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.

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 CLpracticum@ChicagoCAC.org. Fall, Spring and Summer practicums are available. Applications deadlines are: Summer – February 1, 2018. Fall – May 1, 2018. Spring – October 1, 2018.

Policy and Education Intern (master’s level)

The Policy and Education intern position supports ChicagoCAC in a variety of capacities, including planning and execution of ChicagoCAC’s policy agenda, research and data collection related to policy and government affairs and support of our community education efforts related to child sexual abuse prevention and response.  View the complete description. Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To apply, email resume and cover letter to intern@chicagocac.org with “Policy and Education Intern” as the subject line. 

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. Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To apply, email resume and cover letter to intern@chicagocac.org with “Clinical Social Work/Counseling Intern” as the subject line.

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. Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To apply, email resume and cover letter to intern@chicagocac.org with “Family Advocacy Intern” as the subject line.

PATHH Intern (master’s level)

The PATHH Intern works with ChicagoCAC’s Program Manager, PATHH and Family Supports in maintaining the Centralized Wait List, including contacting families via phone to evaluate treatment needs and status. This will include performing Crisis Assessments with families as needed. The intern will also maintain small caseload (5-7 clients) of Family Support cases requiring more intensive community- or office-based case management.  View the complete description. Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year. To apply, email resume and cover letter to intern@chicagocac.org with “PATHH Intern” as the subject line. 

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.