Internship Information

Here is a list of internship and volunteering opportunities with youth.

The Bridge for Youth

The Bridge for Youth is the only 24-hour runaway and homeless youth program in a residential setting in the metropolitan region. Unlike other providers in the community, The Bridge serves not only older homeless youth, but also young runaways, as well as families that are heading into the conflicts that result in youth running away from home. Finally, The Bridge provides aftercare support services to ensure that youth will not return to a condition of homelessness.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Bridge for Runaway Youth

  • Computer Lab/Resource Room Tutor
  • Independent Living Skills Specialist
  • Community Living Specialist
  • Cooking Tutor
  • Wellness Coach
  • Administrative Support

If you are interested in one of the above positions or if you have special skills to contribute to a different volunteer position, please contact: Shirley Carter, 612-377-8800

Internship Opportunities at The Bridge for Youth For undergraduate and graduate students, we have a number of available internship opportunities. We offer excellent training and supervision to help you gain counseling experience and achieve your educational goals. Learn the field of youth work inside out including counseling youth and families, leading groups and doing intakes.

For more information contact: The Bridge for Youth 1111 West 22nd Street Minneapolis, MN 55405 612-377-8800 info@bridgeforyouth.org. http://www.bridgeforyouth.org

Fraser - Special needs - Bright futures

A nonprofit organization, Fraser serves children and adults with special needs by providing comprehensive education, healthcare, and housing services. Some of the things they offer are:

  • diagnostic evaluations
  • individual and group therapy
  • physical, occupational, speech-language, and music therapy
  • child care and education for children with typical needs and special needs
  • housing for adults and children with developmental disabilities
  • workshops and seminars for parents, caregivers and professionals

Volunteer at Fraser Volunteering is fun and rewarding! You can volunteer individually or with a group — during the day, in the evening or on weekends — there’s an opportunity for everyone. Our volunteers:

  • Interact with Fraser clients
  • Share their skills or talent
  • Gain valuable experience in a diverse, inclusive environment
  • Help plan and run Fraser special events

Internship/Practicum Opportunities at Fraser Many opportunities exist for college and graduate students looking for an internship/practicum in social work, psychology or education at Fraser. The interns assist professional staff, such as psychologists, social workers and mental health practitioners, in working with children who have emotional and behavioral problems, autism and other special needs. Interns can receive college credit for their internship work or simply volunteer for the learning experience. All Fraser programs are year-round and internships can range from three months to a year.

For more information, visit their website: http://www.fraser.org/

TreeHouse - an outreach of Family Hope Services

TreeHouse is a faith based, non-profit organization offering hope and guidance to hurting teens, alumni, and parents during difficult times. TreeHouse serves over 1300 teens annually who are experiencing difficulties at home, in school, or in their communities. TreeHouse also has a program specifically for parents that provides support, education, family mediations, and retreats.

Volunteer with TreeHouse We have many different volunteer possibilities available that allow you to use your skills, talents, and gifts to serve the TreeHouse youth and staff that include:

  • Investing in the youth by volunteering on Program Nights
  • Assisting our main office with mailings and other projects
  • Helping with Home Improvement Projects
  • Coordinating a Donation Drive at your church or work place

Internship Opportunities at TreeHouse TreeHouse offers flexible part-time school-year internships that provide excellent experience for students interested in pursuing a future working with hurting and struggling youth and families. School-year internships are unpaid and are about 10-15 hours per week.

Summer internships at TreeHouse are full-time, paid, 12-week internships. A summer internship at TreeHouse is an extremely "hands-on" experience in working with teens and the TreeHouse teen program. As a summer intern, you will have the opportunity to connect with hurting teens in a one-on-one mentoring capacity. In addition, you will participate in weekly programs like Support Group and Going Deeper - having the opportunity to learn how to facilitate small groups and lead teaching for large groups. Summer interns participate in the full summer calendar at TreeHouse - including weekly activities like going to the beach or a baseball game, and trips such as the annual Youthworks! Mission Trip!

For further information contact:

Holly Dressel TreeHouse Recruiting & Training Coordinator TreeHouse 5666 Lincoln Dr Suite 201 Edina, MN 55436 952-238-1010 http://www.treehouseyouth.org/

The Lazarus Project - creating hope for children with autism

The Lazarus Project is a non-profit organization founded in 2003 by a group of parents of children with autism. The Lazarus Project is a primarily center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy facility providing individual intensive early intervention to children with autism using Verbal Behavior teaching techniques. The project’s goal is to help improve the language and learning skill of each child and to replace maladaptive behavior patterns with positive communication skills.

For more information contact:

3021 Harbor Lane N, Suite LL105 Plymouth, MN 55427 Phone -- (763) 519-1197 Fax ----- (763) 519-1198 info@lazarusprojectmn.org http://www.lazarusprojectmn.org/

Washburn Center for Children

With over 125 years as a non-profit agency serving children and families, Washburn Center for Children is the leader in helping children with social, emotional and behavioral problems and their families. All services are designed to develop skills, resolve problems and connect with resources to help the child be more successful at home, in school and in the community. Washburn Center for Children strives to integrate innovative research into program practice, implement meaningful evaluation methods and provide effective training and consultation for agency staff and community collaborators.

