Undergraduate & Graduate Internship Program
Key's Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Program will provide a practical work setting, hands-on experience, structured supervision, and ongoing feedback about your strengths, skills, and potential for growth.
Key’s Internship Program will expose you to a wide variety of experiences and build a bridge between your academic preparation and a practical applied setting.
- Undergraduate-level student interns have placements in Key's residential group homes that serve children/youth involved in MA DCF or RI DCYF.
- Graduate-level student interns may have placements in either a residential group home for children/youth or in a community-based outreach programs for children/youth and their families involve in MA DCF or RI DCYF.
- All of Key's regional office locations across MA and RI offer both residential programs as well as community-based outreach programs.
Intern Experiences Include:
- Participating in actual case studies to learn population, case management and professional documentation.
- Assisting youth with educational and vocational needs.
- Planning and co-facilitating recreational activities and basic life skill groups.
- Participating in programming activities, staff meetings and trainings.
- Observing the network and collaboration of many human services professionals from the Child Welfare, Mental Health and Educational Systems.
- Special projects can be tailored to meet educational or course requirements.
Graduate level interns may have the experiences listed above as well as additional experiences required by their graduate degree program. For example, the following clinical experiences may occur under the direct supervision of a clinically-licensed internship placement supervisor.
- Providing family counseling or therapy
- Conducting psycho-social assessments
- Conducting educational assessments
- Preparing client documentation
- Networking and collaborating with other professionals and service providers in the client's network
Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Placement Requirements:
- The student must be receiving college credits for the internship
- The student must have an intership advisor or professor from his/her college to sponsor and supervise the student's internship placement
- The internship advisor or professor must outline the specific internship requirements on a written internship agreement or letter from his/her college/university
- The student must be at least 20 years of age
- The student must serve a minimum of eight (8) hours per week at the intenrship placement site
1. See the internship location sites below and select your area of choice.
2. Send an email and attached resume to the person listed for the location site you are interested in. In the email, include your required number of internship hours per week and the anticipated start and end date.
3. If you are selected for an interview, you will then complete Key's Internship Placement Application (that will be provided to you at that time).
Undergradate and Graduate Internship Placement Site Locations:
CENTRAL, MA (Location: Worcester, MA area)
Stephen Griffin, Recruiter/Trainer
firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 753-6263
FRAMINGHAM, MA (Framingham, MA - Human Resource Internships Only)
Carol Malone, Recruitment & Training Manager
email@example.com or (508) 877-3690
NORTHEAST, MA (Location: Methuen, MA area)
Howard MacKenzie, Recruiter/Trainer
firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 685-0194
SOUTHEAST, MA and RHODE ISLAND (Locations: Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham, MA and Providence, RI)
Evelyn Payamps, Recruiter/Trainer
email@example.com or (508) 675-0686
WALTHAM, MA - Children's Charter Trauma Clinic (Waltham, MA - 2nd and 3rd Year Clinical Graduate-Level Interns Only)
Norah Hass, Assistant Forensic Director
Nhass@key.org or (781) 894-4307 ext. 13
WESTERN MA (Locations: Greater Springfield, Greenfield & Pittsfield, MA)
Lynn Meffen, Recruiter/Trainer
firstname.lastname@example.org or (413) 781-6485
William G. Lyttle Human Service Professional Award
The William G. Lyttle Human Service Professional Award proudly recognizes those special individuals whose passion is to make a difference in the world around them. Eligible recipients of the William G. Lyttle Human Service Professional Award are Bachelor-level or Master-level graduates who have successfully completed an internship or co-op placement at Key and, upon their graduation, are offered and accept a full-time position at Key. The award of $2,500 is received upon successful completion of a three-month orientation period.
Since the inception of the William G. Lyttle Human Service Professional Award in May 2007, there have been 55 recipients. Of these 55 Award recipients, 25 or 45%, remain working at Key in a variety of different positions. Each day, these former interns continue to make a significant difference in the lives of the children and families they are working with.