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HOST HOMES NEEDED! We are currently seeking volunteer Host Homes.

Read more about our Open Doors program and our need for safe, temporary shelter for the youth who have run away or are at risk of running away in Tompkins County. You can help!

Work Study Opportunities

We offer select work study opportunities for special projects throughout the year. For more information, contact Tammy Wheeler, Office Manager, at (607) 273-7494.

Internship Opportunities in Youth Services

Family & Children's Service of Ithaca offers two different therapeutic mentoring internship opportunities working with youth during both the school year and the summer.
  • Our sibling support program pairs a student intern with a sibling of an identified Dispositional Alternatives Program (DAP) client, to provide wraparound support to a family experiencing crisis.  Students and volunteers have the benefit of working side by side caseworkers as well as independently with their identified youth.  
  • Our Rural Outreach Program (ROP) pairs student interns as therapeutic mentors with children who have some emotional or behavioral challenges and also live outside of the city of Ithaca.  This is an ideal position for an advanced undergraduate student with some background in psychology, sociology, social work or other human services to experience rapport building, treatment planning, and case management with children and families.  

​The F&CS Intern Supervisor has extensive experience in family development and empowerment, casework, and developing mentoring relationships.  All youth service programs are under the oversight of a licensed Clinical Social Worker.

For all positions a reliable vehicle, willingness to transport youth in your car, and ability to pass state background checks are required.  Mileage reimbursement is provided.

School Year:

To be matched 1-1 with a child we require a minimum 4-6 month commitment and two semesters are preferred and will be given priority.   Interns who are interested in a one semester internship must be hired previous to the beginning of the semester in order to ensure that they have the minimum time commitment.  One semester interns are also strongly encouraged to start early or extend later past the official semester start and end dates if possible. 

School year internships vary between 5- 16 hours per week (with flexibility to the student’s schedule).  A mandatory team meeting Monday at 9:30 am is included, also at least 1 afternoon, Monday through Thursday, generally between the hours of 2:30 and 5:30 pm.


Work 12-15 hours a week with youth, between the ages of 7-17, with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Interns aid in the facilitation of social skill and recreational groups, exploration of community resources, and serve as mentors.  Interns also aid in transporting of children to activities.

The internship is approximately 12 weeks, running June through mid August. Hours tend to be Monday 9-11 am, Tuesday 8:30-12 noon, Wednesday 12:30-3:30 pm, Thursday 8:30-12 noon, but are subject to finalization in May.  A small stipend is available for summer internships.

​We work with undergraduate and graduate students to develop field placements, internships, and  community work study positions.  Community volunteers are also encouraged. 

If you would like to learn more about DAP & ROP internships, please contact Jessica Brown, Intern Supervisor, at (607) 273-7494.


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