Internship applications

Application Process and Background Checks

Our unique setting as an independent 501(c)3 licensed child welfare agency, located within the Addison Police Department (as the Social Services provider), necessitates a more detailed application process than might otherwise apply to most internship positions.


Interested students may apply for internship positions by submitting a cover letter and resume. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview.  Part of the selection process involves two separate background checks, which include fingerprinting  (through DCFS and the Addison Police Department) to establish whether or not there are any former or current criminal, child abuse, or child neglect charges on file for the applicant.  Some criminal charges automatically disqualify applicants from consideration for internship positions.


Applicants are encouraged to disclose any history of criminal charges at the outset so that a determination may be made as to whether or not it is appropriate to continue in the application process.   Failure to disclose previous charges may result in a student starting an internship but not completing it.  In all cases, NEDFYS will follow the mandates necessary to maintain our setting inside the police department and our child welfare license.  


 Application Requirements

  • Police ride-along - with an Addison police officer as a way to familiarize interns with the community.  A ride-along can be scheduled at the intern and police department's convenience and should be completed within the first 30 days of the internship.

  • DCFS Mandated Reporter training – completed online and a copy of the certificate of successful completion placed in the personnel file.

  • Official Transcript from the last degree completed.  Must arrive sealed and can be sent directly to the NEDFYS Clinical Director.

  • Valid ID and proof of auto insurance.

  • Other personnel forms as required by the agency.​