internships

Application forms can be downloaded from the links in the application directions at the bottom of this page. Forms can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed (see below).

YSB internships provide valuable “hands-on” experiences working with children, youth, and families in Centre County. The YSB offers full-time and part-time internships in the following programs:

Residential Programs

  • Stormbreak – Interns are assigned to assist with designated cases, assist with individual and group counseling, and provide supervision and care to youth.
  • Zerby Gap Familyworks – Interns are assigned to assist with designated cases, assist with group counseling, and provide supervision and care to youth.
  • Burrowes Street Youth Haven – Interns assist with hotline calls, case management, program activities, therapeutic work including individual and family counseling sessions and provide support, care & supervision to the youth.
  • Independent Living Program – Interns are assigned to assist with designated cases, assist with life skills workshops, and provide supervision and care to youth.

Family Based Programs

  • Family Group Decision Making – In the FGDM program, interns will accompany staff to pre-conference activities with family members & other meetings pertaining to clients and assist with the logistics and planning and preparing for family conferences.   An intern will shadow the FGDM staff initially; observing and discussing the content of the preparation activities leading up to and during the family group conference, until eventually, co-facilitating the family group conference with a FGDM staff.
  • JUMP-The Juvenile Mentoring Program (JUMP) serves low and medium risk youth, ages 12-17, in the delinquency system.  Through mentoring, group activities, community service, and access to curriculum including Victim Offender and Aggression Replacement Training (ART), youth are given practical and social skills intended to help them avoid future delinquent behavior.  JUMP intern duties include scheduling, community service and pro social activities, transporting youth, attending court, and maintaining case files, along with much more.
  • Reunification – Interns will accompany family counselors on visits between parents and children, counseling sessions with parents, counseling sessions with youth, family counseling sessions, and team meetings with other service providers working with the family. An intern will shadow the family counselor, initially observing and later discussing the sessions. Gradually, the intern will help supervise visits between parents and children, with the opportunity to co-conduct some counseling sessions with a family counselor by the end of the internship. Interns will be also be responsible for completing the required paperwork which accompanies the position.
  • Parenting Plus – Interns accompany Parent Educators on home visits & other meetings pertaining to clients. An intern will shadow the Parent Educator initially, observing and discussing the content of the home visit following the meeting. Gradually, they will begin co-conducting the home visit with a PE, with the opportunity to independently conduct a home visit with the supervision of a PE by the end of the internship Interns also assist in completing the required paperwork which accompanies the position.
  • Declutter-Within the DeClutter program, interns will accompany staff on home visits and other meetings pertaining to clients.  An intern will shadow the DeClutter staff initially; observing and discussing the client sessions; until eventually, co-conducting the home visits, with the opportunity to independently conduct sessions with the supervision of the DeClutter staff.

Community Based Programs

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Program – Interns assist with case management, children’s group activities, and volunteer recruitment and training. Some interns choose to serve as a Big Brother or a Big Sister to a Little.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juniata Valley – Interns assist with case management, children’s group activities, and volunteer recruitment and training. Interns will also assist in coordinating public relations and marketing efforts, fund development, and special event coordination.
  • Outreach “Streetworks”As members of the Outreach Team, interns will travel in our Outreach Van to community sites, where they will offer street-based prevention, education, and information which help youth make healthy choices. Interns will also assist with case management, youth activities, and volunteer recruitment and training.
  • D&A/Tobacco Abuse Prevention –  Students will have opportunity to learn the ins and outs of Prevention Science—a modality that decreases the risk factors and increases the protective factors associated with the teenage problem behaviors of drugs and alcohol, teen pregnancy, violence, crime, and school dropouts. Students’ time will primarily be divided between three areas: (1) direct field experience with middle and high school youth, (2) direct field experience with numerous community professionals on several committees and boards, (3) office work, event planning, and curricula development.
  • Youth Centers – Interns provide drug and alcohol prevention activities, literacy activities including homework assistance and daily story time, recreation, street outreach, and assist staff with supervision of children attending Centers during after-school hours. Internships sites are Centers located in Bellefonte and Snow Shoe

On occasion, internships are also available in these additional areas:

  • Administration/Development – Interns assist with various administrative tasks, such as outcome based program evaluation, secretarial duties, database management, public relations, office management, assisting with fund raising events, and performing general office duties.
  • Finance – Interns assist with various finance tasks such as accounts payable, payroll processing, the general ledger, budgeting, account analysis, and in kind donation tracking.
  • Human Resources – Interns assist with various human resources tasks such prescreening applicants, new employee and intern orientation, employee database management, benefits administration, completing all paperwork and background screenings for new staff, policy and procedure review, placing employment ads, and assist managers and staff with any human resources needs.

Interns are supervised by designated program supervisors with additional support being provided by program staff. Individuals who have successfully completed internships with the agency are considered for employment as openings occur.

How to apply…

If you are interested in pursuing an internship with the YSB, please complete and return the following forms: complete the application form yourself, and give the reference forms to three individuals (employers, instructors, advisors, no relatives) who can comment on your skills and ask them to send the forms directly back to us. TO DOWNLOAD, point at file name, click right mouse button once, choose Save Target As, choose an appropriate directory in the next window, and rename the file as needed.

Forms in Microsoft Word format

Intern Application Form
Intern Reference Form

Forms in Adobe Acrobat format

Intern Application Form
Intern Reference Form

When all materials are received, they will be reviewed by program directors that will call you to set up an interview.

Direct questions and application materials to:

Human Resources
325 West Aaron Drive
State College, PA 16803
Phone: (814) 237-2224 ext. 114
Fax: (814) 237-2228
E-mail: humanresources@ccysb.com