High School & College Internship Opportunities
SMOC’s Internship Program was established to provide opportunities to high school and college students who seek to gain on-the-job experience relevant to their field of study in a social/human services environment. Many opportunities are available across the agency and in programs such as Administration, Behavioral Health, Nutrition Services, Headstart and Childcare, and others. In most cases, hours can be flexible and arranged with the program manager, and can range from 5 to 20 hours per week. Additional hours can be arranged dependent upon the needs of the student and or the program.
Students must be enrolled in high school or college to be eligible to participate. The SMOC internship representative works closely with High School and College Counselors to ensure appropriate placements of students in the program. All interns must be approved by the high school or college/university and the internship should be for credit. In addition, SMOC requires a criminal background check be done for all interns approved for participation in the program.
To apply to the SMOC Internship Program, interested high school and college students should apply through our Career Center by clicking on the job posting titled “Intern.” For specific internship descriptions see below.
Behavioral Healthcare Services
Interns (college and graduate students) work with clinical or administrative teams taking on projects and help support our clinical work. Behavioral Healthcare offers an opportunity for interns to work in an outpatient mental health setting. Skilled Interns will work with our staff to: assist the medical records staff; assist in organizing data collection; and assist clinical staff with program development.
Administration And Finance
Interning with SMOC Administration and Finance offers the intern an opportunity to learn about the administrative and accounting areas of this $80 million human service agency. Internships are available in Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Human Resources and Development departments. Familiarity with Excel, Word, etc. is helpful.
The Framingham/Waltham WIC Program offers varying lengths of unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the field of Nutrition/Dietetics. The WIC Senior Nutritionist acts as Preceptor and mentors interns as they learn to counsel prenatal and postpartum women, infants and children up to 5 years of age using the “Touching Hearts, Touching Minds” model. Interns will also be trained to measure and interpret weights and heights, help run facilitated nutrition education groups, create educational materials, conduct community in-services and complete online trainings via The WIC Learning Center website.
Child Care and Head Start
The SMOC Child Care and Head Start program welcomes high school, college and graduate student interns interested in learning more about Early Childhood Education and/or Human Services. This experience is an opportunity to see first-hand how a classroom operates, to help educate young children and to talk with professionals about their experiences in this rewarding career. SMOC Head Start, serving almost 400 children, is a free comprehensive child development program that serves low-income children ages 3-5 and their families. It is a child-focused program whose goal is to increase school readiness of young children. SMOC Child Care provides high quality child care from infants to eleven years old through four centers and a family child care system of providers. SMOC Operates Child Care and Head Start centers in Framingham, Marlborough and Hudson and individual Head Start classrooms in Ashland, Natick, Holliston, Milford, Northbridge and Grafton. While having classroom experience is very important, the program also provides the interns with an overview of the agency and the resources available in the community.
Voices Against Violence
Voices Against Violence provides comprehensive services to persons affected by domestic violence and sexual assault including victims/survivors and their loved ones. All services are provided free of charge and are confidential. Services include a 24-hour crisis/information hotline, counseling/advocacy sessions, legal and medical support advocacy, a confidential emergency safe home and shelter residential program, and education and training services. Voices Against Violence provides several intern opportunities for college students and graduate students which are based on the interns age, school requirements, and area of interest. After attending and completing an intensive Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate Training program, interns will have the opportunity to answer the 24-hour hotline, assist clients in the court system, and/or provide support to the residential program as a Safe Home Intern.
Career & Opportunity Center
Interns will help Homeless individuals with job search skills and job placement. Interns will work with Center Staff to: provide outreach; conduct intakes and assessments of homeless individuals who would like assistance with job search; help clients with resume preparation, completing job applications, interviewing skills; identifying local employment openings that would meet the needs of program participants; lead Job Search workshops; maintain client records; greet walk-in customers and answer telephones.
Homelessness And Community Services
Interns will assist staff in SMOC’s homeless shelters, supported housing and Housing Services Center. Interns will work on such projects as assisting homeless families and individuals with housing search, assisting children with homework and playgroups in shelters, and helping with other shelter, housing and education operations. Interns may also assist with various other tasks related to preventing homelessness and community services such as participating in the homeless count, writing grants, coordinating donations and attending community coalitions and meetings.
SMOC Fuel Assistance offers interns an opportunity to work in a busy office environment. Training will be offered in the use of business machines, filing, document preparation, document management, applicant intake procedures, and customer service response. Interns will also experience direct client contact through application intake and responding to telephone inquiries.
Interns with SMOC Energy Services are offered opportunities in the administrative and accounting areas. Interns will provide support for the Weatherization, Refrigeration and Heating and Weatherization Assistance programs. These programs provide energy conservation services to low income households.