Direct Service Internship - Santa Maria


Interns work alongside Social Workers and Rehabilitation Specialists to provide direct support for youth and families impacted by trauma. The extensive supervision and training provided by FCNI enables interns to move into the field of human services with a solid foundation, enhanced resume and added insight into the types of services they may consider for their future career. This is an unpaid internship that is eligible for college credit.

  • Psychology, Child Development, and Social Services majors preferred
  • 2 quarter required commitment (3 quarters preferred)
    • Must have weekend and evening availability
    • 12-15 hours per week
  • Be willing to drive throughout Northern Santa Barbara County for client contacts
  • Pass a thorough screening process which includes:    
    • Interview, 4 reference checks (at least 1 of these must be a recent or past employer)
    • Agreement to policies on confidentiality, child abuse reporting, activity safety and more
    • LIfe Scan (Fingerprinting), and a Child Abuse Index, Criminal Record Affidavit
    • Health/Drug Screen, TB Test
    • DMV printout of driving record
  • Serve an average of 10 clients and assist with implementation of treatment plans under the supervision of the assigned Social Worker
  • Gain an understanding of FCNI programs through shadowing current Interns, Rehabilitation Specialists or Social Workers
  • Participate in training which includes: Mandated Reporting; Crisis De-escalation; the System of Foster Care; Emotional Regulatory Healing; Suicide Prevention; MediCal Note Writing; and Boundaries/Therapeutic Self-Disclosure