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An internship opportunity at First Step is a pre-professional work experience that provides students, recent graduates, and those seeking to change careers with the opportunity to gain experience in a particular career field. For students, internships also supplement academic classes and, in most cases, earn college credit.
For recent graduates and individuals considering a career change an internship at First Step is a way to try a new job without making a permanent commitment. Think of it as a “test-drive”, a way to test the waters to gain "real-life" experience, and a way to decide on - or opt out - of the behavioral health field. If you're a recent graduate looking for some work experience or are interested in a career change, consider an internship to get an insider's view of our field. It will allow you to gain experience and to decide if this is something you really want to do.
Now for the logistics. Internships at First Step are typically unpaid. If you are a student or pursuing an internship for academic purposes it is important to check with your school and/or academic advisor before you take the position to determine if the work you will be doing will be accepted. Most academic institutions must also agree to supervise and evaluate the internship experience. In many cases there are school deadlines for applying for credit, so check soon with the appropriate department at your institution and of course remember to apply soon, internship positions are limited and are on a first come first serve basis.
It makes good sense to have a clear idea of what's expected from you and what you expect from First Step before you start the internship. Discuss the details and logistics with the internship coordinator before you start so the internship will be a positive experience for both you and the practice. Ask questions and be informed, we want this to be the best experience it can be for you. We also want you to be able to pursue a career knowing you completed an internship at First Step and having this be a catalyst for you getting the job you want.
Please note these minimum requirements for internship opportunities at First Step:
- Must be able to be invest 15+ hours per week.
- Must be willing to do a minimum of 150 hours or more total.
- No felonies or alcohol/drug related legal convictions within the last 5 years.
- Attendance is required as we depend on you for your internship commitment.
- Be willing to work hard and be reliable/dependable. Go above and beyond.
- If limited positions are available at the time you apply preference is given to those seeking professional licensure.