College Students
Internships

Under-graduate and graduate students receive hands-on training from experienced professionals in either clinical or macro-level work.

For over 10 years, NEDFYS has hosted master’s and bachelor’s level students from over a dozen colleges and universities.  Our interns 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 interns with a meaningful experience.  Our professional staff includes experienced clinicians with LCSW, LCPC, and LMFT licensure.  Consequently, we can provide supervision that meets most colleges and universities' accreditation requirements for bachelor's and master's students.

 

Macro-level/Administration Internships

Students seeking macro-level work internships will work in communications, development, program administration, and policy advocacy. They will gain broad exposure to the inner workings of a nonprofit organization. Interns will work closely with the Operations Director and meet as needed with the Executive Director and Clinical Director.

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.

 

Clinical Internships

Interns work with licensed clinicians to provide a safe and supportive environment in which individuals and families can address their mental health and counseling needs.  NEDFYS works closely with area schools, libraries, and other partner agencies to provide counseling and social services in off-site locations that minimize service barriers and provide much-needed resources to clients in diverse settings.  In some cases, we provide home-based services. 

Additionally, NEDFYS has satellite offices in the Addison, Bensenville, Bloomingdale, Itasca, and Glendale Heights police departments.  NEDFYS proudly partners with police departments to provide a variety of services including crisis intervention, domestic violence follow-up, case management, and counseling for individuals, families, and groups. This partnership allows police to focus on public safety while NEDFYS addresses the community's mental health needs.  NEDFYS has been successfully partnering with local police for over 30 years. 

On-Call and Crisis Intervention Responsibilities of Interns

All master’s level interns gain experience in crisis intervention work through the CCBYS crisis intervention program in conjunction with various police departments in DuPage County.  A training protocol is provided for all interns prior to being placed on the on-call schedule and “back-up” support is available at all times while interns are on-call.  Interns provide crisis intervention coverage either weekly (24 to 48-hour period) or on weekends. Crisis coverage begins at 6:00 a.m. and continues until 6:00 a.m. the following morning. Interns also provide on-call coverage for holidays (whether on weekends or weekdays), with coverage being rotated amongst the master’s level interns for the year.  

Scheduling

Interns will develop a weekly schedule based on their availability and the agency’s programming needs.  NEDFYS is able to provide a certain amount of flexibility to interns in developing their weekly schedules, however interns are required to have availability during normal business hours, as well as 1 -2 evenings per week, in order to meet the needs of our clients and maintain our services.