Internship

Internship Opportunities

Casa de Amparo is excited to offer a variety of internship positions to help you as a student, gain valuable experience as you prepare for the future. Unpaid internships are available for students who are currently enrolled in a program whose field is related to the mission and purpose of Casa de Amparo.

Internship Requirements

  • An uninterrupted, 3 month minimum commitment and at least 8 hours per week.
  • Must be an enrolled student and be receiving credit for internship.
  • Must be able to pass a background check at the interns expense. The approximate cost is $96 and may be reimbursed after 60 hours AND 6 months of service.
These requirements do not apply for students who are interested in completing 20 hours or less within a semester. Instead, please complete the One-Time Event Volunteer Application.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR BACHELOR LEVEL CANDIDATES

November 10, 2017: Deadline to apply for a Bachelor Level Internship for spring 2018.

  • You will be required to attend a pannel interview with the program managers. No make up dates are scheduled at this time. Please check back soon for panel interview dates.
  • Orientation required. No make up dates are scheduled at this time. Please check back soon for orientation dates.

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Current Internship Positions

LOCATION:

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GENERAL FUNCTION:

QUALIFICATIONS: • Must be a senior at an accredited college or university in an assigned internship class or working for a professor

MAJOR TASKS: • Assist participants with creating resumes, searching for employment or enrolling in school.
• Tutor participants on work or school assignments.
• Attend monthly group meetings.
• Assist with general office work.
• Sit in on case management meetings.
• Assist with Feeding America food delivery.

LOCATION:

REPORTS TO:

GENERAL FUNCTION:

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Must possess maturity and good judgment.
• Must possess the ability to be a good role model for children 2-5 years.
• Must have physical ability to interact in group activities.
• Perform related physical skills, including, crouching, lifting 50 pounds, running, crawling on hands and knees, and walking up and down stairs.

MAJOR TASKS:
• Assist staff in offering an educationally sound program with developmentally appropriate curriculum and instruction.
• Assist staff in keeping the classroom clean and orderly.
• Assist staff in helping residents complete activities per the daily schedule.
• Document each child's daily experiences and behaviors in observation notes.
• Collaborate with staff to provide new and creative preschool activities.
• Participate in staff trainings.
• Assist staff with case management meetings.

LOCATION:

REPORTS TO:

GENERAL FUNCTION:

QUALIFICATIONS: • Possess maturity & good judgment.
• Ability to be a positive role model for children 6-18 years.
• Must have ambulatory, auditory and visual skills to observe and play with residents.
• Must have physical ability to interact in group activities.
• Perform related physical skills, including, crouching, lifting 50 pounds, running, crawling on hands and knees, and walking up and down stairs.

MAJOR TASKS: • Assist staff with day to day operation of shelter.
• Participate in Day Rehabilitation groups.
• Assist residents in completing independent living skills.
• Participate in community events/outings with residents and staff.
• Assist with case management duties.
• Participate in milieu treatment planning and implementation.
• Attend all required volunteer meetings and in-service as required.

LOCATION: Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos

REPORTS TO: Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator

GENERAL FUNCTION: This position will work with the communications team to support strategy and implementation by conducting research, developing content and participating in team brainstorms. The Social Media Coordinator will research PR contacts and industry trends on a regular basis, while also engaging in community management.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualifications include an interest or passion for social media, marketing and public relations. Candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills. The PR Coordinator Intern must work well independently, but be open to collaboration. Any candidate must be working toward or have completed a Bachelor’s Degree.

MAJOR TASKS: • Developing and updating media lists
• Conducting research to support social campaign concepts
• Supporting event communication by raising awareness through specific channels
• Researching influential media within local markets
• Publishing content on social channels
• Developing copy for emails, website and other marketing collateral, with a focus on social media
• Community management and monitoring social communities by interacting with target audiences and reporting key learnings and opportunities
• Archive print materials and transfer to digital copies

LOCATION: Counseling Center/Child Development Center

REPORTS TO: Clinical Coordinator

GENERAL FUNCTION:
Under the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator and/or a Licensed Therapist, this position will manage the mental health treatment of 2-4 children. Will direct all aspects of client’s individual, group, and family therapy, providing information, consultation, advocacy and collaborative treatment planning within the agency and in cooperation with outside agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Enrolled in master’s level study leading to MFT, SW, or LPCC licensure. Must have ambulatory, auditory, and visual skills to observe and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills, including but not limited to crouching, lifting 35 pounds and walking up and down stairs. Must have reliable transportation and flexible schedule. Federal Clearances -- FBI, DOJ and CACI are required for this position (all previous criminal convictions will be reported, even if "expunged"). If you have an active CCL exemption for all 3 clearances, you may be eligible for a clearance transfer. Casa de Amparo will not process exemptions for applicants.

