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Master’s Level Internships for Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

2022-2023 academic year

Thank you for your interest in the Yale Child Study Center Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling internship program.

The Child Study Center accepts applications from students from accredited master’s level graduate programs in Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Applications are accepted from January 1 to March 1 for each academic year.

Available internships and application information are detailed below. This is a competitive process; please read carefully. Only completed applications that meet deadline requirements will be accepted.

Selected candidates will be expected to have some flexibility in their schedules to accommodate client scheduling including one to two evenings per week. No weekend (Saturday and Sunday) clinical hours are available for these internships.

All interns are also expected to be available for their selected program meetings which includes Grand Rounds, staff meetings, clinical supervision, and intern seminar.

Master’s level internships generally take place between September through April. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. Incoming interns should expect to attend onboarding and training in July of their internship year and two to three intern seminars during the summer months.

All candidates must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited MSW, MFT or MA/MS program
  • Be enrolled in second year or advanced standing of MSW, MFT or MA/MS program*
  • Be enrolled in a clinical academic track with good academic standing

*Limited first year placements available.

Interviews take place mid-January through mid-March. Final decisions about candidates are made by late March.

Internship track descriptions:

The Yale Child Study Center offers comprehensive master’s level internships in several tracks. These internships may not be available every year. No matter the program, each internship offers supervised clinical experience working with children, youth, and families.

  • IICAPS: Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service provides treatment for children with severe emotional disorders. IICAPS is a home-based, family-focused treatment program. Children appropriate for IICAPS are those who are discharged from psychiatric hospitals or residential treatment facilities, children in acute psychiatric crisis for whom hospitalization is being considered, or children for whom traditional outpatient treatment is insufficient to maintain them in the community. Access to reliable transportation is necessary for IICAPS as most client sessions occur in the client’s home.
  • Outpatient Services: Our outpatient services provide outpatient level of care for youth birth to 19 years of age, young adults, and parents (with a child under the age of 18). Clinical services include individual and family therapy, group therapy, clinically informed case management and close collaboration with schools and other community providers. We offer several outpatient placements each with a different focus. These include:
    • Outpatient Youth: Focused on clinical work with children under 18 and their families
    • Outpatient Adult: Focused on clinical work with parents
    • Outpatient Mixed: Focused on clinical work with both youth and parents

All second-year internships consist of a minimum of 21 hours per week commitment. The approximate breakdown of time commitment is as follows:

  • Direct Client Care: 6-8 hours per week
  • Collateral client care: 2-4 hours per week
  • Clinical Supervision: 2 individual hours per week (for IICAPS placement 1-hour IICAPS team supervision and 1-hour individual)
  • Rounds: 1 hour per week
  • Staff meeting: 1 hours per week
  • Intern seminar: 1 hour per week
  • Grand rounds: 1 hour per week
  • Documentation and team consultation: 4 hours per week

Additional information about internships:

  • All the internships listed above are unpaid.
  • Background checks including Department of Children and Families and Connecticut State Police or other state background check (as applicable) will be conducted for accepted candidates.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required for all home-based internships. Department of Motor Vehicle driving record check will be conducted for accepted candidates.
  • Mileage is reimbursed for home-based client appointments in the following internships.
  • Parking information. The Yale Child Study Center is located at 350 George Street, New Haven. Parking is available on the street using city meters or through Yale University at an average cost of $75/month.

To Apply

Students interested in applying for the master’s level internship at the Yale Child Study Center should submit a complete application and a resume by March 1 for the Fall internships. (Please note - later applications will only be accepted if there are open internship positions).