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2016-2017 Internship Opportunities

This internship opportunity will provide hours for Practicum and Internship in counseling or social work. The practice setting is a school based setting, but many of the skills that will be developed in this program could be useful in community or private practice settings. This opportunity is NOT solely for students in the school counseling track. CIS is seeking 10 full year interns and 10 one semester, spring, interns from the local graduate programs in social work or counseling to work under the guidance of CIS Site Coordinators (licensed social workers or counselors) in one of 15 public charter schools covering grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. The 10 full year interns will begin their service in August and commit to serve for 10 months and 675 hours. The 10 spring semester interns will being their service in January and commit to serve for 6 months and 450 hours. These hours will include both direct and indirect internship hours. Interns will work 24 hours a week, preferably three full days a week, accommodations for scheduling differences are on a case by case basis. The intern will be matched with their school setting based on availability and interest. CIS has schools ranging from early childhood to alternative high schools, we serve students from 3 years old to 23 years old.

Position Description

AmeriCorps interns will use the evidence based BASC-2 Behavioral and Emotional Screening (BESS) to assess the mental and behavioral health needs of 300 students in their assigned school. Together with the CIS Site Coordinator they will review the scoring as well as data showing which students are already presenting with disengagement and/or discipline problems. Interns will implement one of two evidence based strategies depending on the scoring results from the BASC-2 assessment. Students that score high in developmental social disorders and low in executive functioning will implement social skills groups. The social skills groups will consist of six students to eight students in a six session program. Interns will be provided an evidence-based program designed specifically for implementation in schools. They will tailor the sessions for each group based on the assessed need, choosing from these modules: Communication (2 units), Cooperation (3 units), Assertion (3 units),Responsibility (3 units),Empathy (2 units),Engagement (3 units) and Self-control (4 units). For students that score high in negative emotionality and low in resiliency on the BASC-2, interns will provide one on one counseling or small group counseling. The interns will work with at least 10 students each for 24 sessions over a six month period. Members will also be trained how to enter their service delivery in our online data system. They will also be required to keep case files up to date and in order. In addition, members will be available to assist the CIS Site Coordinator with resource acquisition tasks as determined by the Site Coordinator and assist in whole school events.

AmeriCorps Benefits

AmeriCorps interns who commit to the year long program will receive a living stipend of $5,000, paid out semi-monthly. Interns who commit to one semester will receive a living stipend of $2,500, paid out semi-monthly. In addition to the living stipend members are eligible for an education award. Education awards are based on the term of service and are equal to the maximum amount of the Pell Grant for that year. As of October 1, 2015 the education award amount for a year long intern is $2,200.00 and a semester internship is $1,527.78. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions, as well as to repay qualified student loans. It is also possible for members to have student loans deferred during their service term. In addition, the program may also pay as much as 100% of the interest that accrued on their qualified student loan during their service. The portion paid is determined by the type of service (full or part-time) and the length of the service period. AmeriCorps service also provides monthly professional development on topics relevant to social work, counseling, and life after AmeriCorps including resume building and grant writing. If you are interested in any of these opportunities please send an email of interest to Annie Bachrach, LCSW-BACS, Director of Student Services, at and apply here.

This information is current as of 12/07/2016.

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