Internship Opportunities

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General Information:

All internship applications must be submitted through this form. We accept interns for the fall, spring, and summer semesters and review submissions periodically. Please note that while the minimum requirement for most internships is one semester, the Field Engagement, Case Management, and Clinical Internships require at least two full semesters or a 10-month commitment.

 

CASA DC internships are unpaid, although school credit is available. We offer flexible hours and work in a hybrid setting. While the majority of our work is done remotely, there are opportunities for in-person work if desired. 

 

Expectations across all internship roles are as follows:

  • Maintain a high level of professionalism in the workplace (virtually and/or in-person)

  • Follow a consistent weekly working schedule 

  • Meet with the direct supervisor weekly to discuss action items and assignment/project progress

  • Complete projects and tasks in a timely manner

 

Why get involved with CASA DC? Help us to support court-involved youth in the District of Columbia. We recruit, train, and supervise community-based volunteers to support DC’s foster youth and juvenile justice-impacted youth. Our volunteers form mentor relationships with youth, assist youth with goal accomplishment and advocate for their best interests in Court. With the help of CASA volunteers, we seek to help mitigate the impact of childhood trauma and help systems-impacted youth thrive. 

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with someone, reach out to internships@casadc.org. Please note that phone calls will not be returned.

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Communications & Development Intern

Job Description:

The Communications & Development Intern will support our Chief of Staff in diverse communications, including drafting various communications, supporting grants, and an emphasis on social media management.

 

Responsibilities: 

● Create social media posts to generate excitement and engagement with the organization

● Support drafting ‘Bi-Weekly Scoop’ Newsletters and Blog Entries for the CASA DC website

● Research various topics to support grant writing

● Draft and edit grant writing

● Produce flyers, infographics, and other visual mediums 

● Assist with outreach to potential funders 

● Search for, screen, and identify potential grant opportunities 

● Place and organize grant opportunities in a database for the Chief of Staff 

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Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Program Intern

Job Description:

The PYA Intern will support the PYA Program Manager in the implementation and growth of the Preparing Youth for Adulthood (PYA) Program

 

Responsibilities:

  • Shadow/observe case management practices, including volunteer check-ins and court hearings

  • Research trends and best practices for transitioning-aged youth

  • Develop and create support materials for youth transitioning out of foster care

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website about the PYA Program

  • Attend and take notes during stakeholder meetings

  • Support outreach to external stakeholders and potential partners

  • Assist with the development and facilitation of program training and youth workshops

  • Track program training and in-service training of volunteers monthly

  • Track and generate reports on key program data and achievement metrics

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case​

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Family Reunification Intern

 

Job Description:

The Family Reunification Intern will assist the FTC/THRIVE Program Manager in the implementation and growth of the Family Reunification Court and THRIVE Programs. 

Responsibilities:

  • Shadow/observe case management practices, including volunteer check-ins and court hearings

  • Research trends and best practices for targeted populations

  • Develop and create support materials pertaining to academics, wellness, and family bonding

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website about the FTC/THRIVE Programs

  • Support outreach to external stakeholders and potential partners

  • Attend and take notes during stakeholder meetings

  • Assist with the development and facilitation of program training and youth workshops

  • Track program training and in-service training of volunteers monthly

  • Track and generate reports on key program data and achievement metrics

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case​

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EMPOWER Program Intern

 

Job Description:

​The EMPOWER Intern will support the EMPOWER Program Manager in the implementation and growth of the EMPOWER Program

 

Responsibilities:

  • Shadow/observe case management practices, including volunteer check-ins and court hearings

  • Research trends and best practices for youth who are suspected or confirmed survivors of human trafficking, sexual abuse, and other forms of sexual violence

  • Develop and create support materials for youth who are suspected or confirmed survivors of human trafficking, sexual abuse, and other forms of sexual violence

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website about the EMPOWER Program

  • Attend and take notes during stakeholder meetings

  • Support outreach to external stakeholders and potential partners

  • Assist with the development and facilitation of program training and youth workshops

  • Track program training and in-service training of volunteers monthly

  • Track and generate reports on key program data and achievement metrics

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case

                     

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Multi-Cultural Advocacy (MAP) Program Intern

 

Job Description:

​The MAP Intern will support the MAP Program Manager in the implementation and growth of the MAP Program

 

Responsibilities:

  • Shadow/observe case management practices, including volunteer check-ins and court hearings

  • Research trends and best practices for immigrant-origin youth, unaccompanied refugee minors, and culturally diverse youth

  • Develop and create support materials for immigrant-origin youth, unaccompanied refugee minors, and culturally diverse youth

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website about the MAP Program

  • Attend and take notes during stakeholder meetings

  • Support outreach to external stakeholders and potential partners

  • Assist with the development and facilitation of program training and youth workshops

  • Track program training and in-service training of volunteers monthly

  • Track and generate reports on key program data and achievement metrics

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case

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BRIDGES Program Intern

Job Description:

​The BRIDGES Intern will support the BRIDGES team in the implementation and growth of the BRIDGES Program

