Internships at The Children’s Center of Hamden

Thank you for your interest in applying for an internship at The Children’s Center of Hamden! 

Please spend some time on our website to learn more about our programs and those we serve.  The below information will help you to find opportunities that will fit into your schedule and may answer some preliminary questions you may have.

Please be informed that all interns are required to pass a drug screen, be in good health and receive the influenza vaccine.  The Children’s Center of Hamden also completes criminal background checks.

To apply for an internship with one of our programs, please email:

  • your resume
  • an e-mail that introduces yourself and includes the following
    • months of the internship
    • total number of required hours
    • days and times you will be available to complete the required hours
    • an explanation as to why you want an internship at our agency
  • We will contact appropriate applicants for an interview
  • 1st year students who speak Spanish are encouraged to contact Sarah Lockery slockery@tccoh.org

Wakeman Hall: Teenage Substance Use

  • DARC students- contact Renee Hausman, LADC rhausman@tccoh.org
  • Experiences include learning how to use a standardized instrument to evaluate substance use, youth and family engagement, outreach and linking youth to positive community supports, planning and supervising recreational events and outings, plan and co-facilitate group sessions
  • Hours include afternoons, evenings and weekends. Morning hours are available during school vacations

Extended Day Treatment

  • Due to a relationship with Quinnipiac University three 1st year MSW interns are accepted. The placement will focus on learning to facilitate group therapy with children/youth.  This internship also provides learning opportunities in case management. Julie Nesteruk, LMFT jnesteruk@tccoh.org is the contact person.  Laura Mutrie, LCSW is the contact person from Quinnipiac University who provides the preliminary selection of students eligible for this internship from QU.
  • 2nd year Graduate level students- contact Megan Berry, LPC mberry@tccoh.org
  • LCSW, LMFT and LPCs are available to provide supervision
  • Students are taught how to clinically assess and intervene using group, individual and family therapies. By being assigned cases the students learn how to partner with families to develop treatment plans that are built on the strengths and resources of each youth in care.   Case management and clinical documentation are also taught. Students are also welcome to attend treatment teams and weekly consults with the Psychiatrist/Medical Director
  • Hours include afternoons after 2pm and evenings. Daytime hours during the summer and school vacations.
  • All interns are required to attend a mandatory intern orientation at the end of August. Placements begin immediately after.

CARE or SFIT: Short-term Stabilization

  • 2nd year Graduate level students- contact Nelle Manuel, LCSW nmanuel@tccoh.org
  • LCSW, LMFT and LPCs are available to provide supervision
  • Students are taught how to clinically assess and intervene using group and individual therapies. The students assist assigned clinical therapists and learn how to partner with families to develop treatment plans that are built on the strengths and resources of each youth in care.   Case management and clinical documentation are also taught.
  • Hours include afternoons, evenings and weekends. Daytime hours during the summer and school vacations.
  • All interns are required to attend a mandatory intern orientation at the end of August. Placements begin immediately after.

Residential Treatment

START: Subacute Treatment

Casa Rios

Nursing Clinic

Whitney Hall School