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Social Services Internship


This internship is for candidates who are enrolled in the University of Utah School of Social Work and working towards their Master's Degree in a behavioral health field. This position is responsible for the facilitation of clinical work under the supervision of the practicum field instructor. These clinical responsibilities will include patient screening, assessment, treatment/discharge planning and group facilitation. This position will allow for students to practice and perfect their skills that will be required for graduation.

Program overview:

The Mental Health First Responders (MH1) is an after-hours mobile, crisis support program for students living in Housing & Residential Education (HRE) buildings that operates seven days a week from 4pm-2am. MH1 can provide field practicum hours in the evenings and on the weekends. Qualified interns will receive crisis intervention training, crisis response planning training, weekly case management supervision, weekly supervision, weekly team meetings, program development, workshop development, outreach to campus, and exposure to group therapy. This field practicum positions come with a stipend. Practicum hours are typically evenings and weekends 5pm-12midnight. Specific schedules will be dependent on candidate’s availability.

Corporate Overview:

The University of Utah is a Level 1 Trauma Center and is nationally ranked and recognized for our academic research, quality standards and overall patient experience. Our four hospitals and seventeen clinics provide excellence in our comprehensive services, medical advancement, and overall patient outcomes.

As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA


  • Complete assigned readings or other assignments.

  • Facilitate a psycho-educational group independently.

  • Co-facilitate therapy groups under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional.

  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary staff meetings.

  • Complete clinical documentation under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to complete work in a timely fashion, balance training goals with clinical demands.

  • Must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

  • Knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development.

  • Ability to assess data regarding the patient's status and provide care as described in the department's policies and procedures manual.

  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality; observe all University of Utah Health, State of Utah and Federal privacy requirements.


Qualifications Required

  • Advanced standing status (2nd year student) or one year of graduate school in related discipline.

  • Internship authorization and coursework verification.

Licenses Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate work that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects while providing patient care to those requiring psychiatric care.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Walking

Multi-lingual Candidates Welcomed

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Last Updated: 3/27/24