CSB Student Internship Opportunities
Thank you for your interest in interning with the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB). The CSB partners with individuals, families and the community to empower and support Fairfax-Falls Church residents with or at risk of developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and alcohol or drug abuse or dependency. Our vision is that everyone in our community has the support needed to live a healthy, fulfilling life. In achieving our mission and vision, we value and respect the people we serve and provide quality services while being accountable in all that we do.
Our definition of "intern" is an individual in either a practicum or internship placement within the agency completing who is completing specific requirements under supervision for academic institution.Internship differs from a Residency, which is defined as an individual who has completed a Master's program in psychology, social work or related field and is seeking supervision and clinical placement for state licensure or certification. Contractual agreements must also be in place in order to accept a student from a given school.
Our programs and departments provide internship opportunities for individual and group work in prevention, outpatient, day treatment, outreach/engagement and residential treatment settings, as well placements in the central services, administrative and Executive offices. Our internship opportunities change frequently, and most of our internships are unpaid. If you are interested in seeking paid positions with CSB, you can review available positions and apply online. We interview interns at any time during the calendar year, and students should apply at least 2-4 months prior to the start of their placement, whenever possible. Historically more applicants apply than there are placements available. The internship program is a competitive process and student candidates are selected based on academic performance, applicable experience and professional skills which match the needs of the placement.
Applications are now being accepted for practicum and internship for summer 2016 and Fall 2016-Spring 2017 clinical placements. Currently due to capacity there are no residency placements at this time.
Applicants will submit resume/CV, application and written academic program requirements for internship. Applicants should expect to participate in at least two interviews and provide reference information including previous employer and training sites. All communications, both written and verbal, during the application process will be considered as part of the application packet. Conditional offers given based upon satisfactory completion and results of all required references, background checks, and TB screenings. The cost of these requirements is incurred by the CSB.
There are currently several types of internship/preceptorship opportunities in the CSB:
- Undergraduate and graduate level internships in counseling, clinical psychology, social work, pastoral counseling, forensics, human services, substance abuse counseling, physical therapies, speech and language therapies, occupational therapies, MPA, MPH and health systems management.
- Nursing Preceptorship, including Advanced Practice-Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Preceptorship.
- Psychiatric Residency
- Clinical Psychology Externship
At this time, Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Residency opportunities are not available.
If you are unsure which program is the appropriate one for which you should apply, contact VIVA Program Manager Cynthia Miller (703-799-2847, TTY 711) to complete an application and VIVA program staff will consider you for an appropriate program.
Please do not apply unless you are taking a class requiring an internship or are completing a professional credential requiring an internship or residency.