NVFS is committed to training and supporting the education, growth and development of future mental health, social services and nonprofit management professionals. As such, NVFS provides high-quality, structured, hands-on internships and service learning opportunities with regular supervision from qualified staff.
These bright and enthusiastic students are the future workforce and leadership of NVFS and other vital human services agencies, and it’s our responsibility and pleasure to invest in training and support. Students benefit from applying their classroom knowledge to “real life” situations. At the same time, NVFS is able to serve more clients and provide them with more intensive and individualized support.
Internships formally integrate academic study with practical experience and are designed to develop students’ professional skills in preparation for post-graduate careers. They are formal agreements between the agency and academic institution with specific requirements. Most internships require a minimum of 15-20 hours per week (about 300+ hours per semester) and many extend over a two-semester period.
Clinical Internships: NVFS offers a limited number of clinical internship placements for a master’s in counseling students and second year MSW clinical concentration students.
Non-Clinical Internships: A larger number of non-clinical internship placements are available for bachelor’s and master’s students from a variety of academic programs.
Service learning is a hands-on component of an undergraduate college course that is meant to enhance students’ understanding of the course content (also referred to as “learning by doing”). Service learning placements are one semester and have more loosely defined learning objects and range from as little as 20 to as many as 200 hours in a semester.
“I’ve sincerely enjoyed the time you’ve spent during the past couple of weeks. I know it’s not always easy or convenient to personally come to my home and work with me on various strategies to assist me in my time of need. Yet you gave so generously your time, knowledge, patience and expertise to assist and speak on my behalf at such a critical time in my life. Your dedication to devote so much time, and keep me informed of a plan of action, has truly helped ease a lot of my concerns as to how I was going to continue paying such high rent. For nearly two years, it had taken a toll on me – being so stressed and many sleepless nights. I am truly grateful for your support to overcome obstacles that I alone could not have done, to rebuild my dreams to find affordable housing and have stability in my life once again.”