Colorado “I Have a Dream” Foundation has been approved as a field placement site for all three Colorado Universities with a Graduate School of Social Work as well as University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education’s Master of Counseling Psychology & Clinical Psychology programs and are eager to expand our partnerships with other Colleges and Universities as well.  

We provide Internship opportunities to approximately 10 trainees who are working on their advanced degrees in a mental health field.  Combined, our interns have provided nearly 5,000 hours of service to support the social and emotional health, mental health, and overall well being of the youth we work alongside youth and families in the southwest and far northeast of Denver 

Our treatment methods use a holistic approach to enhance the development of social-emotional learning and therapeutic practices are able to consider the whole person and therefore are able to meet each child’s unique and individualized needs.  We are committed that each youth who receives our services will go from surviving to thriving.  We emphasize the use of best practice methods for social and emotional learning and therapeutic interventions rooted in trauma-informed care to create an avenue to improve overall success in the classroom from kindergarten through early adulthood, at home, in the community, and beyond. We believe that it is vital for the success of the program that we form a trusting relationship with each student and their families as well as the other stakeholders who support them.

The internship program is divided into two parts. The first is the Social and Emotional Learning Track which will be available to first-year graduate students in the field of social work or bachelor level social work students.  The second is the Behavioral Health Track and will be available to second-year graduate students in the field of social work or graduate students in the field of counseling.

Social and Emotional Learning Track-  

 The intern will: 

  • Participate in the educational opportunities to families and caregivers on developmentally appropriate milestones – specifically in the area of healthy expression of emotions and needs.  
  • Secure resources to address food insecurity, housing, medical needs, etc. 
  • Manage a small caseload of children between the grades of kindergarten – fifth.  
  • Provide 1:1 and small group sessions addressing social and emotional skills via a curriculum.  
  • Participate in case conceptualization with the larger team

Behavioral Health Track –  

 The intern will: 

  • Manage a small caseload of children between grades six through post-college. 
  • Work alongside the youth and their families providing therapeutic services using the methods of play-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral (among others, if necessary) all with a strengths-based perspective and a trauma-informed approach.  
  • Facilitate small therapeutic groups for youth and families enrolled in the CIHAD program

Intern Candidates who will be given preference include:

  • Minimum of beginner level knowledge on child development and behavior
  • Experience working with youth from a diverse and underrepresented background
  • Understanding of systems 
  • 2nd Year students must have at least one year of experience working in a clinical setting in order to participate in the Behavioral Health track.  Consideration will be given to 2nd-year interns who would like to participate in the Social and Emotional Learning track.
  • An unwavering belief that all students can be successful
  • Record of accomplishment contributing to an organizational culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong team player
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop strong relationships across a diverse spectrum of stakeholders
  • Great communication skills (written, verbal, non-verbal)
  • Fluency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish highly preferred

If you have any questions please email Aimee Alcorn, LCSW (Director of Clinical Services) at aalcorn@cihadf.org

If you would like to apply for an internship position Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation,  please click here

Timeline of Fall 2021 Field Placements:

Applications will be open between February 1, 2021 and March 15, 2021.  

Interviews will be conducted between March 15th and April 14th.  All applicants will be notified by April 15, 2021. 

Timeline of Spring 2022 Field Placements:

Applications will be open between September 1, 2021 and October 31,  2021.  Interviews will be conducted between November 1, 2021 and November 15, 2021.  All applicants will be notified by November 20, 2021.