 

Responsibilities:

  • Shadow/observe case management practices, including volunteer check-ins and court hearings

  • Research trends and best practices in juvenile justice and child welfare

  • Develop and create support materials for youth involved in the juvenile justice system

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website about the BRIDGES Program

  • Attend and take notes during stakeholder meetings

  • Support outreach to external stakeholders and potential partners

  • Assist with the development and facilitation of program training and youth workshops

  • Track program training and in-service training of volunteers monthly

  • Track and generate reports on key program data and achievement metrics

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case

                     

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Program Management Intern

Job Description:

The Program Management Intern will support the Division Manager of Programs in the development, implementation, and growth of program-specific and organization-wide programs and initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and create support materials pertaining to education, well-being, life skills, and permanency

  • Research and plan for the next steps regarding best practices for training staff, developing resources, and program development

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website

  • Attend and take notes during stakeholder meetings

  • Support outreach to external stakeholders and potential partners

  • Assist with the development and facilitation of program training and youth workshops

  • Assist in the development of flyers and other communications

  • Assist in collecting data for grants, special events, and program activities

  • Track and generate reports on key program data and achievement metrics

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case

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Volunteer Management & Outreach Intern

Job Description:

The Volunteer Management & Outreach Intern will support the Volunteer Coordinator in the recruitment and training of volunteers.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development of flyers and other communications for volunteer recruitment/marketing

  • Attend in-person recruitment events

  • Support outreach to external stakeholders and potential partners

  • Support preparation and facilitation of pre-service training

  • Conduct volunteer interviews

  • Update and maintain the volunteer database

  • Attend and take notes during stakeholder meetings

  • Track and generate reports on key program data and achievement metrics

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case

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Field Engagement Intern

   **This internship requires at least a 10-month commitment and the intern must be at least 21 years of age. Graduate students, especially MSW and law students, would be the best fit for this role*

Job Description:

The Field Engagement Intern will focus on community engagement, specifically through serving as a CASA volunteer on high-need cases. Please indicate your program preferences on the application form.

Acting as a CASA volunteer will provide a very hands-on opportunity to connect with youth, families, service providers, and the community we serve. The pre-service volunteer training that you would complete is excellent preparation for this role. However, like all CASA volunteers, you will be provided with significant and ongoing support from your supervisor as well. You can use the experiences (with names and identifying information changes) for assignments such as process recordings and biopsychosocial. This will also provide a close-up view of advocacy and interaction with the court system.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a CASA volunteer for 1-3 youth

  • Meet with youth at least weekly for mentorship and advocacy

  • Communicate with the youth’s team regularly

  • Advocate for youth’s needs and connect them to resources as needed

  • Write court reports for court hearings in a timely manner

  • Meet with CASA Supervisor regularly to provide updates and discuss the case

  • Attend in-person outreach events

  • Participate in youth workshops and/or community groups

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website

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Case Management Intern

Job Description:

The Case Management Intern will carry a caseload of 4-12 cases within a specific program. Please indicate your program preferences on the application form. The Program Manager will serve as the Task Supervisor and in some cases, as the Field Supervisor as well.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage all cases confidentially

  • Ensure all case referrals are matched with a CASA volunteer in a timely manner; supervise all case referrals (attend hearings, file status reports, etc.) until a CASA volunteer is assigned

  • Make regular contact with all volunteers, especially prior to hearings, for updates on their activities and the preparation of the court reports

  • Consult on and edit CASA volunteer reports for hearings; ensure CASA reports are filed prior to each hearing and distributed to all parties

  • Attend all hearings (or ensure a stand-in) for assigned cases

  • Maintain accurate and confidential paper and electronic case files; provide weekly and monthly program numbers to program staff and supervisors

  • Ensure volunteers feel valued, appreciated and supported in their work as CASAs

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website

  • Local graduate students only: Serve as a CASA volunteer on a case

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Clinical Intern

**This internship is for second-year MSW students who will need to be supervised by LCSW*

Job Description:

The Clinical Intern will work with the Trauma Response Division to provide clinical services to clients.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage all clients confidentially and with a clinical and trauma-focused lens

  • Conducting biopsychosocial assessments and social histories

  • Developing and implementing treatment plans

  • Providing direct therapeutic services, particularly with alternative therapies such as art, music, and animal-assisted therapies for individuals, families, and groups

  • Facilitating group interventions, including those based on Girls Circle & Boys Council models

  • Implement support groups for vulnerable populations, including survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sex trafficking

  • Providing intervention and therapeutic services to victims/survivors of sexual violence, physical abuse, neglect, gun violence, and other crimes, and to secondary victims of crime

  • Identifying and resolving ethical issues

  • Contributing to a multidisciplinary treatment team

  • Documentation of all services provided to, or on behalf of, the client shall be recorded in the Salesforce record for each respective client

  • Demonstrate culturally competent service delivery in accordance with the NASW Standards for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice

  • Write blog posts to be posted to the CASA DC website

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