We are committed to providing valuable learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate student interns from multiple disciplines including: social work, mental health counseling, creative arts therapy, nursing, psychology, public health, as well as other human service professions.
Internships are available in programs such as PROS, Care Management, Suffolk County United Veterans, Special Projects, Education/Advocacy, HELPLINE, and administration. While students might request to intern in a specific program, the agency reserves the right to assign them to a program that best meets a student’s education and experience level.
Student assignments during the internship will vary and may include the following: assisting in completing intakes, leading groups, one-to-one counseling, answering the HELPLINE, planning events, advocacy, home visits, and attending appointments at the Department of Social Services.
Interns are required to complete an application, submit a resume, and interview with their potential field instructor/supervisor. If both are in agreement that the placement would be a good match, the student will be required to complete the same screening and orientation process through human resources as an employee. This requires the following mandatory screening process:
• Criminal background check and fingerprinting through the New York State Justice Center
• SEL Check (Staff Exclusion List) Website
• New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG: Medicaid Fraud Check)
• U.S National Sex Offender Database Public Website
• SAM (System for Award Management).
It is the policy of MHAW that all student interns be referred to us by their educational institutions.
Anne Marie Montijo LCSW
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives