Student Internships / Volunteers

Student Internship

Applications are accepted during the following times:

  • Fall Semester: March 1 to April 15
  • Spring Semester: October to November 15
  • Summer Semester: Not accepting

The Norfolk Department of Human Services is pleased to offer non-paid opportunities to students enrolled in a social work or other human services related fields of study at an accredited college or university. In addition, non-paid employment opportunities are available to students enrolled in finance, accounting or information technology degree programs.


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.


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

The number of internship placements are limited. 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, and email Deanna Powell their resume and cover letter.
  • Applications received before or after the designated timeframe will not be accepted.
  • Once the required information (online application, resume, cover letter) has been received, the applicant will receive a confirmation email.
  • 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 an applicant is interviewed and selected for a potential 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 to 6 to 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 Deanna Powell your resume and cover letter. If any of the required information is missing, your application will not be processed. Please call 757-646-6123 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.

There are no volunteer opportunities available at this time.