Washburn Undergraduate Internships and Master’s Level Practicum Opportunities Washburn Center for Children offers internship and practicum opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students who seek experience working with children and their families in therapeutic programs.

These programs are center-based, home-based and school-based and include individual, family and group treatment modalities.

Interns assist professional staff or provide supervised treatment and have many opportunities to learn about services in mental health for children and families. To enhance their training experience, interns may attend agency clinical in-services on children's mental health and case consultation meetings.

Washburn services include: diagnostic assessment, family therapy, individual therapy, psychological testing, parent counseling, therapeutic groups, home-based therapeutic services, case management, psychiatric services, and consultation with schools, day care centers and other agencies.

Washburn programs run year-round and internship and practicum opportunities can range from three months to a year.

Interested students should contact:

Jean Wilhide, Intern Program Coordinator 612-872-3341 internships@washburn.org

For more information: Main Office: 2430 Nicollet Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404 West Site: 5720 Smetana Drive Suite 310 Minnetonka, MN 55343 Northwest Site: 9100 85th Avenue North Suite 100 Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 Phone: 612-871-1454 Fax: 612-871-1505 http://www.washburn.org

PATH - Treatment Foster Care and Family-Based Services

PATH (Professional Association of Treatment Homes) is a nonprofit organization focused on providing a more personalized approach to foster care for children and youth with special emotional, behavioral and medical needs. More specifically, the organization:

  • Delivers culturally competent family and home-based treatment and transition opportunities to children and families
  • Provides highly effective leadership as an educational, advocacy and support resource, preparing parents and families to best nurture children
  • Leads the child welfare field in the use of family as the core therapeutic environment

Volunteer/Intern PATH recruits interns to provide support and consultation for its diversity initiative. Interns have made beneficial connections with diverse communities, including Hmong, Ghanaian, and Somalia groups, attended diversity conferences, conducted diversity trainings for staff, and participated in the PATH Diversity Advisory Council.

For more information contact:

Gerry Kegler, Human Resources Director 2021 East Hennepin Avenue Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55413-1769 (612) 259-1600 (612) 259-1689 fax E-mail: info@pathinc.org http://www.pathinc.org/

Alliance for Catholic Education

Alliance for Catholic Education

ACE is a two-year service program offering college graduates the opportunity to serve as full-time teachers in under-resourced Catholic schools across the southern United States. The program prepares its teachers in an innovative Master of Education program at the University of Notre Dame ACE teachers spend two summers (June-July) studying in the Master of Education program at Notre Dame and two school years (August-May) teaching in under-resourced Catholic schools across the country. While teaching, participants live in small communities of 4-7 members and together share the many challenges and rewards of beginning teaching. ACE participants are encouraged to develop their own personal spirituality in the context of community, and to share with one another the journey of becoming committed Catholic school teachers.

As an ACE teacher, you may teach any subject in every level from 2nd grade through seniors in high school, though you will primarily teach core subject areas such as math, English, science, social studies, foreign language, or religion. ACE welcomes candidates from all academic disciplines, including education.

Religious affiliation is not a determinant for acceptance. Therefore, you need not be Catholic in order to apply and become an ACE teacher. Upon completion of the program, you will receive a cost-free Master of Education degree from Notre Dame.

ACE Office University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556-4617 P: (574) 631-7052 F: (574) 631-7939 ace@nd.edu http://ace.nd.edu/

Teach For America

Teach For America aims to end educational inequity—the reality that in our country where a child is born determines his or her educational outcomes and, in turn, life prospects. It is the national corps of recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Selected applicants attend summer training and then begin teaching in the fall.

You must have a Bachelor’s Degree (in anything), be a U.S. Citizen, and have a 2.50 minimum cumulative GPA. If you are interested in applying to Teach For America in 2010, please continue to explore our website.

In order to apply, applicants submit an online application by one of the deadlines on their website. Next, selected applicants participate in a 30-minute phone interview with a Teach For America representative. Then, the most promising applicants are invited to a final, day-long interview. Applications are non-binding.

For more information, contact a regional office found on their website, or contact the national office: Teach For America 315 West 36th Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10018 800-832-1230 212-279-2080 212-279-2081 fax

Interested applicants can contact the admissions office: admissions@teachforamerica.org. Online applications are found at https://www.teachforamerica.org

Crisis Connection

Crisis Connection is a non-profit mental health counseling agency providing telephone counseling services, specializing in crisis counseling, intervention and referral. They provide free hotlines to residents throughout the state of Minnesota. In addition they contract with professionals, EAPs, government and agencies to provide other levels of call support and phone counseling nationwide.

They are dedicated to helping people with personal and family problems and crises, through telephone counseling, but also through professional training and community education services. Services at Crisis Connection are offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are confidential and immediately accessible. Programs provided include: crisis hotline, men’s hotline, national suicide prevention hotline, the work line, community education program, teen education program, and after hours counseling service.

Crisis Connection offers internships for students at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Internships include researching for resources; individual supervision with a master’s level psychologist or social worker; volunteer telephone shifts; experience with a wide variety of callers, problems, and mental health issues; training in crisis intervention.

For more information, contact: Crisis Connection PO Box 23090 Richfield, MN 55423 http://www.crisis.org/

Liz Paine liz@crisis.org 612-852-2203