Summer 2021 Internship

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TN-Nashville | TN-Memphis
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Offers for our paid summer internship program are made on a rolling basis until all slots have been filled. Final deadline to apply is March 1, 2021 but spots are limited so we recommend applying as soon as possible. 


Please note: Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation. We will not be able to coordinate or connect out-of-town interns with housing this year due to COVID-19 precautions. 


Experience the kind of internship that will change lives....the lives of troubled youth and your own! Youth Villages' commitment to helping troubled children and their families find success spans more than 20 years and includes a comprehensive array of programs and services aimed at helpiong children and families live successfully. 


Youth Villages places interns each summer throughout our residential programs and group homes in Memphis and Nashville Tennessee. Interns serve as assistants to the treatment team for a specific group of youth referred for a variety of behavioral and mental health needs. Initial training will be provided on child development, trauma-informed care, and more before beginning work with our youth.


The internship is a 10-week, full-time, paid position running from June 1 - August 6, 2021. Interns must be able to commit to work for the duration of the summer. 


Opportunities are available for both bachelor's and master's level interns. 


The internship is a 40 hour/week position. Schedules will vary depending on residential program assignment, training, or other events. 

  • Bachelor's level interns in Memphis will work alongside our residential direct care and leadership staff on Monday - Friday from approximately 1pm – 9:30pm. Bachelor’s level interns in Nashville may have a more varied schedule, but will work no more than 40 hrs/week.
  • Master's level interns will work alongside our residential clinical staff on Monday - Friday from approximately 8:30am - 5pm. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting youth with the positive development and implementation of individual goals and objectives.
  • Attending cottage/courtyard planning meetings and treatment team meetings to convey relevant information to other staff members
  • Assisting in resolving conflicts with residents using problem solving techniques and role playing
  • Giving residents immediate feedback on appropriate and inappropriate behavior to be implemented on an as needed basis
  • Planning and leading recreational activities and participating or instructing youth in games.
  • Providing a positive role model to residents by participating in all activites to embody a healthy and wholesome approach to life, to develop a sense of community, and to maintain a clean and pleasant environment.
  • Facilitating ongoing group evaluations throughout the day for planned groups, activities and responsibilities.
  • Working with other staff and residents to develop and implement life skills groups
  • Responsible for maintaining a safe program environment through appropriate responses and attendance.
  • Adhering to treatment model and Re-Ed philosophy
  • Participating in weekly consultations with other interns and campus leadership
  • Master's level interns also assist with treatment planning and facilitating individual, group, and family therapy alongside licensed clinical staff. 



Pursuing Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in social services 

Must be at minimum entering junior year of undergrad program 

Experience working with at-risk youth and/or leadership experience is strongly preferred

Must be able to provide own housing & transportation in Memphis or Nashville, TN. 

Must be able to commit to work 10 weeks, 40 hrs/week for the assigned schedule 


Each year, we receive 500+ applications for the summer internship program. We appreciate your patience as you wait for a response. Each candidate will be notified of their status by phone or email regardless of the decision.


Youth Villages is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


Youth Villages is committed to not only advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace but also in our work with children and young adults. We know that children, families and young people of color can face inequity in child welfare and justice systems, and we train our employees to build the skills they need to work with the communities that we serve, as well as, other employees from different cultures and backgrounds. Youth Villages is opposed to racism in any of its forms and is committed to inclusion, equity, and diversity. We believe that respect for each other is crucial in the work that we do each day.


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