MH/DS Intern II/III
Glen Allen, VA, US
County of Henrico Department of Mental Health & Developmental Services
Henrico County, a progressive employer of choice, is offering internship opportunities for high school and college students to develop skills and experience relevant to their course of study. We are committed to creating challenging, meaningful, relevant work experiences for students. All internships will have specific learning goals identified by the student as being core to their academic and career development. The County will strive to ensure a balance between the intern's specific learning goals and the work that is required by the Department.
Established in 1611, Henrico County has deep historical roots. Henrico County borders the City of Richmond to the west, north and east and constitutes approximately a third of the Richmond metropolitan areas. Henrico County is among the top-rated counties in the nation and was one of the first localities to adopt the County Manager Form of Government. Citizens of Henrico County are represented by an elected Board of Supervisors representing five magisterial districts.
Henrico County General Government currently has more than 30 agencies. Department Heads are appointed by the County Manager, with the exception of the elected constitutional officers. Henrico County is an equal opportunity employer and, when you join us as an intern, you will be surrounded by fellow associates who come from all walks of life, all types of cultural backgrounds and all ages.
General Statement of Duties
Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, July 10, 2023.
Intern II: This internship is for current college students (associate or undergraduate level student) within Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services Prevention Services. This internship will be for the Fall of 2023 and it is for academic credit. Interns will start on or around August 21, 2023 (depending on the student's program requirements/school schedule the internship could start later and run into the fall 2023 semester).
To Learn more about the Internship Program visit https://henrico.us/services/internship/ to view resources, video and photo content. Henrico County offers a variety of hands-on internships performing a variety of responsible tasks relevant to the assigned department. Internships may be available in many departments at various times throughout the year. For information on available internships check the job site frequently at https://henrico.us/services/jobs/. For information on the operations and functions of each department click here: https://henrico.us/departments/.
Internships with Henrico Prevention Services are open to college students pursuing a degree in a field relevant to internship placement. Selection is dependent on the qualification of the successful applicant and the needs of the County for this placement. Students must be eligible to earn academic credit for an internship in their program as a requirement or elective.
Desired Area of Study: Social Sciences; Human Services, Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Health, Nursing
Desired Student: Associate or Bachelor Level
Start /End Date: On or around August 21, 2023 depending on the students selected and their semester/program requirements. The internship will end when the student has satisfied all the requirements for academic credit or by the start of the fall semester.
Hours: Flexible, evenings may be required depending on placement and curriculum requirements
Work Location: Interns will be assigned to Henrico Mental Health with Prevention Services. Location varies based on placement.
Internship candidates will be interviewed by Prevention staff to ensure placement is feasible for the student and the County/Agency. Students may have the opportunity to work in any of the following areas.
Please identify within your cover letter the desired area of interest.
A. Merchant Educator
Student will work with Henrico Prevention Coordinator to implement a statewide initiative targeting local Henrico businesses (i.e. gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) that sell tobacco products. The student will travel with Prevention Coordinator to selected sites, complete store audits and deliver merchant education materials to store employees/managers.
B. Community Coalition
Student will work with the Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition to aid the coalition in addressing specific substance abuse prevention and wellness promotion activities. The coalition partners with the community to prevent/reduce substance use and other risky behaviors among youth. Activities include participation in community-level events, data collection and other activities that support the mission of the coalition.
C. Community-Based Programs
Student will work in an after-school program with at-risk youth in a community setting. Activities include evidence-based programming, academic support, and educational/recreational programs.
Knowledge/skills/abilities: The student can expect to gain general knowledge, skills and abilities in the delivery of Prevention strategies that include:
- Work in community-based settings
- Develop knowledge of risk and protective factors in communities
- Develop an understanding of macro level interventions
- Gain observation and data collection skills
- Deliver Prevention information to community stakeholders
- Evidence-based programs with youth
Students should possess the following:
- Interest in working in community-based settings
- Strong attention to detail
- Technological literacy
- Reliable transportation
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience of County employees and citizens integral to the internship;
- Excellent organization and research skills with the ability to collect and organize facts/tasks effectively;
- Excellent attention to details;
- Excellent knowledge of and familiarity with computer systems with demonstrated proficiency in the use of a personal computer and common software products (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point);
- Ability to work multitask and manage priorities;
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a part of a team;
- Ability to meet assigned deadlines.
Internships are intended to provide the intern with basic experiential exposure to a field of interest. The intern must bring a strong interest in the assigned department's mission and operations and be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment. The intern will receive training relevant to the assigned responsibilities and finish the internship having gained basic experience in various aspects of the operations of the assigned department as well as basic skills and industry knowledge. Internships may include extensive public contact. Internships may be an integral part of a team or may require the intern to work more independently. The intern will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have opportunities to network with department leaders and other professionals in the internship field.
Education: Pursuing a graduate (master's) degree, undergraduate or associate degree in a field relevant to internship; GPA of 3.0 or better desired;
Experience: Completion of college-level program in relevant degree program; relevant job, volunteer or previous internship experience;
Or: Any equivalent combination education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the internship.
The application process requires you to include the following items:
- Cover letter that includes the following
- Why you are interested in this internship position
- Specific area of interest (Merchant Educator, Community Coalition, Community-based programs)
- Three learning goals related to the internship
- Program requirements for an internship like specifics related to the hours needed, supervision requirement, start/stop date and any other relevant information related to your program's requirements for academic credit.
- Unofficial transcript
Interns are not entitled to a permanent position at the completion of an internship. The internship is designed to benefit the intern with the knowledge and skills gained through experiences provided during the internship.
A criminal history record check and fingerprinting is conducted on all persons conditionally offered employment (including as an intern), including a conditional offer of initial employment, or a conditional offer to promote, demote, or laterally transfer an employee.
How To Apply
Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, July 10, 2023.
You apply for positions with Henrico County general government through our on-line applicant system, which is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with an Internet connection. Please access our job site portal through https://henrico.us/services/jobs or click on the Jobs link in the upper right hand corner of our main County page at https://henrico.us.
Amount of Travel
Work At Home