Social Work Placements

Social Work Placements

Lawndale Christian Health Center accepts students currently enrolled at ASWB accredited social work schools in the area.  We accept both master’s level students and bachelors level students.  Students from other disciplines may be considered on a limited basis, based on availability.  

Our internships are a good fit for students interested in health care, child and family issues, maternal and child health issues, public health or health promotions/prevention projects. 

LCHC’s has been working with social work schools for almost 10 years offering a variety of experiences for students.  We offer supervision in group and in an individual setting. 

We are looking for students who are excited about the mission of Lawndale Christian Health Center, are excited about their role as a student and are eager to learn, and can demonstrate leadership and take initiative.  If interested in applying for a placement please read the internship description below and email Nicole Milano, program director and internship coordinator a formal statement of interest and resume.

Case Management and Health Education
The Maternal Child Health division is committed to reducing the rate of low birth weight and the infant mortality rate in the communities LCHC serves.  LCHC’s MCH program is committed to improving health outcomes for families.  Research has shown that women who participate in family case management and/or WIC programs tend to have better birth outcomes.  As an intern you will work alongside the case managers and health support workers at the health center.  You will be trained to complete intake’s and enrollments, you will also provide health education to pregnant and parenting families.  In addition, students will provide case management services to a small caseload of families and are responsible for completing assessments, providing health education, brief counseling, support, and referral and follow up.  Students are also required to do home visits.  Students will assess for and address social issues and concerns.  Students will work closely with maternal and child health issues including Medicaid, TANF, WIC, day care, job and work training programs.  Students will intervene with patients at multiple levels.  Ideal for concentration level students. 

Pregnancy and HIV Test Counseling
LCHC offers free pregnancy and HIV tests at all our sites on a walk in basis.  You would provide pre and post test counseling for walk in clients.  You would administer a pregnancy test and/or HIV rapid test, get to know the client and her situation, and assess what services the patient might need.  Intern will be responsible for connecting the patient to LCHC’s services on-site if the test is positive.  Interns will be responsible for health education and risk reduction counseling, referral and follow up for negative tests.  You may be responsible for maintaining a small caseload of individuals or families and are responsible for completing assessments, providing health education, brief counseling, support, referral and follow up.  Ideal for foundation and concentration level students 

Health Education
Women who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy are more likely to deliver a low birth weight baby than women who do not smoke.  Women are highly motivated to quick during pregnancy.  Our smoking cessation program is for pregnant and postpartum women.  Interns will be responsible for implementing our smoking cessation program with our pregnant and parenting women and will meet with patients on an individual basis.  Students will inherit current caseload and be responsible for increasing caseload.  Students will provide assessment and education, brief counseling and support.  Students will participate in evaluation of program. Ideal for foundation level students. 

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) data, one third of American children and adolescents are obese or overweight. The physical, emotional, social and economic consequences of these high rates of obesity are serious.  Childhood obesity is associated with significant short- and long-term health outcomes.  To combat this, LCHC works in collaboration with Lawndale Christian Fitness Center to offer a program called MEND.  This is a 10-week healthy lifestyles program for children ages 7-13 who are overweight and their families.  Interns in this program will work alongside the program coordinator to implement all aspects of the MEND program.  Interns will engage with current and former participants in individual and group sessions.  Interns MUST be able to work Saturdays and some evenings.  Ideal for foundation level students. 

Additional Requirements/Considerations

  • Bilingual English/Spanish students strongly encouraged to apply
  • Current or former residents of North/South Lawndale, East/West Garfield strongly encouraged to apply
  • All student interns regardless of concentration are assigned a macro level or organizational/program level assignment based on student need and agency interest. 
  • All students must be comfortable with doing home visits
  • Students work on a multidisciplinary team

Email Nicole Milano your resume and statement of interest.