Set up your internship by contacting the listed contact person at any of the following agencies. You will be assigned a supervisor at the site. Together, you will decide on your internship responsibilities and a project that will help you work toward your own educational goals.
An agency internship is meant to be an educational experience for you. Agencies who have been approved as internship sites have agreed to have student interns because they are committed to your education and to your professional development. They are willing to spend time and energy to make this the best possible learning experience for you. They understand that you are there to further your own educational development, not primarily to assist the agency. You should never have sole responsibility for a client, nor should you transport a client in your own vehicle unless an agency staff is also present, you have the appropriate auto insurance, and you feel comfortable doing it. You should always feel free to ask for help or to decline assignments that make you feel uncomfortable.
Be mindful that the safety and well-being of clients may dictate your agenda for the day. For that reason, it’s recommended that you build in some extra time now and then in anticipation of days when clients’ needs necessitate that you leave early or not attend.
DDHS PARTNERS IN THE LOCAL AREA
Baroco: Day Habilitation (Hadley)
Baroco: Day Habilitation (Springfield, West Springfield)
The May Institute: Adult Services
Riverside Industries: Day Services
ServiceNet: Enrichment Center
The United Arc: Adult Services Program
Behavioral Health Network: Residential/Individual Support
Nonotuck Resource Associates: Residential/Shared Living Programs
Pathlight: Intensive Residential
Pathlight: Residential and Day programs
ServiceNet: Residential Programs
School Program (Pre-K)
School Programs (K-12)
School Programs (Transition age 18-22)
DDHS PARTNERS OUTSIDE THE LOCAL AREA
FIND YOUR OWN INTERNSHIP
See where past students have found internships (you must sign out of your UMass Google account to view this page)