Internships, Practicums & Externships

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center offers internship and externship opportunities in many program areas. Undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing careers in social work, psychology or related fields are provided supervision and training in their respective fields by staff at ChicagoCAC and are able to participate in clinical trainings. Please note that all internships and externships are unpaid.

Donor Relations Intern (bachelor’s level) 

The Donor Relations intern will work in the External Affairs department performing and gaining experience in donor database management, donor relations, assisting with both small and large events, and developing logistics for cultivation events, while working closely with the Major Gifts Specialist and External Affairs team. View the complete description. Now seeking applicants for the 2017-2018 school year. To apply for this position, send your resume and cover letter to with “Donor Relations” as the subject.

Child Life Practicum (bachelor’s or master’s level)

This practicum is for students interested in pursuing a career in child life. Child life students provide a therapeutic environment that builds trust, relieves anxiety and ensures that children are in the most appropriate state emotionally to participate in their forensic interview or mental health appointment. View the complete description and application instructions. For this position only, submit resume, cover letter and questionnaire to Fall, Spring and Summer practicums are available. Applications deadlines are: Summer – February 1, 2017. Fall – May 1, 2017. Spring – October 1, 2017.

Clinical Social Work/Counseling Intern (master’s level)

The clinical social work/counseling intern works with the center’s Family Hope Center in providing individual and family therapy to sexually abused children by integrating therapy models and techniques. Interns complete thorough trauma assessments and provide trauma treatment to 5-9 families in individual/family therapy. View the complete description. This position is full for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Family Advocacy Intern (master’s level)

The family advocate intern provides advocacy, crisis intervention, and short-term case management services to child victims of sexual abuse and their families who are referred to the center. Interns conduct a thorough assessment of the child and the non-offending caregiver’s mental health and social functioning and make any referrals necessary to meet identified needs. View the complete description. This position is full for the 2017-2018 school year.

Education, Outreach & Prevention Intern (master’s level)

The Education, Outreach & Prevention (EOP) intern supports ChicagoCAC’s outreach activities, including planning and execution of internal/external educational events and trainings related to child sexual abuse prevention and response. View the complete description. This position is full for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Intensive Case Manager Intern (master’s level)

The Intensive Case Manager intern will provide comprehensive case management services to caregivers of child victims of sexual abuse. The primary goal of the Intensive Case Manager intern is to enhance problem solving and coping capacity of the client while linking and improving the systems that may support the family. View the complete description. This position is full for the 2017-2018 school year.

Psychology Externship (doctorate level)

Psychology externs complete thorough trauma assessments and provide trauma treatment to 7-9 families in individual/family therapy. Externs also conduct psychoeducational groups. View the complete description.

Applicants with previous clinical experience working with children and families are preferred. Bilingual (Spanish-English) students are strongly encouraged to apply. Students following ACEPT guidelines may begin submitting practicum applications Friday, February 3 at 9:00 a.m.

To apply, mail your vitae, cover letter, copy of your transcript, one writing sample and three letters of recommendation to:

Ana Nuñez, Psy.D.
Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
1240 S. Damen
Chicago, IL 60608

Two students will be selected. ChicagoCAC follows the ACEPT guidelines, but will also interview and accept students from non-participating training programs who place students prior to Match Day.