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Intensive Program Internship

Open to graduate students interested in working with children and adolescents in a school setting, the Intensive Program Internship falls under the school-based team at Communities In Schools of Chicago and takes place over the course of an entire academic year (September — May/June).

Individuals pursuing advanced degrees in psychology, social work, counseling, expressive therapies, or a related field are encouraged to apply.

What You Will Do

Interns will:
  • Learn to conduct initial assessments (Strengths & Risks, Social-Emotional Academic Development, Questionnaire on Self-Regulation, Developmental Relationships)
  • Run individual and group sessions with a focus on social-emotional learning
  • Maintain accurate student files
  • Stay current with service data entries (using SIRP notes); and
  • Participate on various teams in the school setting, as assigned (for example, a Behavior Health Team or a Culture/Climate Team)
  • How to Apply

    For more information on the internship and application process, contact our field supervisor Paul Fagen at

    “It’s a challenging internship, but it’s made possible with good supports and resources from Communities In Schools of Chicago. I was given the chance to take ownership of this experience through choosing which group I wanted to run and building a caseload of students of all ages.”

    Stephanie Smith

    Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois – Chicago, Class of 2021

    For more details, browse our Intensive Program Internship brochure.

    Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.