Small Talk is currently accepting applications for Counseling Interns. All other positions have been filled until Summer 2022.
We will be accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2022 beginning in December 2021-January 2022.

Internships, Field Placements, and Practicum Experience 

We are grateful for the students who choose to further their education by joining our team at Small Talk. Students help us to further our mission to prevent and treat child abuse. Internship positions at Small Talk are filled on a rolling basis throughout the year, and on an as-needed basis by the agency. If you are interested in learning more, please read through this page to understand our process and the types of internships we offer. Please note, due to the confidential nature of our work, we are unable to accommodate requests to simply observe client interactions.

We host a diverse group of students with backgrounds from various academic disciplines and degree programs. Generally, internship positions are filled by students working to meet semester-long college and university degree requirements, such as internship, practicum, field education, etc. Based on the agency’s need, Small Talk may offer short-term internships including summer internship positions.

For information about non-academic, volunteer positions, email our development director. 

Intern Testimonials

Interning at Small Talk has truly expanded my knowledge and experience of how to support children and families who are victims of child abuse. It also has helped me connect with a great team of individuals who love and care for the clients we serve! I encourage anyone who is interested in this field to really choose to learn and grow with Small Talk. 

-Sue Nguyen, BASW Student, 2020-2021 year

I was an intern at Small Talk for eight months, and my experience was phenomenal. Going into an internship of any kind can be nerve-racking, but Small Talk did a great job at easing me into things and making sure I always had the support I needed. Everyone at Small Talk was extremely kind and included me in everything possible to gain as much experience as I could. My direct clinical supervision was provided by crisis counselor Mollie Delzeith and she was absolutely amazing. I could not have asked for a better supervisor! I would recommend Small Talk as an intern site to anyone interested in working with trauma in children, any day! 

-Emily Arnett, Counseling Graduate Student, 2020

Internship Descriptions

Small Talk currently offers internship positions in the following subject areas: Therapy, Counseling, and Crisis Counseling services, Victim Advocacy and Case Management services, Program Development, Research, Evaluation, and Client Support Services. 

Our students are typically pursuing their degrees in Counseling, Clinical Social Work (MSW), Social Work (Generalist MSW, BASW), MACRO/OCL Social Work (MSW), Psychology, and Criminal Justice. 

Master’s Level Counseling Internship 

Duration: Two Semesters
Hours: 16-25 hours per week
Master's level counseling interns provide trauma informed counseling services to assigned clients and maintain a small caseload. 

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Clinical Social Work Internship (MSW) 

Duration: Two Semesters (3 semesters if in Advanced Standing MSW program)
Hours: 16 hours/week
Clinical Social Work (MSW) interns provide trauma informed counseling services to assigned clients and maintain a small caseload. 

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Case Management/Victim Advocacy Internship

Duration: Two semesters is standard; can be variable based on agency need
Hours: 16 hours a week
Case Management/Victim Advocacy interns are pursuing MSW (Generalist/first year graduate program), BASW, Psychology, and Criminal Justice programs. They maintain a case management caseload by providing advocacy and resource assistance for Small Talk clients and caregivers. 

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