Internships

Internships in many of our programs are available for applicable course credit. Resumes and cover letters must be submitted with a list of availability to Volunteer Services by e-mail at estieber@ccano.org Last updated: September 23, 2019. 

If seeking college credit, a contract will be required from your college or university. This process can take 1 week to 3 months, so please plan ahead for time sensitive internships. 

Internships are also available to non-students looking to make a commitment to service or gain experience in the non-profit field. 

Available Internships: 

Homeless Services - Excellent opportunity for MSW students
 Location:   Incarnate Word     8326 Apricot Street     New Orleans, LA         Carrollton Area

Intern will assist case managers with responsibilities of housing single individuals that are challenged with mental health and/or substance abuse issues; accompany and assist case manager on home visits; identify community resources; direct and refer clients to relevant resources within the agency and in the community; research, updates and distribute resources and outreach material; develop community partnerships; maintain thorough records of progress, contacts and program goals and outcomes; and provide administrative support to one or more Housing & Homeless Services programs. Position available as a supervised MSW internship by a licensed LCSW for graduate students working on their MSW. 

Schedule: Must be available between 9 AM and 5 PM Monday-Friday, minimum 20-24 hours per week.


Health Guardians Program -Excellent Opportunity for future MD or MPH students!
 Location:   Incarnate Word     8326 Apricot Street     New Orleans, LA        Carrollton Area

The intern will assist the site director with the creation and implementation of support groups for clients dealing with homelessness as well as other health issues. Two to three more groups will be created with topics such as recovery and a gender specific group for women. Intern will assist with creating the materials and the curriculum for these groups. They will also assist case managers with client files and documentation, as well as undertake admin tasks (filing, purging charts). Strong organizational and professional skills are needed, prior experience with challenging populations preferred. Ideal for a undergrad or grad student in public health, social work, or similar field. Schedule: Flexible, Mon-Fri from 9 am – 5 pm. Appx. 10 hrs/week.


Health Guardians Program Health and Wellness Group Support Intern-Sacred Heart
Location:   Incarnate Word     8326 Apricot Street     New Orleans, LA         Carrollton Area

Intern will work under the direction of administrative staff (Director of Client Services).  Health Guardians is an integrated program focused on deterring clients from frequenting the Emergency Room. The intern will have the opportunity to network extensively with hospital physicians, administrators, and social service agencies. This role requires performing challenging duties (similar to that of a Patient Navigator) to help clients navigate the Healthcare system. Candidate must possess critical thinking skills, time management, and excellent interpersonal skills.


Immigration/Refugee Services - Community Outreach Intern
 Location:     2505 Maine Avenue       Metairie, LA           Near Metairie/Kenner Parish Line

The intern will work closely with Immigration and Refugee Services Outreach Coordinators to help develop outreach materials, carry out outreach activities and recruit and train volunteers to support Immigration and Refugee programs. He/She/They will also help carry out evaluations and needs assessments across all programs and client bases, and assist in launching a new program supporting immigrant youth through the Unaccompanied Minors Program.

Schedule: Flexible Monday-Friday (9am-5pm), ideally with weekend and evening flexibility; 10-15 hours a week minimum commitment


Immigration/Refugee Services - Education Advocacy Intern
Location:     2505 Maine Avenue       Metairie, LA           Near Metairie/Kenner Parish Line

The intern will work closely with the Education Advocacy team to support initiatives for increasing access to information about higher education within the immigrant and refugee population in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. Responsibilities include:

o   Researching the college process and requirements for immigrant, refugee, undocumented  and ESL students in Louisiana

o   Researching programs and information that local schools and organizations may already be distributing

o   Compiling and organizing resources for students with mixed status in their higher education pursuits

o   Creating a manual for students and parents with information about the college application process

o   Creating presentation materials and leading presentations in the community

o   Collaborating with community partners to distribute materials, resources and information

o   Creating training materials for volunteers and mentors interested in supporting students with mixed status apply for college

o   Supporting an advocacy strategy to increase access to information about higher education in schools for immigrant, refugee, undocumented and ESL students and parents

Must have strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintaining effective and professional work relationships. Must have effective research and organizational skills. Must be able to work independently. Student or community member with an interest in social services, education and higher education, social policy and practice, or immigrant and refugee issues highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Arabic, Amharic, Haitian Creole, Tigrinya, Burmese, Spanish or other languages valued. Must have own transportation.

