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 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 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
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.