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College Student Internships
If you don’t see your area of study listed below but are still interested in an internship at The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County, do not worry. Almost all majors related to Health and Human Services could be eligible for an internship here at The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County. The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County offers internships for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. We have bachelor and master level internships. We require at least a 200-hour commitment for all interns. Schedules are flexible and based on the needs of the CAC and interns. Typically Interns work 2-3 days a week from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Please note that all internships are unpaid.
How to Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Majors for Internships
- Social Work
- Criminal Justice
- Family Studies
- Clinical Mental Health
- Clinical Psychology
- Family Community Services
- Behavioral Science
- Child and Family Development
- Other areas of study related to Health and Human Services Fields
- Development Intern: click here to learn more about the Development Intern Role.
Feedback from CAC Interns:
“The internship at the CAC has given me a great overview of how an advocacy center runs. I have learned a lot about their processes with cases that I did not learn in my classes at college. The employees are incredibly welcoming and are willing to answer any questions you may have. The interactions with the clients give you good experience with interacting with victims and making them feel comfortable in an environment they might not.” -2020 Fall Intern
What an Internship Looks Like...
The Child Advocacy Center works to give interns a wide range of experiences within their time at the center. This allows interns to develop a wider range of useful skills that they can take with them and use for their benefit regardless of where their path leads them. Interns shadow and work with each position at The Child Advocacy Center to understand how each staff member completes their piece which all comes together to form an effective CAC team. Each intern will be assigned a supervisor that they will report to weekly for at least a 30-minute supervision, but they will rotate between all the positions. Positions here at the CAC include: Family Advocate, Prevention Coordinator, Intake Coordinator, MDT Coordinator, Forensic Interviewer, Counselor, and SANE/SART Coordinator.
There are different tasks the interns will complete with each person. The Family Advocate has interns: discuss child welfare systems, input OMS surveys, prepare the living room for forensic interviews, compile resource packets, shadow family interactions, provide supervision for the children during forensic interviews, assist with follow up calls, and track/input relevant information. The Prevention Coordinator will have the intern watch personal safety awareness videos, make drafts for social media posts, complete darkness to light trainings, help teach the Personal Safety Awareness Program in Lapeer schools, and assist with the newsletter, events, and fundraising. The Intake Coordinator will show interns how they input client information into the database, teach them about the recording equipment, familiarize them with the client folders, and have them prepare the MDT observation room before the forensic interview.
When with the MDT coordinator interns will: watch a webinar about Multidisciplinary teams, discuss case review, learn about tracking data, and help create an infographic using statistics. When working with the Counselors the interns would: conduct appointment reminder calls, practice diagnosis, go through the TB-CBT training, enter case notes in the database, review case files, and watch ACE’s webinar. When with the SANE/SART Coordinator the intern will: watch a webinar about SANE/SART, tour the medical room, review client folders, and review a medical kit. The Forensic Interviewer will have interns: read the Michigan Forensic interviewing protocol, prepare the interview room, observe forensic interviews, and debrief with the team following forensic interviews. Through shadowing each staff member, The CAC hopes to give interns both a broad and specific overview of how a CAC works. The rotation schedule gives interns a chance to see how all these different positions come together to help stop child abuse.