Become an Intern: Internships with the Association for Individual Development are learning experiences guided by an AID supervisor, occur during a specific agreed upon time frame, and provide benefits related to an intern’s education, coursework, or career goals. AID appoints internships for summer, fall/winter and spring semesters (or a combination of), as established prior to the start of the internship and depending upon the program and school requirements.

AID strives to ensure that all interns receive an educational and valuable experience while engaging with our team of employees. We expect interns to not only obtain valuable skills and learn about AID’s services, but also gain further insight into their professional interests. Interns will build professional relationships, and act as integral members of their respective programs.

Interns may be eligible for a stipend upon the completion of the internship.

Eligibility Requirements for College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

  • Intern applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university
  • Intern applicants must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Intern applicants must possess the skills and minimum requirements outlined by individual placements within AID

How to Apply:

  • Review internship positions (below) and specific requirements
  • E-mail the completed internship form (download below) AND your resume AND a copy of your most recent school semester transcript to Maureen Spradlin: mspradlin@aidcares.org

When to apply:

  • Fall and summer intern applicants should apply by March 1st for the next summer or fall.*
  • Spring intern applicants should apply by November 30th of the previous year*

*Internship applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Application Form

Internships Available:

Activity Support Intern – Bachelor Level – Disabilities Studies, Rehabilitation Services, Human Services, or Related Degrees

Activity Support Day Program Interns will be working with our client populations who have developmental, physical, and/or behavioral challenges. The internship would provide learning opportunities in a variety of settings: classroom, vocational and community, which would include client program implementation, documentation, production, training and community employment. This position is perfect for students pursuing bachelor level education in disabilities studies, communication studies, rehabilitation services or human services careers.

Applied Behavioral Analysis Intern - Bachelor or Master Level

The Applied Behavioral Analysis Intern will learn, observe and assist with all facets of AID behavior services provided for clients in residential, day, vocational and community settings. Activities may include, but are not limited to, assistance with: functional behavior assessments, development of behavior service plans in conjunction with the assessment, follow up to assure implementation of and continued need for behavior service plan, collection of date, staff training and attendance at client meetings.

Participating as a member of the service team, the Applied Behavioral Analysis Intern must meet and adhere to the needs and standards of the individualized programs. The Applied Behavioral Analysis Intern must operate within the framework of the AID philosophy, goals, policies and procedures.

Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level degree program.

Behavioral Health CST (Community Support Team) Intern - Bachelor or Master Level - Social Work

The Behavioral Health CST intern will learn, observe and assist with all facets of AID CST services provided to clients. This includes the provision of mobile emergency crisis intervention services and community support and engagement services. Services are provided primarily in the community, including local hospitals, other agencies, shelters and client homes. Interns are expected to work with a team of AID staff, as well as other service providers within the agency and throughout the social service community to insure that all needs of clients are met.

Must be enrolled in a graduate level social work or counseling degree program.

Behavioral Health Crisis Line Intern - Bachelor Level – Human Services, Counseling, Psychology, Criminal Justice or a Related Degree

For internship consideration in AID’s Crisis Line area, you must be willing to commit to a minimum of one year; internship and volunteering combined.

AID’s Crisis Line provides assistance to persons with a wide variety of needs and concerns:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness
  • Substance Abuse

Callers are linked to appropriate referrals in their community. Interns must be able to be available for extensive training. Applications are accepted all year for two training programs, one in March and one in September.

Must be enrolled in related undergraduate level degree program to apply.

Behavioral Health Intern – Social Work, Human Services, Counseling – Bachelor Level

Bachelors level interns in our Behavior Health area will learn, observe and assist with the development and implementation of individual programs to maximize the client’s independent community living skills and reduction of symptoms of mental illness. Interns will provide documentation on clients in accordance with DHS and CARF. Advocate for and maintain rights of clients that are served. Maintain and assure that all aspects of internship work involved comply with all applicable federal, state and accreditation standards. Internships are available in both our residential as well as out-patient areas.

Must be enrolled in an undergraduate level degree program to apply.

