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. The deadline to apply for the fall practicum is May 1st.

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. This position is filled for the 2021-2022 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. Applications are open for Summer and Fall 2021. The Summer deadline is 5/3/21 and the Fall deadline is 8/6/21. Resumes should be sent to Stephanie Lawson ( 

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. Applications for the Summer internship are now being accepted. Send submissions to Katy Irving at

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. Applications are closed for the 2020-2021 school year.

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