PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | Internships
Live Oak offers graduate internship experiences for individuals studying a variety of disciplines. These include, but are not limited to: social work, counseling, psychology, marriage & family therapy, recreation therapy, and art therapy.
General Overview of the Program
Live Oak requires a twelve month commitment, from June 2017 to June 2018, regardless of the graduate program’s academic calendar. We request this schedule because we are committed to providing both a quality experience to our students and continuity to the clients we serve. We will not accept any applicants who cannot fulfill this commitment. We do not provide partial year internships. Graduate interns are also required to achieve 500 hours of direct client service, regardless of the graduate program’s clinical requirements.
Live Oak offers a unique internship experience, unlike any other in the Chicago land area. In addition to weekly individual supervision and group supervision, graduate interns will have access to a broad range of clinical experience and training. This includes monthly 3 hour trainings on our core competency areas (LGBTQ affirmative practice, multisystemic/multicultural practice, creative expressive modalities, and trauma informed practice), access to over 20 full time staff with a variety of backgrounds and experiences, opportunities to co-facilitate group therapy, etc.
We believe in providing each student with as varied an experience as possible. Graduate interns spend 24 hours per week, on site, engaged in Live Oak activities which may include: therapy with individuals and couples, co-facilitating groups; program development; training; individual and group supervision; outreach; and administrative activities. Interns work with a largely adult client population, and are unlikely to see individuals under the age of 20 years old. Throughout the course of the 12 month internship, graduate interns are expected to complete 500 hours of direct client contact.
- Completion of all academic requirements necessary to engage in field placement
- Flexible schedule, with an ability to be on-site Wednesday mornings (for meetings), the first Friday of the month (for trainings) and evenings and/or Saturdays (for clients). While we have many interns who have completed the program while working part or even full time, we expect your commitment to Live Oak to be prioritized.
- Commitment to the underlying philosophical values of Live Oak
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to be in placement for a full year
- Maturity and self-direction
- Willingness to engage in self-reflection
- Previous clinical experience, or other involvement in areas related to our values, a plus
Those interested in applying for an internship at Live Oak should fill out the online application with a cover letter (explaining your interest in Live Oak and our values), resume or CV and three letters of reference. To receive maximum consideration, completed applications should be received by February 6th, 2017. Those with incomplete applications will not be considered.
After reviewing the written materials, we will contact applicants who will be moving forward with the application process. Candidates who participate in the next stage of the process will be asked to complete and return a few brief essay questions. Individual interviews will take place in February, and offers will be made by mid- March, at the latest.