Who is eligible for an internship at Children’s Bureau?

We accept applications from any undergraduate or graduate students seeking a practicum or internship that is related to their academic degree or fulfills their school requirements. We will only accept students as interns if they will receive academic credit for their internship(there is a separate process for volunteers maybe have a link here?)

Applicants must meet the following qualifications and conditions:

  • For direct service internships, applicants are enrolled in a CACREP-accredited program.
  • Applicants are supervised and monitored by faculty and field instructors on an ongoing basis during their internship.
  • Applicants are required to fulfill a specific time commitment for their internship/practicum.

What internship opportunities does Children’s Bureau offer?

Most of our opportunities are working with children, adult, and families involved in child welfare. We offer the following internships at our Indianapolis offices as well as outer county office as available including Terre Haute, Plainfield, New Whiteland, Connersville, Muncie, and Anderson.

Master’s level direct service positions:

For these positions, you will be interacting directly with our clients in one of our following programs:

  • Substance use education & outpatient treatment
  • Domestic violence survivor counseling & advocacy
  • Mental health counseling for individuals, couples & families
  • In-home family preservation counseling
  • Children’s Shelter or Courage Center (emergency shelter care for youth)
  • Foster care and/or adoption programs

 Bachelor’s level direct service positions:

  • Survivor Advocacy
  • Case management in home-based programs
  • Community resource centers
  • Foster care and adoption
  • Children’s Shelter or Courage Center (emergency shelter care for youth)
  • Older youth services program

* Associate’s level students are precluded from direct service internships.

NOTE: For confidentiality reasons, our agency does not permit interns to conduct counseling and therapy with our clients on a one-to-one basis. We do permit interns to record or videotape counseling and therapy sessions with our clients with the client’s permission.

Indirect service positions:

  • Communications & Development
  • Business Support
  • Human Resources
  • Facilities
  • IT

When can I intern at Children’s Bureau?

You can intern at Children’s Bureau during the school year fall, spring, and  summer semesters for a total of one or two semesters. When you interview you can discuss your timeline for semesters and what days/hours you are available.

How do I apply for an internship at Children’s Bureau?

  1. Each semester all openings for the next semester will be posted on the website. Apply online to the posting(s) you are interested in.
  2. When the director of the program has compiled applications, they will call students in for an interview.
  3. Once placement has been offered and accepted, human resources will set up a time to complete background checks. These must be completed prior to your first day.
  4. Attend group orientation for employees and interns.

Where can I find the internship application form?

To apply for internships, click here to complete application.

What are the deadlines for submitting my internship application?

Applications will be accepted until all positions have been filled.

If you have general questions regarding the Children’s Bureau internship program, please contact Jennifer Widmer at