"Education may open doors, but experience gets you in."
The Bridge is committed to providing opportunities for students to gain meaningful experience through a variety of internship opportunities. Experiences range from an introductory 10 hour observation through full time year-long internships. The primary goal of the internship program is to provide the student with real world learning experiences.
Community Service Learners are introduced to the human service field with a 10-20 hour learning experience. Students are able to observe and participate in groups and milieu activities.
Bachelor Level training focuses on milieu therapy, skills groups and introduction to various individuals with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities. A minimum of 8 hours/week is expected at the undergraduate level.
Master Level internships are designed to provide students with a more intensive experience in milieu treatment, individual therapy, family and group therapy, clinical consultation, treatment planning, clinical documentation, individual and group clinical supervision, crisis intervention, case management, and collaboration with the greater mental health provider system. A minimum of 12 hours/week for 9 months is expected for Master Level placements.
In addition, due to the implementation of Evidence-Based Practice Models throughout the agency, students wishing to focus on a specific model of treatment are able to do so. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Illness Management and Recovery (IMR), Supported Education & Employment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cognitive Restructuring for Psychosis, and Wraparound, among others. See Treatment Models for more information.
All Community Service Learning Opportunities, Bachelor or Master Level internships are coordinated through our Training Department.
Interns are eligible to attend professional development trainings offered by the Bridge's Training Institute. Click here to view the current workshop listing.
"As a student in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at Assumption College, I completed my internship here at The Bridge and could not have asked for a better experience. It not only confirmed my interest in the field, but it helped me grow in many ways so that I can better help others.
My supervisor went above and beyond my internship needs. She not only guided me but helped me explore. Through trainings, shadowing staff, attending various meetings, and participating in individual and group counseling with individuals served, I was able to learn so much and develop the skills I needed to achieve my career. I always felt supported here and still do.
I now work as an Employment and Education Specialist here and I love it. Helping others achieve their own career goals is truly rewarding."