Interning with Brighter Beginnings provides invaluable experience in the Social Work and Health Service fields.
BASW & MSW Internships
As a non-profit organization that provides support to children and families, our programs offer case management services, mental health services, life skills groups, and parent-child socialization groups. Brighter Beginnings is seeking BASW and MSW interns for our Teen Family Support, Mental Health, Early Head Start, Fatherhood, and Peer Leadership programs.
Teen Family Support (TFS): The Teen Family Support program offers support to pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children by providing comprehensive case management services. The program provides in-home services in order to more effectively partner with parents in optimizing their self-sufficiency, their prenatal and postpartum care, as well as a age appropriate development for ages 0-5. We partner with the parents to identify individual and family needs and then together research resources and programs that will assist them in developing the skills to become increasingly self-sufficient. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct intake assessments, develop individualized service plans, educate clients around prenatal and postpartum care, and conduct assessments to ensure child development.
Early Head Start (EHS): Early Head Start (EHS) is a community based program within Brighter Beginnings that provides services to low-income pregnant women and/or families with children ages 0 – 3 years of age. The program provides in-home services in order to more effectively partner with parents in optimizing child development by improving nutrition and health, exploring positive disciplinary techniques, and practicing activities to strengthen children’s curiosity and desire to learn. To reach these objectives we offer weekly home visits, bi-monthly family socializations, monthly parents’ meetings, intensive case management and access to our food and clothing donations room. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct intake assessments, develop individualized service plans, educate clients around prenatal and postpartum care, and conduct assessments to ensure age-appropriate development of children ages 0-3.
Mental Health Program: The Mental Health program offers individual and family therapy services for children and youth ages 0-21 as well as adults and families through Medi-Cal and adults on CalWorks. The Mental Health Program also offers an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health program to address the mental health needs of children under the age of 7. Interns will have the opportunity to engage clients of a variety of ages in individual therapy sessions (with family therapy as needed) by carrying their own caseload, complete assessments, and develop individualized treatment plans to address their mental health issues. Commonly addressed issues include issues of attachment and bonding, anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, depression, domestic violence and stressors related to poverty and community violence.
Fatherhood Program: The Fatherhood program seeks to build strong relationships between fathers and children, increasing positive and constructive communication skills between fathers and mothers, and improve a fathers’ understanding of and confidence about good parenting practices. We provide a progressive array of activities designed to promote increased involvement of dads in the parenting and nurturing of children, and centered on the Nurturing Father’s curriculum. Such support seeks to address issues and challenges surrounding responsible parenthood: visitation, custody, child support, education, employment, career planning, self-sufficiency, relationship building, conflict resolution, and child development. Interns will have the opportunity to assist in group management and facilitation, curriculum development, and work with a number of community based organizations and schools.
Peer Leadership Program: The Brighter Beginnings Peer Leadership Program helps build resiliency skills, positive identity and self-esteem among current and past clients by engaging them in a comprehensive positive youth development program in order to encourage increased community involvement, and sustain healthy behaviors and lifestyles. We recruit teen peer educators to become peer leaders from our family case management and other agency programs, Oakland high schools, and the Alameda County Cal-SAFE/School Age Parents Program. Students who successfully complete the Peer Leadership training can then become educators and ambassadors for Brighter Beginnings Health Education and Community Action efforts. This includes co-facilitating our Community Health Prevention/Intervention workshops to students at Cal-SAFE and Oakland Unified School District, speaking to community agencies and youth programs to share information and make connections for collaborations, as well as explaining Brighter Beginnings to the community at large and service clubs, and potential funders and donors. Interns will have the opportunity to assist in group management, curriculum development, and work with a number of community based organizations and schools in implementing our Community Health Prevention/Intervention workshops.
There is a formal application process that must be completed in order to secure the above mentioned internship placements with our agency.
In addition, we offer several other volunteer opportunities that can still assist with vital programmatic support in our various Centers. We tend to consider these opportunities as “volunteer internships” as they provide a designated amount of service time on a consistent basis, and involve direct client contact – such as group facilitation – or more administrative and office-related support. Such internships involve the following:
- Group facilitators for Parenting Groups, Child Development Education Groups, Fatherhood Program, and Life Skills Education Groups
- RotaCare Richmond Free Medical Clinic Volunteers
- Child Watch for Early Head Start socializations
- Administrative and/or project support in marketing, communications, grant writing, fundraising, web/media design, and/or event planning with our Development department
- Clerical and office support work in one of our various Centers
There is a formal application process that must be completed in order to secure a volunteer internship placement with our agency.
*MSW internships provide a stipend.
**All other internships are un-paid.
To learn more about available internships for BSW or MSW students, please contact:
Liz Nickels, ENickels@brighter-beginnings.org
For more information about available volunteer internships, please contact:
Preethi Kembaiyan, PKembaiyan@brighter-beginnings.org