Need to complete an undergraduate-level internship? With its flexible hours, locations in four cities, excellent guidance, and opportunity to work with individuals who have a variety of abilities and support needs, including mental health needs, Hope House may be the perfect match.
If you have additional questions, please email Shannon Pociask, or call her at 757.625.6161, x532 to find out if an internship at Hope House is right for you. If you believe an internship at Hope House Foundation would be the right fit for you, please fill out an application.
Internship schedules vary, but most will require you to be available late afternoons and weekends. This is an unpaid internship. The primary duties are to assist adults with developmental disabilities with the tasks of daily living. These include but are not limited to meal preparation, apartment maintenance, grocery shopping, laundry, recreation, daily hygiene, medication, doctor's appointments, and companionship. Services are provided within the individuals' homes and in the community. This internship is fun, challenging, and rewarding!
How to Apply
Please fill out our application online to begin the placement process.
Benefits of an Internship with Hope House
Hope House operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, so we can accommodate a variety of schedule needs.
We’ll be happy to discuss your individual objectives, and design an internship that best meets your needs.
Interns work directly with full-time service providers in one of our service teams. Students can learn firsthand about supporting people with a wide range of disabilities in a community setting.
Interns meet weekly with their appointed supervisors at the service location. Your supervisor will provide instruction, assign work tasks, and provide ongoing feedback on your performance.
Initially, you’ll receive an orientation to Hope House in general and your designated service location in particular. Ongoing training at your team location will continue throughout your internship. In addition, Hope House provides regular training and in-services for our staff, which interns are encouraged to attend. There is no cost for this training.
Topics may include understanding autism, Alzheimer’s disease, health and wellness issues, positive behavioral support principles and applications, understanding mental health diagnoses, goal writing, and documentation. Interns at Hope House are treated with the same respect accorded to staff.
Hope House primarily serves adults with developmental disabilities, so an internship with us is ideal if you’re planning to work with adults in the future. But we also serve some adolescents, which gives interns valuable insight into helping a child with disabilities prepare to live in the community as they become adults.
Future Employment Opportunities
Internships at Hope House Foundation routinely lead to full- and part-time employment opportunities. Hope House prefers to hire and promote from within, which puts interns in an advantageous position.