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. Fall, Spring, and Summer practicums are available. Applications deadlines are:

• Fall: May 1
• Spring: October 1
• Summer: February 1st

Click here to see the full practicum description and application instructions

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.

We are now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Application deadline is March 1st. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Rhiannon Reaves at

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. 

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 session. Send questions to Krystle Sykes (

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 a small caseload (5-7 clients) of Family Support cases requiring more intensive community- or office-based case management.

We are now accepting applications for summer 2024 as well as the 2024-2025 school year. Application deadline is March 31, 2024. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to

Policy & Legislative Intern (master’s level)

The Policy and Legislative Intern works for the Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives and the Director of Providing Access Toward Hope and Healing (PATHH) and Family Support Services supporting both policy and legislative work as well advocacy and collaboration efforts of PATHH and its members.

Application deadline is August 5. For more information, reach out to Anette Milleville ( or Katy Irving (

View complete internship description


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