Internships and Service Learning Hours
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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.
My placement in my internship has been so wonderful. I have learned so much about adults, children, and their actions than I could have ever expected. Renew has been a wonderful learning experience thus far. Renew is amazing and I have so much respect for the work they do in regards to their clients. They go above and beyond to provide the best services for their clients while ensuring that clients understand what is being presented to them. They only want the best and it comes from such a sincere place. I appreciate my opportunity to learn new things as well as the chance to be exposed to something I wasn't sure about. Renew has truly given me a new perception on the social work profession as a whole and I feel as though this experience will always be savored. - by Meghan Brown - Spring 2011
My position as an intern with RENEW has been remarkable. The experience was more than I could have expected. RENEW allowed me the freedom to develop and maintain individual cases as a professional member of the team. I actually felt like a major contributor in the staffing and group sessions and I was able to assist as well as independently present sessions to clients in parenting education and family life building skills. I have such admiration towards the entire staff at RENEW for their dedication, patience, and passion towards their clients. As each client receives services through RENEW they are given utmost professionalism. I would like to thank the entire staff at RENEW for taking the time to share their expertise and knowledge of the field. It was through these times that I felt I was able to learn and grow the most in developing my skills over the course of my field placement. The staff was most responsive to my request and always made me feel like a full-time member of the group. This internship has definitely increased my interest in pursuing a career in social work, and shall forever be the bridge that crossed me over into my professional career. Thank you again for helping to make my internship a rewarding experience. - by Kimberly Lewis-Gordon, Social Work Graduate - Fall Semester 2011
My internship placement with RENEW was rewarding beyond measure. The overall experience of interning with the agency has provided me with a great sense of professionalism. The staff at RENEW maintained an environment of respect and presented interns with the chance to gain the knowledge and skills needed in the field of Social Work. I have come to respect the quality of service offered to their clients as well as the patience and guidance I received as an intern. I am truly grateful for the experience gained and will always be thankful to the staff for making my first impression of the Social Work profession a memorable one. This internship has definitely proven to me that I have chosen the correct field and I also hope to provide my clients with the same level of services as RENEW has provided their clients. I can honestly say that all of my uncertainties about being an intern were a "thing of the past" within the first week. I had the opportunity to learn the works of service provision and also provide ideas and feedback on how to improve services to the client population. I actually felt like a part of the staff, they valued my ideas, as well as presented me with challenges and projects to become a competent professional. I would highly recommend considering RENEW for internship placement and if I had to do it all over, I would choose RENEW "again"! - by Arian Keys - Fall 2012
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
I served as an intern from Southeastern in the fall of 2015, and had the privilege of interning at Renew Family Resource Project. Ms. Linda as well as all of the workers had welcomed me with open arms. The experience I gained from Renew has given me the chance to fulfill my lifelong dream as well as gain experience for my future career. Being an intern at Renew has provided me the chance to gain knowledge in the field of social work more than I could have ever imagined. I was able to experience the different techniques of practicing in the field of social work. I was able to work with professionals, attend supervisions, and observe as well as teach clients in the visits. Renew has given me the experience I needed to become a competent social worker. I am very fortunate to have interned at Renew. by Heather Scallan - Fall 2015
My internship at RENEW has been some of the most rewarding work I have completed in my pursuit of my MSW. There were numerous professional learning opportunities that were at my fingertips at any given time. Mrs. Starns and the staff were amazing in assisting any budding social worker explore different aspects of working in an busy agency. I was allow to see every aspect, from administrative to data entry to direct services. I learn how to establish rapport and a working relationship with clients and staff, while facilitating individual and group sessions. Supervision and staff meetings were instrumental in my learning from consultation with other social workers, who were also willing to learn from myself as well. From this internship, I believe that I learned many things that I can add to my toolbox for my future. I want to keep working in positive parenting interventions after interning at RENEW. I appreciate the experiences I had at the agency and I thank RENEW for allowing me to have these experiences. Chelsea Cooper - Spring 2015
My placement at Discovery/Renew Family Resource Projecst has been full of great opportunities. I would like to offer special thanks to Mrs. Linda Starns LCSW (my supervisor) who has been very thoughtful of my learning and opened so many opportunities. I had the chance to attend staff meetings, visit coaching, supervisions, as well as shadowing on daily visits. One of the best experiences that I had was being able to teach the clients once I gained certain skills. Having the clients interact was overly gratifying. It has been a pleasure to be included as part of great team of social workers and the sharing of knowledge and experiences. I feel confident moving forward in the field of Social Work after acquiring the many skills provided to me at RENEW. - Fall 2016
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
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.
Please see your academic advisor on how to get started.
Meet Our Interns - Fall 2017