Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare’s unpaid internships are for individuals interested in careers in community-based integrated healthcare. Internships are designed to provide mentorship, experiential learning, opportunities to develop new skills, and exposure to nonprofit management. Some interns will have specific job roles while others will have project-based responsibilities. While interns work under the direction of a single supervisor, they may have the opportunity to work with people throughout the agency.

As an intern, you’ll have:

  1. Cascadia BHC orientation
  2. Exposure to various departments/divisions within Cascadia
  3. Access to training and workshops on topics including Mental Health First Aid, Gender 101, Trauma-Informed Care
  4. Mileage reimbursement, if the internship requires you to travel to multiple Cascadia sites

Internship details

  • Types: observational medical rotations, practicums, internships
  • Length of program: The official start and end dates of each internship term are dependent on the position and the student, therefore students start on a rolling basis. If an intern completes their necessary hours before the official end date (which is established between the student and Workforce Development Administrator), the internship will be completed at that point.
  • Number of positions available: 7-25 depending on the academic year.
  • Compensation: Unpaid

Eligibility

All internships must be formally established with a university/college/training program within the community via an affiliation agreement/contract with Cascadia. If you are a university/college not listed below and would like to partner with Cascadia for internship placements, please contact intern_inquiries@cascadiabhc.org

  • Health Professions
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Human Nutrition
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychiatry Rotation
  • Masters of Social Work
  • School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership
  • School of Occupational Therapy
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Physician Assistant Studies
  • School of Professional Psychology
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • Occupational Skills
  • Gerontology
  • School of Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Human Physiology
  • School of Social Work
  • Counselor Education Program
  • School of Public Health
  • Federal Work Study Program
  • Department of Social Work
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Chiropractic
  • School of Nursing
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Assistant
  • Counseling Psychology
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Requirements & expectations

In order to be considered for an internship, each individual must:

  • Pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC): Interns shall receive a Criminal Background Check (CBC) through Oregon’s Department of Human Services via Cascadia’s Human Resources Department (at no cost to student). Placement at Cascadia is contingent upon submission of results of required CBC.  Prior to receipt of a student’s final fitness determination, if students receive preliminary approval, they may be engaged in orientation, training and work activities that do not include unsupervised contact with those receiving services. Students disqualified by DHS/Background Check Unit (BCU) will be immediately disengaged from placement.  The student’s placement may be reinstated if an appeal is processed by DHS/BCU and the disqualification is reversed. Please see FAQs for more info on the CBC.
  • Earn academic credit/satisfy a degree requirement.
  • Follow and adhere to Cascadia’s confidentiality requirements, including the federal Health Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Cascadia’s client confidentiality policies, including any and all applicable Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) which support client confidentiality.
  • If accepted into an intern position, complete Cascadia’s onboarding process, including agency orientation and student/intern documentation.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a commitment to helping underserved members of our communities.

Application process

Internships will be posted on the Opportunity Directory. The posting will remain open until filled. After applying, selected candidates will be contacted for a phone screening. Candidates selected to move forward will then be invited to an in-person interview with the intern supervisor.

To apply for an intern position, you will need the following:

  • Have intern position title available
  • Information on internship/practicum placement requirements (number of hours required, length of internship needed, etc.)
  • Complete the full application process in order to be considered for a position

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