Students seeking their Bachelor degree in Social Work, Psychology, Family and Consumer
Sciences or a related field should consider a field instruction internship with Discovery.
Interns will have a set schedule and will gain professional exposure to the following:
Parenting Education, Family Life Skills Training, Visit Coaching, administrative duties, and documentation. The learning experience will be supervised by a Licensed Social Worker.
Being an intern at Discovery was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I remember as I was taking my first steps entering the building, I was nervous because it was a new experience with new people. From the moment I walked in, it was clear that Discovery had a welcoming atmosphere for myself, and a caring environment for the clients. My supervisor, Ms. Linda Starns, immediately greeted me and introduced me to staff. The Discovery family were so wonderful in meeting my professional needs i.e. questions about research or analyzing various cases. There were numerous opportunities for professional learning each day. Discovery workers do everything they can to ensure their clients are improving their decisions which ultimately affect their life. Clients are the utmost of importance, it’s obvious when speaking to staff about a client or watching an in-home session provided by the staff. I appreciated my opportunity to learn about families and children of all ages. At Discovery, I gained the skill to teach a session. I believe that I was given the proper training and allowed proper time in order to create my own “bag of tricks.” My confidence level has soared with the help of the Discovery family. Discovery is definitely the place to be while interning. - Takeasha Drake - Fall 2015
My position as a MSW Intern at Discovery has truly been an enriching and rewarding experience. I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to learn from such caring, understanding, and wonderful professionals. This experience has helped me grow not only as a future social worker, but as a person, as I have learned what it feels like to have true empathy for others, and to try my hardest to understand the situations that our clients have been in and what it must have been like for them. The staff at Discovery have been such great mentors and have helped me to evaluate myself, which has helped me grow as a professional more than I could ever have imagined. I feel very lucky to have had such a wonderful supervisor who pushed me out of my comfort zone, while helping me feel more relaxed while working in this challenging field. This experience has taught me to be grateful for what I have been given, and has made my passion for children grow even stronger. The professionals I've worked with always treated me as if I were an employee, which really contributed to my positive learning experience. Thank you to all of the staff at Discovery and to my supervisor, Mrs. Linda, for providing such a rewarding experience that has taught me so much about myself, others, and the field of social work. Brooke Miller-LSU MSW Student -Spring 2014
Here at Discovery, I have gained such valuable knowledge and experience as a Louisiana State University Master of Social Work intern. Discovery is the first social work setting in which I have had the opportunity to gain experience, and in the short 12 weeks that I have interned at the agency, I have become knowledgeable in, as well as played an active role in key social work areas within the agency, including client interaction, ethical issues, agency policy and procedures, experience with diverse client populations, and the evaluation of client population data. Discovery provides the unique experience of in-home services to clients, and daily, I was able to shadow workers in client homes and also deliver services to clients with the guidance of staff members. Even with their demanding client load, the Discovery staff never hesitated to offer help or to share useful skills. I was truly a valued member of the agency, and this made my learning experience that much more enjoyable and effective. Ms. Linda highly values her interns' learning experiences, and she had a genuine commitment to my proper ethical and practical training throughout my time at the agency. I am leaving Discovery with invaluable social work skills that are transferable across all areas of social work, and these skills will stick with me through the duration of my social work career. - Kelly Allison, LSU MSW Student - Summer 2014
As a Southeastern Louisiana University intern, at Discovery, I have been able to become
more knowledgeable while working such a diverse population. The agency provides services,
both in-office and in-home, to empower parents to become nurturing with their children.
While interning, for 15 weeks, I have been able to shadow the workers and also participate
in the sessions by teaching the clients. Through this experience I have been able
to different trainings, experience ethical dilemmas, and also sit through visit coaching
consultation. Being able to work with a great staff helped make the internship enjoyable
and knowledgeable. Mrs. Linda was an amazing supervisor to have and truly valued each
of the interns and their experiences. She was always willing to share her knowledge
and making sure that I was on the right path of succession. The social workers at
Discovery were always encouraging and wanting to help. They were willing to share
their experiences and their knowledge they have learned from their work experience.
I am happy to be able to say that I am leaving discovery with knowledge and skills
that I will be able to use in all the areas of social work and through graduate school.
-Ashley Gonzalez, SLU BSW Student- Fall 2014
Creativity: the ability to take a list of needs and insights and come up with new ideas
Curiosity: a desire to understand the client and why they make the decisions they do
Empathy: the ability to relate to the client and uncover their motivations and needs
Enthusiasm: a passion to understand people and provide better services to clients
Punctuality: arrive to appointments on time
Strong Work Ethic: the innate drive to do work extremely well
All internships/service learning hours are unpaid.
Most services are done in clients' home, although some are held in an office setting or a group setting.
Please see your academic advisor on how to get started.