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Clinical Internships

Pillars Community Health has a long, well-known commitment to clinical student training. We currently only offer internships in Behavioral Health Services.

All of our clinical internships require that the applicant be enrolled in an educational program that aligns with the internship. If you are interested in and qualified for any of these internships, we encourage you to apply. Please read the information below in full; if you have questions that are not answered here, email jobs@pchcares.org (we ask that you do NOT call or inquire in person with internship questions).

Click here to read an interview with the director of the internship program to learn more about our approach to student training.

Undergraduate Internship

For students enrolled in an undergraduate Social Sciences program

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Opportunities
Potential opportunities in Access and Referral and Addictions Services. Availability for undergrad internship positions is reviewed on a case by case basis.

Schedule
Pillars Community Health can collaborate with the intern to set a schedule.

Placement and location
Depends on the service provided and available slots.

To apply
Please email jobs@pchcares.org and include: a) a cover letter describing your interest in the position and Pillars Community Health, and b) a resume or CV.

Advanced Masters-Level Internship

Ideally for second-year students enrolled in a masters-level Social Work, Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy program.

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Applicants can begin sending their applications as early as January 15, 2018. Interviews and offers are extended on a rolling basis.

Outpatient opportunities
Individual, family, group, or couples therapy; assessments and treatment planning; home-based or community-based treatment

Schedule
Requires 24 hours per week, July-May.

Placement and location
Depends on the service provided and availability at each site. All applicants must be able to attend mandatory trainings on Fridays mornings each week at 6918 Windsor Avenue in Berwyn.

To apply:
Please email jobs@pchcares.org and include: a) a cover letter describing your interest in the position; b) a resume or CV; c) a writing sample of 1-2 pages to give us a sense of your writing abilities on a topic you’re interested in; d) graduate transcripts (unofficial are fine); and one (1) letter of recommendation from either your professional or academic experience.

Advanced Psychology Doctoral Practicum

For students enrolled in a doctoral clinical psychology program.

Application window
Typically applicants can begin submitting applications in February. We abide by ACEPT guidelines—stay tuned to their website for details.

Opportunities
Individual, family, group, or couples therapy; assessments and treatment planning; psychological testing cases; possible informal supervision to student interns and participation in outreach or research

Schedule
Requires 24 hours per week, July-June.

Placement and location
Berwyn or Western Springs

To apply
Please email jobs@pchcares.org and include: a) a cover letter describing your interest in the position; b) a CV; c) graduate transcripts; d) two (2) letters of recommendation; and e) a writing sample (testing report).

Doctoral Internship

Pillars Community Health participates in The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium (CIC), an APA-accredited training program which provides opportunities for students enrolled in a doctoral clinical psychology program.

The CIC participates in the APPIC Match. Applications for the 2019-2020 training year are due November 23, 2018. For details, see The Chicago School Community Internship Consortium in the APPIC Directory and a description of the internship and Internship Manual at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology website.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Pillars Community Health has offered formal Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Psychology. Such positions have often focused on the provision of clinical services while developing skills in administration, supervision, and management. We are not currently offering a position for 2018-2019, but may offer such fellowships in the future. If interested, please email jobs@pchcares.org to inquire about availability. For a description of past fellowship positions, please see the fellowship description at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology website.

Other Internships

If you are seeking an internship that does not fit the criteria for the above options and wish to inquire about the possibility of doing that internship at Pillars Community Health, please email jobs@pchcares.org and specify the type of school/degree/certification program you are in (for example, “I am working on my CADC”), possible time commitment (for example, “16 hours per week for the Fall Semester”), and any supervision or training requirements you may have (for example, “1 hour per week of individual supervision with an LCSW”). We will do our best to let you know if such a position may be feasible, but please note we may not be able to respond to all inquiries.