Get a jumpstart on your career.

We offer a variety of internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the social services field.

Paid Summer Internships

Every summer we place more than 70 interns throughout our residential programs and group homes in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee. It is a 10-week, full-time, paid position working alongside direct care, clinical and leadership staff. Interns have the opportunity for support and professional development through initial training and weekly consultation with campus leadership.

  • Assist youth with positive development and implementation of individual goals and objectives
  • Attend planning and treatment team meetings
  • Assist in resolving conflicts using Collaborative Problem Solving techniques and role playing
  • Plan and lead recreational activities
  • Facilitate ongoing group evaluations throughout the day for planned activities and responsibilities
  • Develop and lead life skills groups
  • Assist with treatment planning and facilitate individual, group and family therapy alongside licensed clinical staff (Master’s Level only)

Applications for our Summer 2024 Internship Program are available now, and offers are made on a rolling basis until all slots have been filled. The final deadline to apply is April 1, 2024.

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Paid Fall and Spring Academic Internships

Our academic internship program is extremely flexible. We will work with you and your professor to tailor an internship that meets your academic and practicum needs, as well as your class schedule.

At the master’s level, graduate students have the opportunity to:

  • Shadow counselors
  • Assist with clinical assessments and documentation
  • Learn our electronic medical records system
  • Facilitate individual, group and/or family therapy sessions with clinical supervision
  • Participate in treatment team and consultation meetings, as well as receive individual supervision.

At the bachelor’s level, junior- or senior-level students will have the opportunity to:

  • Shadow counselors
  • Assist with clinical assessments and documentation
  • Learn our electronic medical records system
  • Participate in treatment team and consultation meetings
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Fall 2024 Paid Internships are now open.

Click on your location of interest to apply! Please note that some locations are for master’s level students only.

Graduate Level

Recreation Therapy Internships

Youth Villages offers paid internships in our Recreation Therapy Program in Douglasville, Georgia, and Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Work alongside a therapist certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification
  • Learn how to complete assessments and clinical documentation
  • Participate in treatment team planning
  • Get hands-on experience
  • Live on campus in Georgia (subject to availability)

Fall 2024 Rec Therapy Internships


Douglasville, GA

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