The internship program at Board of Child Care (BCC) provides students the opportunity to gain work experience, develop skills, make professional connections, strengthen their resumes, learn more about the field they are pursuing, and assess their interest and abilities. Many interns go on to secure employment at BCC following completion of their degrees. To ask a general question about the internship program, please e-mail email@example.com.
BCC offers internships in the following programs:
- Outpatient Mental Health Clinic (Maryland)
- Regional Navigator Program (Maryland)
- Residential Program (Maryland)
- Strawbridge School (Maryland)
- Wraparound Program (West Virginia)
NOTE: BCC has locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, however only certain sites have internship slots open. You’ll have an opportunity to note which locations and programs you’re interested in on your application.
Fields of Study
- Case Management
- Child Welfare
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Human Resources
- Human Services
- Non-Profit Operations
- School-Based Therapy
- Social Work
BCC has blessed me with the amazing opportunity to work as an intern in the Caminos program. Since starting my internship in September I have learned so much from the both the children and the staff. I have learned more about the legal side of immigration for youth who travel to the United States and how BCC helps them once they arrive at the Caminos program. The diverse population of children in the Caminos program has also opened my eyes to things that I had never been exposed to in the past. These children have experienced more hardships than most of us will experience in a lifetime. Being involved in such a diverse program has contributed immensely to the experience I need in order to continue with my career in social work and it is also inspiring how dedicated the BCC staff is to helping the children be successful. I am so grateful that I am able to be a part of the program during my internship.
~ Cassie Rickrode, Youth Care Worker
My name is Rigel Moore, and I am a current Master of Social Work Student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Through my employment at the Board of Child Care, I’ve gained the opportunity to complete my foundation year of internship at the Strawbridge School. While interning at the Strawbridge school under LCSW-C Nikole Boston, I gained clinical knowledge and experience through our rigorous learning agreement contract. Within this contract, I’ve gained clinical exposure through various aspects of the Social Work profession. One of my roles as a Social Work intern, I obtained a clinical caseload of youth, providing both group and individual therapy prescribed to each youth via IEP. I’ve completed data analysis, psychological assessments, and clinical evaluations, to name a few educational areas. My first year of foundation classes corresponded directly with my Strawbridge internship, which allowed me to utilize skills from the classroom into the field.
Lastly, there are many positive aspects of pursuing an employment-based field placement at the Board of Child Care. First, the convenience of the location and caseload flexibility between programs takes the stress off any full-time working student. BCC’s licensed therapist provides excellent supervision to internships as well as expertise. As a Strawbridge intern, I was able to form new professional relationships. I gained direct exposure to areas that will help me not only better my future career as a Social Worker but will assist me in my everyday work here as an employee.
~ Rigel Moore, Case Manager
I started out at the Board of Child Care as an intern in both the finance and HR departments. Working in the finance department gave me an idea of what to look forward to after graduating from college. I was also able to spend a good amount of time within the HR department. My supervisor was very encouraging and more than willing to work around my school schedule. Interning at the Board of Child Care helped me meet many employees within the organization who I now interact with daily. I learned how the organization runs while assisting with various projects with different departments. Being able to get a taste of both the financial aspect and HR regimen allowed me to become more well-rounded within the organization. Without interning at the Board of Child Care, I don’t think the transition from intern to employee would have been as easy for me.
~ Kristen Filsinger, Payroll Specialist
While completing my internship at the Strawbridge School I have learned a great deal about clinical social work within the school system. Nikole Boston has gone above and beyond to teach me critical skills needed to be a successful therapist and social worker. I am grateful to work for an agency that supports my education and professional goals.
~ Megan Henrion, VOCA Intensive Case Manager
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What options does BCC offer in terms of internship length?
This varies by program and internship type. Most BCC internships span one or two semesters.
What does onboarding and training look like for interns at BCC?
All BCC interns complete a general BCC onboarding process, and then program-specific trainings are assigned based on their internship assignment. Masters-level clinical interns are trained on clinical assessments and therapeutic interventions that are used in their assigned programs.
How will BCC meet my academic program’s internship requirements?
Through the intern candidate screening process, BCC will ask for the internship requirements to ensure that those requirements can be met before the intern is accepted. Once accepted, the intern will be paired with a BCC internship supervisor who will guide them through their internship experience at BCC.
Can I complete an internship remotely?
All BCC internships require an in-person commitment. Some programs may offer limited remote hours.
Can BCC employees complete internships for the programs in which they work?
This varies by program and is determined collaboratively between the employee’s supervisor and their internship supervisor.
Can I become a BCC employee after my internship?
Yes, we encourage interns to apply for open positions and have many BCC talent who were previously BCC interns!