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Internship Opportunities at ChildServ

Founded in 1894, ChildServ, a private, non-profit agency, has helped more than 130,000 at-risk children and their families build better lives and reach their potential. Our community-based, comprehensive programming, including counseling, foster care and adoption services, early childhood education, home day care, and trauma prevention and intervention serves vulnerable children and their families throughout Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake counties.  

At ChildServ, we embrace the need to foster and prepare the next generation of social service professionals. Our Agency's internship program, in partnership with colleges and universities throughout the country, has a long history of placing students in challenging, meaningful positions that fulfill their college or graduate-level requirements.

Please note: All ChildServ internships are unpaid.

As a ChildServ intern, students will gain valuable, real-world experience while supplementing and enhancing their academic studies and working toward professional goals.

The following is a list of internship opportunities available:

  • Therapy/Counseling of Children & Families
  • Foster Care Case Management
  • Community Development Including Advocacy & Analysis
  • Resource Development and Fundraising
  • Marketing and Event Planning
  • Child Care Education
  • Human Resources
  • Information & Technology
  • Group Homes Treatment Including Education & Recreation Therapy
  • Volunteer Services
  • Program Evaluation/Outcomes
  • Quality Improvement

Interns will participate in ChildServ's New Employee Orientation to learn about the agency and gain insight into topics such as safety and risk management, quality improvement, code of ethics, mandated reporting and cultural diversity. Interns will also have opportunities throughout their tenure to participate in agency in-service trainings, which address a wide range of issues.

In consultation with their supervisor, interns will develop a Learning Contract/Agreement, defining the students' educational/professional goals, daily on-site assignments and requirements, supervision and other areas of importance. Regular supervision is an important component to the internship - helping the student both engage and learn from a professional and explore their own strengths and weaknesses.

Prior to starting, all interns must complete the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Background Check Form and be fingerprinted as mandated by the Child Care Act of 1969. Interns are also required to have a current tuberculosis (TB) test and physical on file.

Interested candidates can email their resume and cover letter to Bebe Bermudez at or send via US Mail to:

Attn: Ms. Bebe Bermudez
Human Resources Manager
8765 W. Higgins Road
Suite 450
Chicago, IL 60631 

For more information or if you have questions or concerns, please contact ChildServ's Human Resources Department at 773-867-7306.