MAJOR TASKS:
• Provide comprehensive clinical case management and appropriate therapies for assigned caseload.
• Assess client’s needs, strengths and level of functioning; establish a current psychosocial and needs assessment, and treatment plan.
• Provide individual therapy to each client weekly.
• Provide family therapy and parent education when approved and appropriate.
• Provide social skills therapy groups and engage in parenting class as co-facilitator as assigned.
• Assist with crisis assessment and behavioral interventions to support caretakers and teachers.
• Consult with Clinical Coordinator, Center Director, and licensed supervisor, re: assessment and treatment.
• Consult with outside sources, such as CWS workers, speech therapists, etc. when needed and appropriate.
• Consult with the client’s caretakers; accessing written progress notes and coordinating treatment with client’s daily needs.
• Consult with client’s teacher, and provide behavioral support for children in the milieu.
• Determine and complete CPS reports when necessary and appropriate.
• Complete all required documentation in a timely and orderly fashion.
• Maintain clinical records including but not limited to: clinical intakes,treatment plans, progress notes,special incident reports, documentation of outside mental health treatment,psychiatric notes, psychological evaluations, and contact sheets.
• Participate in weekly individual and group supervision.
• Attend weekly Case Review and Case Management meetings to discuss client’s progress and provide input for collaborative team treatment planning.
• Participate in and provide In-Service Training as assigned.
• Adhere to Casa De Amparo’s Code of Ethics, Policies & Procedures and Employee Handbook.
• Perform other relevant duties as related to this profession and assigned by supervisor.

LOCATION: Casa Kids Campus in San Marcos

REPORTS TO: Program Manager of Counseling Services

GENERAL FUNCTION: Under the supervision of the Program Manager and/or a Licensed Therapist, this position will manage the mental health treatment of 2-3 children and/or adolescents. Will direct all aspects of client’s individual, group, and family therapy, providing information, consultation, advocacy and collaborative treatment planning within the agency and in cooperation with outside agencies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Enrolled in master’s level study in social work leading to LCSW licensure, or other discipline leading to MFT licensure. Must have ambulatory, auditory, and visual skills to observe and interact in group activities and perform related physical skills, including but not limited to crouching, lifting 35 pounds and walking up and down stairs. Must have reliable transportation and flexible schedule. CPR/Pediatric 1st Aid certificate and Pro-Act training required.

Federal Clearances -- FBI, DOJ and CACI are required for this position (all previous criminal convictions will be reported, even if "expunged"). If you have an active CCL exemption for all 3 clearances, you may be eligible for a clearance transfer. Casa de Amparo will not process exemptions for applicants.

MAJOR TASKS: • Provide comprehensive clinical case management and appropriate therapies for assigned caseload within EPSDT guidelines.
• Assess client’s needs, strengths and level of functioning; establish a current psychosocial and needs assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan.
• Provide individual therapy to each client; as many as five sessions per week but no fewer than 2 sessions per week, based on need.
• Provide family therapy and parent education when approved and appropriate.
• Provide therapy groups and social skills classes as assigned.
• Assist with crisis assessment and behavioral interventions to support caretakers and school program.
• Consult with Clinical Manager, psychiatrist, and nurse, re: assessment and treatment.
• Consult with the client’s caretakers; accessing written progress notes and coordinating treatment with client’s daily needs.
• Consult with client’s teacher, at Mission Community School and in the community as needed, and maintain communication with Foster Youth Services.
• Consult with client’s outside psychotherapist, physician, etc. to assure non-duplication of treatment interventions.
• Establish and maintain weekly contact with client’s HHSA social worker regarding client’s progress, disposition/placement planning, medical needs and other services.
• Provide client advocacy and recommendations to others involved in client’s care.
• Assist the consulting psychiatrist in writing clinical reports for psychiatric and psychological assessments. Obtain and utilize such assessments in providing advocacy, treatment and disposition planning.
• Maintain clinical records including but not limited to: clinical intakes,treatment plans, progress notes,special incident reports, documentation of outside mental health treatment,psychiatric notes, psychological evaluations, contact sheets and discharge dispositions and EPSDT documentation.
• Participate in weekly individual and group supervision.
• Attend weekly Case Review and Case Management meetings to discuss client’s progress and provide input for collaborative team treatment planning.
• Attend weekly staff meetings.
• Participate in and provide In-Service Training as assigned.
• Adhere to Casa De Amparo’s Code of Ethics, Policies & Procedures and Employee Handbook.
• Provide EPSDT billable case management brokerage services as appropriate to accommodate daily needs of clients.
• Perform other relevant duties as related to this profession and assigned by supervisor.

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