Behavioral Health Intern - Social Work, Counseling – Master Level

Masters Level Internships are available in our out-patient areas, which may include AOD-CADC, as well as in our residential area. Interns will learn, observe and assist with the development and implementation of individual programs to maximize the client’s independent community living skills and reduction of symptoms of mental illness. Duties may include: assistance with behavioral therapy, counseling and intervention services as well as all documentation. CADC interns must be enrolled in a current CADC program and will assist with the development and implementation of individual treatment plans to maximize harm reduction and move the client towards abstinence from mood altering substances. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team to consult regarding clients’ needs.

Must be enrolled in a graduate level degree program to apply.

Behavioral Health Victim Services Intern – Bachelor or Master Level Social Work, Counseling, Criminal Justice or a Related Degree

Behavioral Health Victim Services Interns will learn, observe and assist with the provision of crisis intervention to victims and families in emergency or crisis situations. Also includes education to the community, police and other service providers.  Must live within 30 minute drive of Aurora, Illinois and be available evenings and weekends, bilingual (Spanish) is a plus.

Must be enrolled in related undergraduate or graduate level degree program to apply.

Corporate Marketing and Communications Intern – Bachelor Level

Marketing and Communications Interns will learn, observe and assist with many facets of marketing, fundraising, communications and public relations and will involve working with specific targeted groups both external as well as internal to the organization.

Must be enrolled in a related undergraduate degree program to apply.

Health Information Technology Intern – Bachelor Level

Health Information Technology Interns will gain exposure and practical experience in the application of theories and concepts acquired in an educational setting in field of health information technology. Activities and exposure opportunities may include management of health information including data collection, organizing, analyzing, maintaining, protecting, reporting, filing/scanning and indexing. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a related post high school educational program.

Human Resources Intern – Bachelor Level

Human Resources interns will learn, observe and assist with all facets of our human resources department including: recruitment, compensation and benefits, employee relations, payroll and intern/volunteer services.

Must be enrolled in an undergraduate level Human Resources degree program.

Health Services Dietetics Intern - Bachelor Level

Health Services Dietetics Interns will learn, observe and assist with assessment and coordination of clients’ nutritional needs. Responsibilities may include observation and assistance with nutrition assessments, menu planning for residential clients, dietary consultation with clients, teaching nutrition and food sanitation to clients and staff, assuring facilities meet food sanitation standards, and assuring agency compliance with all applicable program, agency and regulatory requirements.

Must be enrolled in an undergraduate level degree program in dietetics/nutrition.

Not For-Profit Management Intern - Bachelor or Master Level

Not For-Profit Management Interns will assist in various duties related to all aspects of resource development including but not limited to: sourcing and securing financial resources from individuals, corporations, philanthropic organizations, and other targeted sources, assist with the annual fund solicitation, planned giving program, capital campaign and special events. May assist with the development and creation of media that may include publications, web content, video, etc., advertising, communications, public relations, special events and promotions and fundraising.

Must be enrolled in a related undergraduate or graduate level degree program.

Program Support Admissions Intern – Bachelor Level – Disabilities Studies, Rehabilitation Services, Human Services, Office Administration or Related Degrees

The Program Support Admissions Intern will assist in the admissions process of new clients into   AID’s programs or residences through interviews and assessments. The intern will interact with prospective clients, families, and guardians which may include giving tours of AID facilities. Activities may include file set up and maintenance, data entry, filing/scanning and indexing. May provide placement or referral services to prospective clients.  Exposure activities may include representation at community events, such as schools, libraries, and other venues.  Exposure and participation with case management of current clients may also be included. This position is perfect for students pursuing bachelor level education in human services, disabilities studies, rehabilitation services, or other related degrees.

Public Health Intern – Bachelor or Master Level

Public Health Interns will have a program customized to their interests and education by rotating through selected departments at AID, as developed with their supervisor and the school’s requirements. Depending upon their rotations, interns may gain exposure and practical experience in: assisting with learning opportunities, working with individuals in various settings, client program implementation and trainings, assisting with internal activities of quality assurance and enhancement at AID, compiling reports of health outcomes data for clients in Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities services; maintaining reports and records for compliance with applicable federal, state and accreditation standards, data collection, organizing, analyzing and maintaining record management, needs analysis, development and implementation of health related programs for clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, human resources, nutrition and dietetics for clients, OSHA and safety, resource development, public relations, communications and special events and projects.

Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate level public health degree program.