Bachelor’s Level Internships

Expectations of an intern:

  1. To adhere to the same rules, regulations, and standards as paid staff.
  2. To be prompt and reliable in reporting for duty.
  3. To work a set number of hours according to a mutually agreed upon schedule.
  4. To complete time sheets in order to keep an accurate record of hours served.
  5. To attend orientation and training sessions as provided.
  6. To treat the public as fellow workers honestly and politely at all times.
  7. To consult with CAC staff before assuming any new responsibilities.
  8. To protect confidential information and exercise good judgment.

Qualifications:

The Children’s Assessment Center offers Bachelor’s level internship opportunities for individuals completing various programs, including, but not limited to: Social Work, Child and Family Development, Criminal Justice, Business Administration. All interested applicants must have enthusiasm, a willingness to take initiative, and have the ability to adapt to various situations and locations within the office and out in the community. Bachelor’s level interns must know how to use Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Publisher) and currently be enrolled at a college or university.

Learning Opportunities:

As a bachelor level intern you will observe forensic interviews, KIDZ Have Rights body safety presentations, and other various appointments, as approved by staff. Other opportunities include, but are not limited to, co-leading presentations with our Community Advocate on child sexual abuse, the CAC, and internet safety, creating information guides on normal sexualized behaviors, body safety, FAQ’s, and common myths of child sexual abuse, researching any new information regarding all of the listed topics, as well as participating in information fairs and expos as they become available. Basic day to day tasks may include filing, data entry, and assisting our intake coordinator in the lobby.

For more information, or to apply for an internship, please contact Community Advocate, Misti DeVries, at mdevries@cac-kent.org or (616) 336-5164.

 

Master’s Level Internships

Expectations of an intern:

  1. Adhere to the same rules, regulations, and standards as paid staff.
  2. Be prompt and reliable in reporting for duty.
  3. Work a set number of hours according to a mutually agreed upon schedule.
  4. Complete time sheets in order to keep an accurate record of hours served.
  5. Attend orientation and training sessions as provided.
  6. Treat the public as fellow workers honestly and politely at all times.
  7. Protect confidential information and exercise good judgment.
  8. Assist in various roles such as front desk coverage, lobby assistance, etc.
  9. Assist with co-facilitation of group therapy and educational programs as appropriate.

Qualifications:

The Children’s Assessment Center offers Master’s level internship opportunities for individuals completing a graduate program in Counseling and Social Work. Individuals that are able to complete their internship over two academic semesters are preferred. We are not currently equipped to be able to take on Counseling Practicum students at this time and require that all interested applicants are at the Internship component of their respective graduate program. All interested applicants must have enthusiasm and a cooperative spirit to learn from and work with a variety of colleagues.

Learning Opportunities:

Interns receive training at the start of their internship experience to prepare them for taking on clinical responsibilities. As your skill level increases, so will the complexity of the cases to which you will be assigned.  Interns can expect that approximately 2/3 of their internship will be to provide direct clinical service.  Interns direct clinical hours increase with their training and experience and will not be assumed all at one time.

Please contact Lead Therapist, Ashley Jansma, with any questions related to qualifications, learning opportunities and intern responsibilities at (616) 336-5137. All interested applicants can submit a cover letter and resume to Lead Therapist Ashley Jansma at ajansma@cac-kent.org.