Schedule flexible: M-Th from 9:00 to 5:00 pm; minimum 4-8 hours a week


Immigration/Refugee Services - English as a Second Language Intern
 Location:    2505 Maine Avenue       Metairie, LA              Near Metairie/Kenner Parish Line

The intern will work closely with the ESL Program staff to supplement program activities and enhance services to the students. Responsibilities include: creating and implementing individual success plans for students based on specific educational needs; assisting in entering student data and information into various tracking systems, running reports regarding student and classroom performance; creating and implementing motivational strategies to encourage student success; developing and managing relationships with community-based partners and/or organizations according to expressed student need; attending ESL group events; developing and maintaining thorough records of methods for measurement and improvement of student success and a curriculum effectiveness. Students with an interest in adult education, ESL or immigrant services highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Arabic, Amharic, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish or other languages valued.

Schedule: Flexible: M-F from 9 am – 5 pm minimum 8 hrs /wk.


Immigration/Refugee Services - Family Literacy Program Internship
 Location:   Immigration Services     2505 Maine Ave     Metairie, LA         

The Family Literacy Program is a new initiative launching this year that will provide immigrant and refugee families with English literacy and cultural competency courses. This class is designed to be more accessible to immigrants and refugees serviced by CCANO thanks to its inclusive family focus and open, flexible structure. The program will be the first of its kind offered by CCANO to address the literacy needs of both adults and children. We are currently in the early stages of conceptualizing, tailoring, and developing this program, so there is room for the intern to have a considerable creative and strategic impact. The intern will work closely with the Refugee Services and ESL Program staff on a variety of projects, including program research and development, assessment of community specific needs, program participant data collection and analysis, community partner outreach, lesson plan design, and development and maintenance of relationships with community partner organizations. The ideal candidate is a motivated individual who can think creatively and strategically and is passionate about helping others and achieving genuine impact. The intern should also have strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintain effective and professional work relationships. Student with an interest in social services, education, language teaching/tutoring, psychology, social policy and practice, or immigrant and refugee issues highly encouraged to apply. Proficiency in Arabic, Amharic, Haitian Creole, Tigrinya, Burmese, Spanish or other languages valued. Schedule flexible: M-Th from 9:00 to 5:00 pm; minimum 8 hours a week


Immigration/Refugee Services Program Intern
Location: 2505 Maine Ave Metairie, LA

The intern will work closely with the Immigration and Refugee Services Program staff to supplement program activities and enhance services to the clients.  Responsibilities are wide-ranging and depend upon intern’s skills and interest, but may include: assisting with the implementation of a cultural or legal orientation program; organizing group events; developing and managing relationships with parishes, universities, and community-based organizations; designing more effective client intake processes and program monitoring tools; assisting in entering client information into various tracking systems; running client services reports. The intern may also be involved in grant research and grant writing to support and expand the services of each program. He/she must have strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to maintaining effective and professional work relationships.  Student with an interest in social services, social policy and practice, or immigrant and refugee issues highly encouraged to apply.  Proficiency in Spanish, Arabic, Burmese or other languages valued.

Schedule: flexible, Monday-Friday (9 AM – 5 PM) with possible evening or weekend workshop time.


