Under-graduate and graduate students receive hands-on training from experienced professionals in either clinical or macro-level work.
Over the past 10 years, NEDFYS has hosted master’s and bachelor’s level students from over a dozen colleges and universities. Our students come from various fields of study including social work, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, and mental health counseling. As an agency, we are committed to providing our students with a meaningful experience. Our professional staff includes experienced clinicians with both LCSW and LCPC licensure. Consequently, we are able to provide supervision that meets the accreditation requirements for most colleges and universities at the bachelor’s and master’s educational level.
Interns will work with licensed clinicians to provide a safe and supportive environment in which individuals and families can address their needs and improve self-regulation by tapping into strengths.
We specialize in interrupting cycles of violence. In order to effectively provide services, we proudly offer a police and social services partnership that has been so successful that it has served as a model for other communities. This way, police focus on public safety while NEDFYS addresses the community's mental health needs. Our interns work under the supervision of highly-trained crisis intervention specialists and therapists to help clients in crisis.
NEDFYS has satellite offices in the Addison, Bensenville, Itasca, and Glendale Heights police departments house satellite offices. Additionally, NEDFYS works closely with area schools and partner agencies to provide services in off-site locations that minimize service barriers, and provide much-needed resources to clients in diverse settings. In some cases, home-based services may be provided.
Students seeking macro-level work internships will work in the areas of communications, development, program administration, and policy advocacy. They will gain a broad exposure to the inner workings of a nonprofit organization. Interns will work closely with the Finance & Development Director, and meet as needed with the Executive and Associate Directors.
Responsibilities include assisting with various aspects of communications, including community outreach, social media campaigns, newsletters, annual reports, and website maintenance. Additionally, interns will collaborate with internal leadership and external sources to help develop revenue by planning events, engaging donors, and researching and writing grants. Interns may also help with program tasks such as data tracking and analysis, project coordination, and other duties as assigned. Interns must maintain a regular schedule, yet enjoy some flexibility as permitted, including partial remote work.