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"Working at Big Brothers Big Sisters has been an incredible experience. I know my coworkers genuinely care about each other and are passionate about our mentoring mission."
A great way to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and learn about human services case management is through an internship. The McHenry County Agency currently accepts intern applications in undergraduate and graduate level courses to work alongside our Staff.
Interested applicants should email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- If the internship is for a undergraduate or graduate degree
- The internship length requirements
- The semester/season(s) the internship needs to occur in
If you have questions, please call 815-385-3855 to speak with an Agency Staff member.
Undergraduate (B.S.W) Internship
Students obtaining their Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, or other human services related majors can apply to intern with Big Brothers Big Sisters to learn and understand case management by assisting program staff.
Intern case management includes, but is not limited to:
- Referrals, inquiry, and orientation
- Eligibility Determination
- Match Recommedation
- Closure of Cases
- Record Keeping, Documentation
- Maintenance of Confidential Records
"This was my first real experience that wasn't reading about helping kids from a textbook. I appreciated all the support and guidance that everyone gave me, as well as the friendships I formed here. Thank you to everyone that has made interning here so much fun and enjoyable - this year flew by!" - Kyle, past intern
"I love the mission for Big Brothers Big Sisters and thought it would be a great opportunity to work with kids. If I ever had a question about anything or wanted to be involved with something, the staff was there to help lead me in the right direction." -Shelby, past intern
"Being an intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County gave me a large range of experiences, leadership opportunities, and aided in my overall development as a future social worker. This learning environment was welcoming and supportive. I am very thankful for my time with this program!"
Graduate Social Work (M.S.W.) Internship
Students who have acquired a Bachelor's Degree and are working toward a Master's Degree in Social Work (M.S.W.) can apply for an internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Graduate level interns gain experience in mentoring, school-based preventation, crisis intervention, deliquency intervention, and child welfare.
Development & Marketing Internship
Students looking for experience in marketing, fundraising, public relations, and/or event planning are invited to apply for an internship with the Development Department. Depending on the area of interest, interns will receive hands-on experience assisting the Development Manager with different facets of Marketing, Fund Development, and/or Event Planning.
The Development Internship includes opportunities to learn about donor cultivation, stewardship, sponsorship relations, and database management, as well as assist with event-planning.
The Marketing Internship includes opportunities to research, design, and/or create recruitment materials, fundraising documents, as well as manage website and social media content for the agency.
Work alongside the Executive Director to observe and practice nonprofit Executive skills, increase organizational knowledge, and more. Interns will work with the Executive Director to learn about strategic planning, market share research, and interpersonal skills.
- Fall Semester: July 15
- Spring Semester: November 1
- Summer Semester: April 1