Case Aide Intern (Academic Year)

Division:
Outreach Community Services
OCS provides supportive, community based programs including youth development, family case management, job training, career education, college preparation and work opportunities in DuPage county.

Program:
Employment Opportunity Center
EOC is a program designed to equip and empower young adults (ages 18-24) to pursue employment and career goals through paid work opportunities, coaching, supportive case management, and career exploration. Case management directly provides or connect clients to resources that provide food, clothing, legal assistance, transportation, therapy services, etc. Services provided directly relate to helping the participants in the program stabilize his or her life, secure and maintain employment, and establish independence as young adults. EOC participants are also enrolled in a Career Development course designed to help them develop or improve upon appropriate employment behavior, communication, and decision-making, resume writing, job searching, and interview skills and increasing personal assets while minimizing existing barriers that impact their ability to be successful at work.

Responsibilities/Opportunities:
The intern will be supervised by an EOC Program Coordinator. The intern will have the opportunity to assist EOC staff with their caseload of participants and with other assignments required for the provision of program services. This may include observing appropriate engagement, assessment, and intervention skills, becoming familiar with resources within the community, and working with participants to complete tasks related to employment and case management goals, as directed by the intern’s supervisor.

The intern may be involved in new participant recruitment and enrollment, maintaining participant files, and other administrative tasks required for providing direct services to participants. The intern may also learn to complete reports for department performance evaluation and grant requirements. The intern will gain exposure to course content in the EOC Career Development Course and course objectives. The intern will have the opportunity to plan and facilitate course activities in coordination with the course instructor. The intern may also develop a portion of the course curriculum as well.

The intern will receive experience in the overall working of a community based social service organization and gain valuable knowledge regarding the issues confronting homeless youth, court-involved youth, the working poor, immigrant families, and those who are attempting to move towards independence. Interns will gain familiarity with the social institutions (government, legal, religious, business) which most impact these populations.

Requirements:
BA/BS student in social work or a related field. Some previous related experience preferred. IL driver’s license, good driving record, reliable transportation and willingness to transport young adults. Outreach seeks interns that demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of low-income and diverse populations.

Schedule/Hours:
10-20 hours/week;  Monday – Friday. Some availability needed on evenings and occasional weekends.

Supervision:
Individual supervision provided weekly.

Inquire Online:
Shalina Wozny | HR@outreachcommin.org |  www.outreachcommunity.org