Be part of a dynamic culture of professionals who provide hope, healing and justice for abused children.

Thank you for your interest in completing an internship at the Will County Children's Advocacy Center. An internship with us provides a unique opportunity to gain an increased understanding of the child welfare and criminal justice system, the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, and questioning strategies utilized in a forensic interview. Please note that our selection process is highly selective.  All internships are unpaid; bicultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and thorough application that illustrates their qualifications, character, and commitment to: cac@willcountyillinois.com. The internship title must be in the subject line. NO PHONE CALLS.

Family Advocate Internship

Provides advocacy, crisis intervention, and short-term case management services to child victims of sexual abuse and their families. Interns conduct a thorough assessment of the child and the non-offending caregiver’s mental health and social functioning and make any referrals necessary to meet identified needs.

Minimum Education Requirement: Working towards completing a Master's degree in Social Work, and at least 1 year of experience in social services, criminal justice, or related field. Bilingual (English-Spanish) students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Behavioral Health (Clinical) Internship

The Behavioral Health Intern partners with children, families, the multidisciplinary team, and community resources to provide well-coordinated, timely, compassionate and exemplary, individual and group counseling services – under the direction of our on-staff Behavioral Health Specialist.

Minimum Education Requirement: Must be enrolled in an accredited, clinical mental health counseling graduate program. Bicultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Public Relations - Communications Internship

Primarily focused on producing strong content and messaging in a wide range of formats, including print, email, web and social media. The successful candidate will assist in crafting, implementing and executing development communications for annual fund campaigns, social media and web exposure, cultivation and stewardship programs, plus event-specific fundraising efforts and external presentations to corporations and community groups.

Minimum Education Requirement: Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in public relations, marketing, communications or journalism. Knowledgeable in use of social media platforms; computer experience and knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, InDesign, Photoshop and WordPress. Bicultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Fund Development Internship

Primarily focused on special events management; with opportunities to participate in different facets of marketing and fund development, including donor cultivation and stewardship, community outreach and database management.

Minimum Education Requirement: Current enrollment in a Bachelor's degree program at an accredited college/university. Bicultural and bilingual Spanish-speaking students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Help us continue to provide hope, healing & justice for abused children.

Last year, the Will County Children's Advocacy Center served more than 430 Will County children (and their non-offending family members) who were sexually abused, severely physically abused, or who had witnessed a violent crime.

Children who have been victimized, and receive services are less likely to: abuse drugs or alcohol, grow up to become victims of domestic violence, become involved in some sort of criminal activity, suffer from depression, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder, and/or develop suicidal ideation and self-harm.

Your financial gift can make a profound difference in changing a child’s life.