Case Management / Career Development Intern (Summer or Academic Year)
Outreach Community Services (OCS)
OCS provides supportive, community based programs including youth development, family case management, job training, career education, college preparation and work opportunities.
Employment Opportunity Center (EOC)
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 managers directly provide 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.
The intern will serve alongside of the casework team and progress towards carrying a small caseload. The intern will become familiar with resources within the community, advocate for participants, learn to implement appropriate interviewing and assessment skills, and work with clients on developing and reaching attainable goals. The intern will provide transportation for participants and will assist with enrollment, collecting documentation, and maintaining participant files. The intern will also learn to complete reports for department performance evaluation and grant requirements and will have the opportunity to assist with grant administration if desired. The intern will also assist with the enrichment of the career development course content and will plan and facilitate activities in coordination with the course instructor.
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.
BA/BS or MA/MSW 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.
10-20 hours/week; Monday – Friday.
Some availability needed on evenings and occasional weekends.
Individual supervision provided weekly.
Hannah Sims | HR@outreachcommin.org | www.outreachcommunity.org