Selecting an Internship Site

To ensure a quality internship experience, the internship should take place in an RHS agency/facility that matches the students’ area of interest and future career goals. Students with minors and/or special interest areas should select an internship consistent with their preparation and interest. Students and internship site staff should review the following criteria to ensure the Internship Coordinator will approve the internship site:

  1. The agency/facility should be well established and recognized as providing professional services to RHS clients. This may be measured by reputation in the community, accreditations (e.g., Council for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals), state licenses, and/or certification. Selection of the site is primarily determined by the student’s interests and learning objectives.
  2. The agency/facility should have professional staff whose members identify with RHS professions. Staff who supervise undergraduate students in the RHS major must have a bachelor’s degree and at least two years of direct clinical experience. Students must ask about supervisor credentials when selecting a site. Students interning in addiction programs should be supervised by a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC), if possible.
  3. The agency/facility should have a variety of RHS programs that offer the intern a well rounded experience and considerable opportunities to work directly with clients with disabilities or human services needs. Internship duties should be consistent with the appropriate degree level the student is working toward.
  4. The agency/facility should provide rehabilitation and human services, and have designated staff willing to supervise the student and work with the Internship Coordinator in designing internship experiences that benefit agency/facility aims and intern goals.