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@the-association.org

When to apply:

  • Fall and summer intern applicants need to apply by January 31st for the next summer or fall.
  • Spring intern applicants need to apply by October 31st of the previous year

Internships Available:

Activity Support Intern – Bachelor Level

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, disabilities studies, communication studies, rehabilitation services or human services careers.

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.

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.

Behavioral Health Victim Services Intern – Bachelor or Master Level

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.

Corporate Accounting Intern – Bachelor Level

Corporate Accounting Interns will learn, observe and assist with all facets of our accounting department including processing of invoices, verifying expense coding and authorizations for check requests and purchase requisitions, weekly invoice reports, expense reimbursements as well as back up accounting and finance with accounts receivable and cash receipts/deposits.

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.

Crisis Line Intern-Bachelor Level

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.

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.

Not For-Profit Management Intern-Bachelors or Masters 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.

Public Health Intern – Health Education and Quality Monitoring-Bachelor or Master Level

Public Health – Health Education and Quality Monitoring Interns will gain exposure and practical experience in development and implementation of health related trainings, and working collaboratively with programs to assure completion of assigned trainings. Learning opportunities may include assisting with internal activities of quality assurance and enhancement at AID; compiling reports of Health Outcomes data for clients in BH and DD services; maintaining reports and records for compliance with applicable federal, state and accreditation standards.

Public Health Intern – Health Promotion – Bachelor or Master Level

Public Health-Health Promotion Interns will gain exposure and practical experience in assisting with learning opportunities, working with individuals in various settings, client program implementation and trainings. Learning opportunities may include management of health information including data collection, organizing, analyzing and maintaining record management as well as needs analysis, development and implementation of health related programs for clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Public Health Intern – Project Analysis – Safety-Bachelor or Master Level

Public Health – Project Analysis-Safety Interns will gain exposure and practical experience in the application of theories and concepts acquired in the educational setting of the field of occupational safety. Activities and exposure may include collection, compiling, maintaining, protecting and reporting of data as well as special projects as assigned.