INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

At Genesis, we're always looking to collaborate with college students and recent university graduates. Real-life work experience provides interns with a competitive edge and resume-building, and in particular, Genesis Women’s Shelter's internship program offers a rich, immersive experience that will broaden the intern’s horizons while providing the opportunity to gain experience at a well-established nonprofit. Current internship opportunities are listed below.

ADVOCACY INTERN

FUND DEVELOPMENT INTERN

HOTLINE INTERN

STUDENT TEACHING INTERN

CLINICAL INTERN

Advocacy Intern

Supervisor: Director of Advocacy and Education
Program: Residential or Non-Residential Outreach Offices

Position Purpose:
The purpose of this internship is to gain experience, knowledge, and training in the domestic violence sector and to learn how a non-profit (specifically Domestic Violence) agency is run.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in advocacy training in areas of client services
  • Participate in cross training (childcare, front office, hotline, operations, etc.)
  • Learn about how non-profits function, especially in the Domestic Violence field
  • Shadow advocacy staff as appropriate
  • Work closely with the Director of Advocacy and Education and Residential and Non-Residential Advocates to assist various client needs
  • Completion of 20 hours of Privilege Training
  • Completion of Hotline or Non-Residential Front Office Training
  • Learn about daily operations of Residential and Non-Residential Campuses
  • Help supervisor with client Court Accompaniment (as scheduled)
  • Help Children’s program with Camp G (as needed)
  • Help with special advocacy department projects

Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a Bachelor or Masters level Social Work/Counseling/Humanities or related field Program with an internship requirement
    • It must be a class requirement that student seeks an internship
  • Ability to work 12-16 hours a week
    • Must have some weekday daytime availability
    • Must be able to attend weekly Advocate Huddle (meeting takes place every Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.)
    • Potentially evening and weekend availability
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) Preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written
  • Problem solving skills and ability to perform rush tasks.
  • Demonstrates experience with and sensitivity to varying cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, and attitudes.
  • Acceptance of agency philosophies regarding domestic violence, internal conflict resolutions, and how decisions are made
  • Eagerness to learn and desire to grow
  • Passion for working to end domestic violence
  • Enthusiasm and energy

HOW TO APPLY

*Now accepting applications for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021*

Please send resume and cover letter to Anna Fagan, assistant director of advocacy and education, at afagan@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Advocacy Internship Applicant.”

FUND DEVELOPMENT INTERN

Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is looking for a Fund Development intern eager to support our mission, gain valuable work experience and earn course credit. Members of the Fund Development team are responsible for securing the majority of the Genesis annual operating budget via special events, grant applications, general donations and community fundraisers. The wide breadth of tasks accomplished by this team offers exposure to a variety of different industries, skillsets, career opportunities, projects, audiences and objectives.

REQUIREMENTS
• Current university student or recent graduate
• Available 15-20 hours per week
• Self-starter passionate about women’s issues
• Strong desire to learn
• Flexible and team-oriented attitude

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Interface with volunteers and assist with organizational tasks
• Inventory in-kind donations, record of donor participation and prep pieces for distribution
• Help organize and execute events for corporate engagement and education
• Assist in the planning, preparation and execution of annual Genesis special events
• Train in donor database entry, maintenance and upkeep
• Additional duties as assigned to support the Fund Development team

CONTRIBUTION TO STUDENTS
• This internship is unpaid*
• Career exposure
• Industry education
• Task management skills
• Practice building relationships with clients and vendors
• Real-life work experience at highly-respected DFW nonprofit

Click here for a more detailed description of the Fund Development Intern Program.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send resume and cover letter to Amy Norton, senior director of fund and community development, at anorton@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Fund Development Internship Applicant.”

HOTLINE INTERN

To promote safety and empowerment of victims of domestic violence by providing hotline office support, including crisis intervention, and administrative office duties.

REQUIREMENTS
• Enrollment in a Bachelor or Masters level Social Work/Counseling/Humanities/or related field.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written.
• Problem solving skills and ability to perform rush tasks.
• Demonstrates experience with and sensitivity to varying cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, and attitudes.
• Acceptance of agency philosophies regarding domestic violence, internal conflict resolutions, and how decisions are made.
• 12-16 hours a week- Potentially Evenings and Weekends
• Completion of 20 hours of Privilege Training
• Completion of complete Hotline Training

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Perform hotline crisis intervention and assess caller’s needs over phone call. Determine whether caller is appropriate for shelter, and complete steps to help her arrive at the shelter. Develop safety plan with every caller.
• Establish referral relationships with other social service agencies in order to make proper referrals to other resources.
• Complete client intakes, including drug testing, reviewing documents with incoming clients, and familiarizing women with shelter policies. Complete client exit procedures, including getting rooms ready, cleaning, and restocking with toiletry items.
• Maintain accurate file records in electronic filing system Titanium Schedule.
• Attend training as necessary to maintain accurate and adequate knowledge in the field of domestic violence.
• Perform office duties, making sure all client forms and manuals are up-to-date, copies are made.
• Maintain accurate and timely documentation of client services and case notes in compliance with agency guidelines.
• Attend mandatory meetings:
- Supervision with Director of Residential Services – Bi-monthly
• Trainings as requested by supervisor

HOW TO APPLY
Please send resume and cover letter to Jordyn Lawson, director of residential services, at jlawson@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Hotline Internship Applicant.”

