Internships and Volunteers
Students pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in Social Work, Psychology, Family and Consumer Sciences, or a related field should consider a field instruction internship with the Renew or Discovery Family Resource Projects. Interns will have a set schedule and will gain professional exposure to the following: Parenting Education, Family Skills Building, Visit Coaching, Kinship Navigator services, Domestic Violence services, administrative duties, and professional documentation.
Volunteers seeking community service hours are also welcome.
Interning at Discovery/Renew Family Resource Projects has been a remarkable experience. I have gained so much knowledge about the social work field, specifically involving family services and the many resources that are available for children and parents that are in need of assistance. Renew has also given me the skills to effectively present curriculum-based parenting programs through group and individualized education. Throughout the internship, staff members and administrators have been very kind and helpful, providing me with the knowledge and tools needed to become a successful parent educator and social work professional. I would highly recommend this agency to future interns who would like to receive the most out of their field placement. - Fall 2016
Interning at Discovery has been the most engulfing, humbling, and enlightening experience. The agency staff welcomed me with open arms and taught me so much about professionalism, ethics, cultural competency, and empathy. Supervisors are always available for questions and concerns and make sure that you get to be a part of any experiences you desire while ensuring that you prioritize your needs. I have been provided the opportunity to run full, supervised Family Skills Building sessions – with individual clients and groups, learn proper documentation, assist in initial assessments and case closures, as well as work with multiple Kinship clients. I have also had the opportunity to assist in the Domestic Violence program and have seen first-hand the impact of the program on a client's safety and well-being-- the Domestic Violence staff is devoted to client empowerment. Observing the staff’s dedication and motivation to their clients and ensuring each feels like a priority is inspiring. The agency has shown me the true reason we enter into the field of social work—to make a difference. Discovery and its staff have displayed the epitome of the social work profession. Seeing the impact that I can make in a client’s life has been truly motivating. I am honestly disappointed the internship is only a single semester. If you are considering Discovery for a field placement, I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed. - Madelyn Antle – Fall 2022.
Good Qualities to Have
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
Things to Consider
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.