Immigration/Refugee Services - Unaccompanied Children Program Clinical Support Intern
 Location:    Metairie/Kenner      

 CCANO’s Unaccompanied Children’s Program serves unaccompanied immigrant children who were temporarily in custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and reunified with sponsors. Clinical interns will provide services to these children who are identified as most in need. The position involves contact with children from Central America and their families, with a special focus on youth who have suffered abuse, abandonment, neglect, or other trauma, and who require support services in conjunction with legal representation. Intern will: provide clinical, supportive, and crisis counseling services; individual, group and family therapy as necessary; manage a caseload of approximately 12 clients for short-term therapeutic services; implement appropriate, evidence-based, clinical interventions based on client’s developmental stage and presenting problems; write thorough and appropriate case notes and maintain an organized file for each client; conduct psychosocial assessments, screenings for PTSD and other disorders, participate in clinical assessments for asylum cases; utilize individual and group supervision effectively to improve skills; and more. Qualifications: Spanish reading, writing and speaking fluency or near-fluency required; experience with or interest in working with immigrant children and families in a clinical setting; ability to work with a culturally diverse population; strong interpersonal skills, verbal and nonverbal communication skills, and attentiveness to detail; ability to prioritize duties in a fast-paced environment. Volunteers must be a Tulane or University of Holy Cross counseling or social work student, or a trained/certified LCSW or LPC.

Schedule: flexible, Monday-Friday (9AM-4PM) with some possible evening workshop support.


Institutional Advancement - Communications Intern
 Location:     1000 Howard Ave     New Orleans, LA       

The communications intern will work under the Communications Coordinator. They will help produce marketing materials, one-sheets and flyers that showcase the programs of CCANO, and assist with ordering marketing materials. Intern will also assist in the creation of social media posts, both in the gathering of media and info, as well as copy writing. Other duties as assigned. Intern should have good professional interpersonal skills, knowledge of social media and current social media trends, the ability to write well and clearly, excellent grammar and experience with Microsoft Word/Publisher. Should have own transportation. Candidate must be a college student – option for course credit for Tulane students. This is an unpaid internship. Schedule: Flexible, must be available between 8:30 am and 5 pm Monday-Friday for between 10 – 15 hours per week. A minimum of 3 month commitment is required.


Institutional Advancement - Research and Data Intern
Location:    1000 Howard       New Orleans, LA

The research and data intern will work with the Grants Manger to design and implement a client tracking model. They will help produce and conduct a phone survey of individuals and/or families who have participated in 1 or more of the 30+ programs of Catholic Charities. The intern will research best practices in data collection of this kind while working to create a tool that will be used to track the impact of services on individuals/families, for continuous quality improvement. The intern will then begin implementing this tool with past clients. Other duties as assigned. The intern should have good professional and interpersonal skills, the ability to communicate with a wide variety of people, the ability to write well and clearly, and experience with the Microsoft Suite. Good fit for students in social work, or with an interest in non-profits, community building and/or concepts related to program m evaluation. This is an unpaid internship.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learning to be representative of an organization (CCANO), carrying yourself professionally with both previous clients and CCANO staff
  • Experience building and using effecting communication techniques and strategies with different audiences
  • Experience building, using and analyzing basic data collection tool

Develop technical writing skills via data analysis reports and survey question development 

Schedule: Flexible, must be available between 8:30 am and 5 pm Monday-Friday for between 5-20 hours per week. A minimum of 3 month commitment is required


Office of Justice and Peace - Parish and Community Services Intern
Location:    2022 St. Bernard Avenue       New Orleans, LA

The Office of Justice and Peace works in areas related to social and economic justice including workers’ rights, rights of ex-offenders and those entangled in the legal system and options for poor and vulnerable persons. Intern will work closely with the Division Director on special projects and administrative tasks. This could include outreach phone calls and letter to parishes, analysis of parish outreach data and summaries, working with Communications Director on fully utilizing social media, working with the Office of Justice and Peace to support the work of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and Catholic Relief Services. Assist with researching and developing the advocacy network for Catholic Charities. Candidate must possess critical and creative thinking skills, time management, and good verbal and written skills. Interest in social services and families required. 

Schedule: flexible, Monday-Friday (9 AM – 4 PM) with some possible evening workshop support.


Project SAVE (Stopping Abuse through Victim Empowerment)
 Location: Central Business District

Law Student Interns: Current law students or lawyers needed to assist lawyers in legal proceedings. College Junior/Senior internship positions are also available: Students must be mature and committed in their interest in domestic violence.


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