Internship Opportunities

BECOME AN INTERN!

The mission of Affirmations is to provide a welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities & expressions, and cultures can find support and unconditional acceptance, and where they can learn, grow, socialize and feel safe.

Currently, we accept intern applications for both graduate and undergraduate students. Internship placements with our counseling program is specific to the graduate students, while other program areas are open to undergraduate students. We know that the experiences our interns take with them have the ability to positively impact the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.

Mental Health Therapist Internship:

Interns would be working with the behavioral health team to gain clinical therapy experience working with LGBTQ+ clients. Weekly supervision by a licensed social worker (LMSW) will be provided either in a group or individual setting. Interns can have upwards of 8 clients on their caseload. The number of clients is dependent on how many hours a week the intern can work with their school schedule. Interns required to complete a minimum of 1 shift per week (3 or 4hr shifts available) at Affirmations’ volunteer desk unless the internship is fully remote (replacement activity negotiable).

– Length of internship: 1-2 semesters
– Level: Masters Level Internship (Advanced or 2nd year MSW only)
– Eligible Educational Programs: Social Work (MSW only), Counseling (only if supervision by licensed social workers is permitted by school)

Care Coordination Internship:

Interns work with the Behavioral Health team and other Programs staff to gain experience working directly with LGBTQ+ community members to address their needs related to housing, finances, health care, social well-being, and more. Care coordination is akin to case management. Weekly supervision will be provided either in a group or individual setting. Care Coordination interns will maintain a caseload based on capacity and client needs and will meet with those requesting care coordination services to understand and help address their identified needs in a collaborative and empowering manner. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 1 shift per week (3 or 4hr shifts available) at Affirmations’ volunteer desk unless the internship is fully remote (replacement activity negotiable).

– Length : 1-2 semesters
– Level: Associate, Bachelors, or Masters
– Eligible Educational Programs: Social Work (BSW & MSW)

Youth Program Internship:

Interns work with Programs staff to support youth programming at Affirmations including, but not limited to, the Youth Leadership and Development Program, Youth Drop-In (virtually or in-person), Mentorships, and/or Youth Advisory Council. Weekly supervision will be provided either in a group or individual setting. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 1 shift per week (3 or 4hr shifts available) at Affirmations’ volunteer desk unless the internship is fully remote (replacement activity negotiable).

– Length : 1-2 semesters
– Level: Associate, Bachelors, or Masters
– Eligible Educational Programs: Social Work (BSW & MSW)

Senior Programs Internship:

Interns work with Programs staff to support growing senior programming at Affirmations including social engagement activities and connections to resources. Weekly supervision will be provided either in a group or individual setting. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 1 shift per week (3 or 4hr shifts available) at Affirmations’ volunteer desk unless the internship is fully remote (replacement activity negotiable).

– Length : 1-2 semesters
– Level: Associate, Bachelors, or Masters
– Eligible Educational Programs: Social Work (BSW & MSW)

Public Health Internship:

Interns would be working with the COVID-19 vaccine team to gain experience in public health outreach and promotion work. Interns will receive experience with LGBTQ+ clients. Experience with public health, communications and interaction with public health education is preferred. The COVID-19 Vaccine Project interns will report to the Vaccine Outreach Coordinator. Duties will primarily include activities related to increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and facilitating community-based- informational outreach events for the LGBTQ+ community partners throughout the state of Michigan. In this role, the VOC will be responsible for facilitating vaccination and outreach events and maintaining relationships with community partners. This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals passionate about serving underserved communities.

– Length: 1-2 semesters (3 months or more)
– Level: Associate or Bachelors
– Eligible Educational Programs: Open to all degree programs, priority is given to Health Education, Public Health, and Social Work students

Grant Research/Writing Internship:

Looking for eager interns open to learning about the grants process and how to find funds (corporate, foundational, and governmental grants). Weekly meetings and goals with the grants manager. This 24-week program will culminate with writing a grant proposal for a specific project, in conjunction with another Affirmations department member.

– Length: Up to 6 months
– Level: Associate, Bachelors, or Masters

Social Media/Communications Internship:

For individuals who have experience working in the area of marketing, digital advertising, social media, communications, or development and are able to assist the communications department with day-to-day tasks like pitching news stories, creating digital content, assisting with third-party events, and strategizing social media deliverables. Must be able to intern at Affirmations for a period of at least three months and be enrolled in a bachelor-level program related to the field. Interns are required to complete a minimum of 1 shift per week (3 or 4hr shifts available) at Affirmations’ volunteer desk unless the internship is fully remote (replacement activity negotiable).

– Length: Up to 6 months
– Level: Associate, Bachelors, or Masters

Operational Internship:

This internship will focus on key components of running a building and maintaining appropriate inventory. This internship includes organization, consolidation, and project management. This internship may also assist with center use events during Pride month.

– Length: 2 to 3 months during the Summer
– Level: Associate or Bachelors

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