STUDENT TEACHING INTERNSHIP

The on-site school at Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support gives students who have been affected by domestic violence a safe place to learn and grow. Our summer program allows these students to continue their learning while they explore the world around them. The teaching internship at our school will give the student teacher a unique experience working in the classroom with this special population. In addition to delivering classroom instruction, the teaching intern will have the opportunity to develop instructional plans to meet the needs of a multi-level, multi-grade classroom. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend and facilitate student learning during field experiences.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work as a member of the teaching team to deliver lessons to children participating in the Summer Enrichment program.
  • Provide classroom management on campus and during off-site activities.
  • Develop a learning unit based on state curriculum standards and the school’s curriculum planning guide.
  • Learn about the effect domestic violence has on children, especially as it relates to their learning and behavior in the classroom.
  • Assist in the daily operation of the school and other children’s programs.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Intern should be a recent graduate or student with an education major/minor or part of a teacher certification program.
  • Must be able to devote 20-30 hours per week over a six to nine week period. Hours and duration can be adjusted based on program goals and learning goals of the intern.
  • Experience working with children is preferred.
  • Demonstrate experience with and sensitivity to varying values, attitudes, and backgrounds.
  • Acceptance of agency philosophies regarding domestic violence, internal conflict resolution, and how decisions are made.
  • Completion of a criminal background check.
  • Understand that this position is unpaid. Some meals, off-site transportation, and admission to field activities will be provided.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send cover letter and resume to cbusbey@genesisshelter.org.

CLINICAL INTERN

Direct Supervisor: A counselor who has worked at Genesis for at least one year. Their licensure could be LCSW, LMSW, LPC, or LPC-Associate.

Team Supervisor: Sr. Director of Clinical and Non-Residential Services

Program: Residential or Non-Residential Offices

Position Purpose:
The purpose of this internship is to gain experience, knowledge, and training in how to do counseling with women and children who have experienced domestic violence. This will include safety planning, providing domestic violence education, and trauma processing. You will learn how to create a safe place for clients, which will require self-reflection and insight-building for the intern.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide individual counseling for women (interns who have completed a play therapy course will be able to have child/adolescent clients), beginning on week 4.
  • Complete intakes, beginning on week 3.
  • Co-facilitate at least two groups.
  • Keep up-to-date records in our electronic system.
  • Follow Genesis Victim Advocacy Code of Ethics.
  • Complete 20 hours of training to be covered for the Privilege Law.
  • Complete counselor on-boarding training during your first 6 weeks.
  • Participate in weekly clinical staff meetings and trainings every Friday morning.
  • Meet with direct supervisor at least one hour each week.
  • Attend group supervision twice a month with Sr. Director or Assistant Director of Clinical Services.
  • Present a client case presentation at the beginning of the second semester of internship during clinical team meeting.
  • Complete weekly productivity reports and monthly stats.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Enrolled in an accredited graduate program for Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Enrolled in the Practicum Class.
  • Must be in your last two semesters of graduate school. (Advanced Standing MSW students will be considered.)
  • Already completed your short practicum placement.
  • Play therapy class experience preferred.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) required.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Work 16-20 hours per week, preferably over 4 days rather than 3.
  • Must work at least one evening (ending at 8:30 or 9:00 p.m.)
  • Must work Fridays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Work two concurrent semesters (at least 15 weeks long, each).
  • Complete 200-240 client contact hours over the course of two semesters.
  • During COVID, our interns are providing some client services from home. Therefore, it will be necessary that you have a secure internet connection and a device to conduct telehealth appointments.

HOW TO APPLY

*Spots for English speaking interns are now full until Summer 2022.

Please send resume and cover letter to Ruth Guerreiro, Sr. Director of Clinical and Non-Residential Services, at rguerreiro@genesisshelter.org using the subject line “Clinical Internship Applicant.” On your resume, please include your short practicum placement experience. In your cover letter, please include estimated start and end dates of your needed internship. If your school has requirements regarding licensure or work experience for your direct supervisor, please include those details in your email.