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Internship Opportunities

UPDATE:

Thank you for your interest in the Houston Area Women’s Center.  We value our internship program as an integral part of HAWC.  In light of the current pandemic, our counseling and education campus remains closed to the public until further notice.  As a result, we are exercising an abundance of caution and safety and regretfully, will not be accepting interns at this time. 

We thank you for your understanding.  Please continue to visit our website for future opportunities

Overview:

 

The Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) offers several challenging internships throughout the academic year. The internships at HAWC have been designed to provide selected individuals with hands-on experience to help them prepare to launch a career in social services.

The selection process is highly competitive and qualified applicants will have to go through an interview process. If accepted, we do provide training that is required. In some cases, hours in training can go towards required intern hours.

HAWC offers different intern opportunities that may satisfy the requirements of several degree programs. Internship opportunities are also available for those that are in undergraduate degree programs.

For more information and ways to apply, please see below

Non-Residential Internship Opportunities

Licensed Professional Counselor

OVERVIEW

Interns provide individual counseling to adult, survivors of domestic and sexual violence from a feminist/empowerment perspective. Opportunities to provide group counseling as well as opportunities to work with children and adolescents may also be available but will depend on primary needs of the program.

In addition, the LPC-Intern’s supervisor will be screened to assess their experience working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and their philosophy of supervision.  These internships are unpaid, and the agency is unable to pay for any portion of the LPC-Intern’s supervision.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proof of graduation from an accredited master’s program in counseling with a focus on mental health of community counseling. School counselor concentration LPC-Interns need not apply
  • Proof of passing score on National Counselor Exam
  • Proven ability to work with clients in a client-centered, non-judgmental manner
  • Practicum reference and employment references will be contacted as part of the application consideration

TRAINING

  • Complete crisis intervention training – all dates required (see training below)

*We are unable to accommodate LMFT requests as we do not provide couples, marriage, or formal family counseling.

Children's Court Services and Legal Advocacy

OVERVIEW

Interns enhance and expand our capacity to serve clients by: tracking and monitoring cases at various stages of the criminal justice system, providing support to staff by updating cases and computer records, assisting with client correspondence, assisting with program evaluation and researching legal issues. Interns will have the opportunity to observe the workings of the Criminal Justice System in cases involving children as victims and witnesses. May also provide legal information, advocacy and referrals to clients of the Houston Area Women’s Center. Weekday daytime hours available to coordinate with Court hours. You will gain knowledge of community resources of survivors of domestic and sexual violence, knowledge of laws and regulations relating to child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, liability and negligence and familiarity with legal services, resources, and procedures available to victims.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 160 hours
  • Law Students – minimum 20hr/week
  • Undergraduates – minimum 10hr/ week
  • Good Computer Skills
  • Bilingual helpful, but not required
  • Hours must be scheduled between 8am – 6pm
  • Undergrad majors:Criminal Justice, Sociology, Paralegal, etc.
  • Law School: Summer session between 1st and 2nd year only
  • Knowledge of community resources of survivors of domestic and sexual violence
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations relating to child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, liability and negligence.
  • Familiarity with legal services, resources, and procedures available to victims

 

TRAINING

  • Complete 3 hours SA/DV 101

ChildCare

OVERVIEW

Provides child care and supports Enrichment Specialist with enrichment activities and programs in the shelter for children who are survivors of family violence.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 1 year experience working with children
  • Commit to working 2 hour shifts between 8am-8pm Monday-Friday (10hrs/week)
  • 1 semester commitment
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of domestic and/or sexual violence
  • CPR certified a plus but not required

TRAINING

  • Complete childcare training required

Hotline

OVERVIEW

Offers support, referral information, and educations to all callers. Interns provide telephone crisis intervention and counseling for callers including battered women and sexual assault survivors. Interns must maintain confidentiality of callers and clients.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 500 hours
  • Sensitivity to women’s issues
  • Knowledge of resources in the Greater Houston area
  • Knowledge of violence against women including family violence and sexual assault dynamics and myths
  • Ability to work with individuals in crisis
  • Majors in psychology, social work, human services, etc.

TRAINING

  • Crisis intervention training – all dates required (see training below)
  • Hotline call observations

Human Resources

Overview:

The Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC) is currently seeking an energetic Human Resources Intern to take initiative in assisting the HR department in daily operations and to work on special projects. HAWC is a recognized leader in efforts to end domestic and sexual violence and helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward.  We provide shelter, counseling, and advocacy to support them in building lives free from the effects of violence. We seek social change to end domestic and sexual violence through community awareness and education.

The Human Resources Internship is a great opportunity to receive exposure to all aspects of human resources in a non-profit setting and to contribute in the design of HR programs and procedures. Interns would work closely with a team of qualified human resources professionals and learn the skills needed to excel in the non-profit sector, specifically in human resources

Qualifications:

  • minimum of 15-20 hours per week, Monday – Friday preferably
  • Pursuing a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong writing skills,  oral and written
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Willingness to learn and expand current skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

 

Training Commitment Required:

  • None

Residential Internship Opportunities

Residential Mentor

OVERVIEW

Supports the safety, general welfare and day-to-day needs of women and their children living in the shelter facility. Interns will assist clients with acclimating to a communal living environment by providing peer counseling/support, education and mentoring.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 500 hours
  • 2 semester commitment
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Experience with Microsoft Suites and other computer applications
  • Have an understanding of domestic and sexual violence and/or theory regarding violence against women
  • Have an understanding of empowerment theory and/or oppression theory.
  • Culturally competent to work with divers populations via training and work experience

TRAINING

  • Complete crisis intervention training – all dates required (see training below)

Residential Case Advocate

RESIDENTIAL CASE ADVOCATE

OVERVIEW

Interns will provide crisis intervention and case management for women and children who are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 500 hours
  • 2 Semester commitment
  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences of equivalent work experience
  • Minimum one year experience in case management at a social service agency
  • Knowledge of community resources for adults and children needing emergency services including legal financial support, housing or basic needs.
  • Working knowledge of Texas laws pertaining to family violence as well as the justice system response to domestic violence
  • Sensitivity to cultural diversity
  • Experience with Microsoft Office
  • Strong case management and crisis intervention skills
  • Majors in Social Work, psychology, sociology, paralegal, etc.

TRAINING

  • Crisis intervention training – all dates required (see training below)

How to Apply:

To be considered for an internship, please complete the Intern Application with attached background check form. A background check will only be run on those applicants that go through the interview process.

Please return the completed application along with a resume to:

E-mail:    intern@hawc.org

Or Mail:  Houston Area Women’s Center

Attn: HR Admin

1010 Waugh Dr.

Houston, TX 77019

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