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In this competitive job market, college graduates benefit from career-related experience. Unity Care offers excellent internship opportunities in Marketing and Events and in Behavioral Health. Interns gain real-world experience while making a difference in the lives of foster and underserved youth.

Marketing and Events

Unity Care is looking for talented college interns to assist the Development Department with marketing and special events.

Unity Care’s Community Ambassadors will play a key role in the recruitment and engagement of our volunteer program to meet its strategic objective of increasing awareness and understanding of Unity Care’s impact on local foster children and families.

Our volunteer ambassadors will help ‘tell the Unity Care story’ in their local community by speaking to groups and organizations regarding volunteer opportunities and how to access them; and will assist in increasing volunteer and fundraising support for the charity. All Community Ambassadors will be given a training packet containing sample speeches / presentations, which can be adjusted according to the audience. Further training may be provided regarding presentation skills and working alone.

Managing Supervisor: Community Relations and Development Manager
Length: 6 months – 1 year (8-16 hours per week)
Department: Development
Salary: Non-Paid Volunteer

Duties:

  • Become familiar with the work of Unity Care in general; and Unity Care services in the local area in particular.
  • In conjunction with the Development Team, research local groups and organizations which welcome outside speakers at meetings, events, etc.
  • Contact relevant groups and organizations and ask to speak at one of their meetings regarding ways to get involved. Deliver a talk which engages, moves and motivates the audience.
  • Adapt the talk to include new messages or time-specific information as communicated by the Development Team.
  • Solicit, recruit and engage new committee members and volunteers for fundraising events, donation drives, volunteer activities and our annual YouthLive Gala.
  • In conjunction with the Development Team, attend volunteer recruitment events.
  • Ensure all donations and expressions of interest in fundraising and volunteering are passed to the Development team promptly for follow-up.

Essential Skills:

Confident speaker · Strong communication and interpersonal skills · Self motivation and initiative · Good organizational skills ·  Willingness to ask the audience to support the charity through volunteering or fundraising projects

The Events intern will support the Development Department by assisting with planning and execution of agency events, such as our YouthLive! Gala in the spring, Summer Olympics, and annual Town Hall. The intern will assist with coordination, research, donation solicitations, and other projects as needed.

Managing Supervisor: Development Manager
Length: 6 months – 1 year (12-20 hours per week)
Department: Development
Salary: Non-Paid Internship

Qualifications: Working toward a degree in Hospitality or Event Management. Candidate must have strong verbal and written skills, be detail-oriented and a self-starter, and have some experience planning events. Must be available to work 12-20 hours per week.

The Marketing & Communications intern will assist with writing articles for the agency’s marketing materials such as newsletters, brochures, success stories, and the annual report. In addition, the intern will assist with the development of marketing collateral, social media updates, data entry, hosting information booths, and other projects as needed.

Managing Supervisor: Development Associate, Communications
Length: 6 months – 1 year (12-20 hours per week)
Department: Development
Salary: Non-Paid Internship

Qualifications: Working toward a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Advertising, or Journalism. Candidate must have strong verbal and written skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines. Writing samples required. Intermediate/advanced skills with MS Office Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite 6 is a plus. Must be available to work 12-20 hours per week.

How to Apply

Contact volunteer@unitycare.org to request a Volunteer Application. Email your resume along with a completed application to volunteer@unitycare.org

Questions? Please contact the Development Department at (408) 971-9822 or volunteer@unitycare.org.

Behavioral Health

Unity Care offers excellent fieldwork placement and training opportunities for BSW/MSW interns and MFT trainees currently enrolled in a graduate-level program. Internships are most appropriate for entry to intermediate-level students who already have some exposure to clinical populations and direct work with clients.

Students will perform targeted care management, rehabilitation, and collateral services in clinic, school, and community-based settings for diverse youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families in the San Jose area. Students gain generalist practice in strengths-based assessment, diagnostic formulation (DSM IV & V), transformational care planning, and evidence-based treatment including psychoeducational groups. Full training in Medi-Cal documentation standards and CANS outcomes measurement.

Students will perform team facilitation, therapy, rehabilitation, and crisis intervention for a wide range of diverse youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families throughout Santa Clara County. Students gain advanced clinical experience in strengths-based assessment, diagnostic formulation (DSM IV & V), transformational care planning, and evidence-based treatment including psychoeducational groups. Full training in Medi-Cal documentation standards and CANS outcomes measurement.

Students will perform as therapists in clinic, home, and community-based settings for young children and their families in order to maintain and strengthen family stability, and prevent penetration into the child welfare system. Students gain advanced clinical experience in strengths-based assessment, diagnostic formulation (DSM IV & V), transformational care planning, and evidence-based treatment including psychoeducational groups. Full training in Medi-Cal documentation standards.

Students will perform as therapists in one of our residential treatment homes. Students gain advanced clinical experience in strengths-based assessment, diagnostic formulation (DSM IV & V), transformational care planning, and evidence-based treatment including psycho-educational groups. Full training in Medi-Cal documentation standards.

Students will perform as therapists in school and community-based settings for diverse youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families in the San Jose area. Students gain advanced clinical experience in strengths-based assessment, diagnostic formulation (DSM IV & V), transformational care planning, and evidence-based treatment including psychoeducational groups. Full training in Medi-Cal documentation standards and CANS outcomes measurement.

 

Graduate students at Unity Care will experience:

  • An intensive orientation to the population Unity Care serves, our values, philosophy, and practice.
  • An opportunity to conduct fieldwork in a variety of programs.
  • Training and supervision focused on Unity Care’s treatment models.
  • Trainings on a wide range of topics applicable to working with underserved children and their families.
  • Supervision provided by a Unity Care Clinician with an appropriate degree or license.
  • Opportunity to conduct case presentations with direct feedback from the Clinical Director and senior clinicians.
  • Attend trainings on a variety of topics of special interest and clinical application.
  • Become a valued member of a multidisciplinary professional treatment team.
  • Receive weekly individual and group clinical supervision.
  • Stipends are available for qualifying students.

Fieldwork Programs

Unity Care offers a wide variety of fieldwork placements including residential group homes, school-based services, therapeutic behavioral services, outpatient mental health clinic, and wraparound programs; all dedicated to serving underserved and foster youth and their families throughout Northern California Bay Area communities. Programs are based in Santa Clara and Placer Counties.

Time Commitment

In order to establish therapeutic relationships with our youth and families, we require a nine to ten month commitment (12-24 hours per week) from all students, beginning in the fall of each year and continuing through to spring of the following year.

How to Apply

  • Review the current social work internship listing above.
  • To apply, please contact the Human Resource Department with attached resume to hrdept@unitycare.org.
  • Applications are accepted year-round.
  • Bilingual and culturally diverse students are encouraged to apply.

Questions? Please contact hrdept@unitycare.org.

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