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 23, 2018: Deadline to apply for a bachelor level internship

November 30, 2018: Panel Interviews with Program Managers

January 11, 2019: New Intern Orientation

  • 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.

Click here to apply for a bachelor level internship

Current Internship Positions

LOCATION: New Directions Office, Oceanside

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

GENERAL FUNCTION: Assists with planned activities for young adult’s ages 18-25 years, including non-minor dependents and their children in a transitional housing setting.

QUALIFICATIONS: • Must be receiving school credit.
• Must be able to be associated with Casa de Amparo through Community Care Licensing (CCL), which typically includes clearance by FBI, DOJ and CACI.
• Must be at least 21 years of age and possess maturity, good judgment and the ability to be a positive role model for young adult's ages 18-25 years old.
• Must have the ability to effectively set limits and function in crisis and high stress situations.
• Must be able to work as part of a team.
• English proficient; bilingual/bicultural preferred.
• Must have the physical ability to participate in activities and perform related physical skills.
• Ability to comply with all volunteer requirements including, but not limited to TB clearance, and drug screen.

MAJOR TASKS: 1. Provide care that is respectful of differing cultures and the norms that exist within various cultures.
2. Provide assistance to participants with resume preparation, job seeking, and school applications
3. Shadow the Advocate/Educator in their tasks to better understand the Advocate position.
4. Attend monthly group meetings.
5. Assist with the Fresh Rescue food delivery by organizing/stacking food on the food shelves.
6. Assist with making phone calls to current and potential participants.
7. Help with administrative tasks as needed such as filing, inputting data, prepare new intake packets.
8. Provide additional support as appropriate.

LOCATION: Casa Kids Campus, San Marcos

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

GENERAL FUNCTION: Assists with planned activities for children ages 12-17 years, including non-minor dependents and their children in a residential treatment setting.

QUALIFICATIONS: • Must be receiving school credit.
• Must be able to be associated with Casa de Amparo through Community Care Licensing (CCL), which typically includes clearance by FBI, DOJ and CACI.
• Must be at least 25 years of age and possess maturity, good judgment and the ability to be a positive role model for children.
• Must have the ability to effectively set limits and function in crisis and high stress situations. Must be able to work as part of a team.
• English proficient; bilingual/bicultural preferred.
• Must have the physical ability to participate in activities and perform related physical skills.

MAJOR TASKS: 1. Assist in assuring the safety of residents and their children.
2. Assist in organizing and providing enriching, age-appropriate activities for residents.
3. Assist residents during their daily schedule including, chores, meals, and recreation.
4. Provide care that is respectful of differing cultures and the norms that exist within various cultures.
5. Help with administrative tasks as needed.
6. Provide additional support as appropriate.

LOCATION: Casa Kids Campus, 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: Casa Kids Campus, 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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