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 bachelor's 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 a fast-paced, community based integrated healthcare setting.
LCHC has been working with social work schools for almost 10 years offering a variety of experiences for students. We offer supervision in a 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 a formal statement of interest and your resume to Nicole Milano, program director and internship coordinator.
Case Management and Health Education - Maternal and Child Health
The Maternal Child Health division is committed to reducing the rate of low birth weight babies 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 intakes 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, 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. Concentration level students ONLY.
Case Management and Health Education - HIV/AIDS
The communities we serve are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS. Our HIV/AIDS division is committed to providing excellent and competent care to our HIV positive adult patients. LCHC also focuses on increased screenings in the community and with our patients as early detection, linkage to care and treatment of newly diagnosed individuals is critical if we are going to achieve viral suppression, reduce risk of transmission and help people live longer, healthier lives. As an intern, you will work alongside the HIV multidisciplinary team which includes medical case managers, HIV nurses, medical providers and pharmacists. You will be trained to offer rapid HIV testing and counseling. In addition, you will learn how to complete intakes and enrollments of transfer patients and potentially newly diagnosed individuals. Students will provide case management services to a small caseload of patients and are responsible for completing assessments, providing health education, brief counseling, support, referral and follow up. Students may be required to do home visits and/or outreach attempts. Students will assess for and address social issues and concerns. Students will intervene with patients at multiple levels. Concentration level students ONLY. Students may be asked to submit 1-2 letters of recommendation.
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. Interns will be responsible for connecting the patient to LCHC’s on-site services 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 - Smoking Cessation Program for Pregnant Women
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 quit 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.
- 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 will work on a multidisciplinary team alongside social workers, psychologists, medical providers, nurses and care coordinators.
Email Nicole Milano your resume and statement of interest.
Tentative timeline for academic year 2018-2019 placements:
- Accepting applications through March 1
- Interviews will take place March 5-March 16
- Candidates will be notified by March 23 and have until March 30 to confirm