development, family studies, and other fields related to working with at-risk youth and adults.
  • Bilingual candidates strongly preferred
  • Students must commit to one semester at DCAC and a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Students must pass criminal and CPS background checks.
  • The physical demands may include frequent walking, standing, sitting, and stooping. Occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds.
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Possible exposure to communicable disease. Occasional exposure to individuals with addiction problems, medical injuries and/or psychiatric disorders. Occasional exposure to angry or hostile children/youth and/or adults may occur.
  • In accordance with the team philosophy of the agency, it may be routinely required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed above. Individual must act in accordance with the agency’s mission statement and goals.
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    Individual should be creative, resourceful, detail-oriented, and flexible, possessing a positive attitude, tact, good judgment, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to work well as a team member with staff, community professionals, and volunteers.
  • Individual should ensure accuracy and confidentiality in all work.
  • Must demonstrate/live our organization’s core values: put the child first in all that we do, operate as a seamless team, work with a servant’s heart.

How to Apply

To apply for a therapy internship at DCAC, please email your resume to Becky.

Please make sure to indicate the semester/date you plan to begin your internship, any experience you have working with children and whether you are fluent in Spanish.