Child Welfare Social Case Worker Internship

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

About Our Job

Denver Human Services (DHS) is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Child Welfare Internship Program. This internship is intended for college students interested in Child Welfare. Students will have the opportunity to learn how case workers engage and support the most vulnerable children and families within the community and then practice those learned skills with clients. We are committed to providing a rich, educational experience for students to observe and eventually participate in the day-to-day work of case workers engaging with families. Students will have the opportunity to shadow case workers managing caseloads, conducting home visits, preparing for and attending court, interviewing adults and children, attending and participating in internal and external meetings related to parents and/or children, assessing the safety of children, documenting comprehensive reports, etc. The various components within child welfare work collaboratively to provide opportunities for students to become familiar with the child welfare system as a whole and its impact on families and children.

The internship is flexible with hours based on the student's school schedule and the schedules of the field and task supervisors.

DHS is a diverse agency, working in and around the City and County of Denver, providing services to a diverse population. Within DHS, the Child Welfare Division is comprised of Ongoing Child Protection, Ongoing Youth Services, and Intake sections which includes approximately 20 teams. Each of these section functions with support from other areas including Kinship/Foster Care Support, Independent Living, Placement Support Services, Prevention Services, CORE Services, Family Team Meetings, Visitation, and many others. Additionally, we have a 360 Section working from the concept of 'one family, one team.' One 360 team includes case workers providing services through a generalist case management approach, Intake, Ongoing Child Protection, and Ongoing Youth Services are all in one unit. This section is located at our DHS satellite office (3815 Steele Street). Majority of the internship offerings are located within the Richard T. Castro building at 1200 Federal Boulevard, simply because majority of staff work in this office.

Child Welfare has multiple positions available for qualified individuals enrolled in a social work program or a related field requiring an internship.

Most importantly, we strive to create a culture of respect, communication, and understanding. Any and all who hold these values highly are strongly encouraged to apply.

As an intern, you will have the opportunity to experience:

  • home visits with families and placement providers
  • child welfare’s role in court involved cases
  • interviews with adults and children
  • internal and external meetings related to parents and/or children
  • the process to assess the safety of children
  • documentation requirements
  • This is an unpaid internship.

    About You

    Our ideal candidate will have/be:

  • Pursuing a degree in Social Work or a related field requiring a field placement
  • Experience handling conflict resolution & challenging situations
  • Ability to follow directions under general supervision and/or independently
  • Ability to adapt to different environments & people from all walks of life
  • Possess good written and verbal communication skills
  • Have a passion and commitment to helping others
  • We realize your time is valuable so please do not apply if you do not have at least the following required minimum qualifications:

  • Education Requirement: Current enrollment in an accredited college program leading to a certificate, licensure, Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or higher degree in, or a recent graduate (completed specified program within 1 year of completion)
  • Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted
  • License/Certification Requirement: By position, may require a valid Driver's License at the time of application
  • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment
  • Other mandatory documentation required to be considered for this position:

  • Transcripts - unofficial or official
  • Cover letter answering the following questions:
  • Have you applied for the Child Welfare Stipend Program? If yes, please indicate whether you were selected to receive the stipend or when you expect to hear back.
  • What led you to apply to Child Welfare for your internship versus other social work fields of practice?

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