The St. Louis Arc welcomes inquiries from students interested in practicums or internship projects. Each year, practicum students and interns observe, work and learn in a wide range of positions at the St. Louis Arc. Some examples of recent projects undertaken by students are: client and family intakes, quality enhancement, evaluation and assessment, family resource development, leisure program development, and legislative advocacy.
Most students are completing requirements in social work, social sciences, or recreation therapy programs, however, projects in other majors will be considered. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that accepted projects meet all requirements of their school and/or academic program. Practicums and internships occur from Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30. There may be additional opportunities on evenings and weekends, but not enough hours to fill an entire internship requirement.
We are currently accepting applicants for Fall 2018.
Note: Summer 2018 positions are full. Positions in Family Supports and Children’s Services are full for fall 2018.
How to Apply
- Please review the below practicum and internship opportunities
- Complete a Practicum and Internship Interest Form
- Following the receipt of this information, we will be in contact to schedule an interview. Our interview schedule is as follows:
- interviews for the Fall semester occur in March and April
- interviews for the Spring and Summer semesters occur in October and November
- if summer positions have not been filled, we will continue to interview in the spring
Practicum and Internship Opportunities
Practicum and internships are unpaid, temporary positions. Students are considered volunteers and are subject to a background check. Experience working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is preferred, but not required.
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements for their academic program are met.
Social Work Students
We accept BSW and MSW students for both foundation and concentration practicums. Students typically work in Children’s Services, Family Supports, Leisure Services, Employment Services, and Quality Enhancement (prefer concentration students). Depending on the students interests and skills, there may be availability in other areas. Tasks include, but are not limited to:
-resource development and referral
-program development and implementation
-evaluation and assessment
Students interested in Children’s Services will have opportunities to observe and engage in the department, but the entire practicum cannot be done in this area.
We accept students working towards their degree in counseling, but have limited hours available. Students with a flexible schedule are most successful, as our counseling department is small and hours are limited. Tasks include taking part in support and counseling groups for people with disabilities, with some one on one interaction.
Social Sciences (Educational Studies, Psychology, Child and Family Development, etc.)
We accept students working towards a variety of other social science degrees. These students typically work in Family Supports, Leisure Services and Employment Services (including their summer work and volunteer programs for teens).
Communications, Non Profit Management, etc.
These students typically work in our Advancement department with the Volunteer Program or Special Events, or in Quality Enhancement with program evaluation and organizational assessment.
These students work with our Leisure Services. Tasks include program development and implementation, intakes, assessments.
Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy
We are unable to accept students for observation or other internship opportunities within Children’s Services.
This is not an all-inclusive list and other programs and projects will be considered.