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Student Internship
Applications for Fall 2017 being accepted now through June 15th  

The Norfolk Department of Human Services is pleased to offer non-paid opportunities to students enrolled in a human services or other related field of study at an accredited college or university.

Student Internship Objectives
The Norfolk Department of Human Services recognizes the important role we play in serving as a training site for area colleges and universities. Where feasible, we encourage supervisory staff to make use of students to serve as non-paid employees within agency programs and to foster the workforce development efforts of institutions of higher learning.

Internships offer us the opportunity to ensure that future professionals will enter the human services field with a sense of responsibility, dedication and commitment, ready to make a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve. The hard work and energy that we put into making your internship experience successful will pay off in dedicated professionals who may, one day, wish to return to our department as employees.

Student Internship Qualifications
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must pass a criminal and a child protective services (CPS) background check(this may take six weeks to process; you cannot begin until you are cleared).

A limited number of internship placements are available. The placement process, described below, is selective to ensure that each intern gets the most out of his or her experience:
  • Applicant will submit online application, an email resume and cover letter to .      
  • Applicants will receive a confirmation email regarding their submission within 5-7 business days from the receipt of their resume and cover letter.   
  • Each submission (application, resume, and cover letter) will be reviewed by the placement coordinator and an informal interview will be scheduled. The informal interview consists of meeting with the placement coordinator to discuss career interest, experience, availability, internship requirements and responsibilities.        
  • Once interviewed and if selected for a potential placement, a second interview may be scheduled with an internship placement supervisor or Program Manager.
  • Once an applicant is selected for placement, he or she will need to complete a Criminal and Child Protective Services background check and drug screening prior to starting their internship (must be completed 4-6- weeks prior to start of internship).   
  • Applicants not selected for placement will receive an email notifying them of other possible internship opportunities.     .

Required Application Information

Email resume and cover letter to . If any of the required information is missing, your application will not be processed. Please call 757-664-7719 to follow up on your application. 

Thank you for considering the Norfolk Department of Human Services for your internship! Internships are for Norfolk Department of Human Services and not the City of Norfolk.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer applications are reviewed and accepted on a project-specific basis. As projects become available, we will post the need for volunteers. Please check this website periodically for volunteer opportunities.

Contact Us
Student Internship Information
Deanna Powell-Brickhouse
Ph: 757-664-7719

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