Student Internships
Student Internships
US-IA-Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids, IA
Position Details

Student interns assist by supporting the agency mission and values at Four Oaks. We offer both Direct Care and Administration Internships across the state of Iowa. Through an internship at Four Oaks, students will gain experience that will help them transition into productive young professionals.  


Direct care internship:
Residential Treatment, School Based Programs, or Community Engagement


General duties:

  • Assist program with consistent, ongoing, and timely provision for basic client needs.
  • Provide help with homework, recreational activities, reading, hobbies and computer skills.
  • Participate in therapeutic groups and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients at all times.
  • Attend inter-disciplinary meetings to review case progress and provide the best care for clients.
  • Familiar with individualized case plans as deemed appropriate by supervisor.
  • Understands impact of client’s behaviors and their own interactions.
  • Learns and utilizes a proactive/preventative method of intercepting problems to neutralize situations before they escalate, and involve primary staff whenever necessary.
Qualifications & Program Information


  • Must be pursing a degree in Social Services such as: Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Social Psychology, Social Work or other Human Services related areas.
  • Strong socialization skills and/or experience working with children is desired.
  • It is expected that an instructor from the student’s respective college/university acts as a liaison between Four Oaks and the school to ensure required education components are fulfilled. If selected to complete an internship at Four Oaks, your experience will be customized to your needs and areas of interest.


Please attach a cover letter and resume along with the application. 

At Four Oaks, we believe that every child needs the opportunity to succeed. It’s more than our mission – it’s the passion that permeates everything we do. Four Oaks has grown to become one of the state’s largest agencies devoted to child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health. We recognize that children come to us from a variety of circumstances, which makes it important for us to reach kids and families where they are right now. For that reason, we provide prevention, intervention and treatment programs and services.

Although we work with more than 15,000 kids and families in all 99 counties each year, each child is unique and treated as a single, special someone who needs some kind of support. Children may come to us with psychiatric and emotional problems; they stay with us until they feel secure. Some have been in trouble with the law, get into drugs or ran away from home; that’s when we work with them to teach them a better way to live. Others have challenges in the classroom; we teach them in a way that works for them. And when kids need a safe, secure home, we find foster care or a forever family.

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