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Applied Internship Sites

The Applied Internship Program provides students in a number of great Internship opportunities. Listed below you can find information on each site.

Hays-Caldwell Women's Center

The Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center (HCWC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization which offers free, short-term (up to six months) counseling and advocacy services to victims of family violence, dating violence, sexual assault and child abuse who reside within the Hays County and Caldwell County area of Central Texas. HCWC also educates the community on the primary prevention of sexual assault and parenting. HCWC is headquartered in San Marcos and has offices throughout our service area.

Day in the Life: Interns may do any of the following tasks: Prepare and clean-up materials for groups; research and plan therapeutic activities; assist Shelter staff with day-to-day functions; help plan special events; partner with parents to coordinate the best care for the child; assist in distributing supplies; answering the help-line calls.

Hays County Juvenile Probation

The department is responsible for directing the personal and social adjustment of young people referred by the court or intake section of the juvenile department. The department is also ascertains the need of each probationer and provides services designed to fit those needs and alleviate the casual problems. Ultimately the department is concerned with ensuring the orders and rules of the court are followed by each probationer.

Day in the Life: Interns will ride along with probation officers for school visits and home visits. In addition to this hands on experience interns will gain administrative experience by working in the office as well.

Mendez Elementary School

The purpose of the Internship at Mendez Elementary is to help students develop self- awareness, and learn skills needed in everyday life. Help is provided for students that have conflicts with other students, dealing with family problems, as well as for students who need assistance with academic problems and need tutoring to succeed.

Day in the Life: Interns read through Mentor logs of their interaction with Mentees to see if there any problems academically or behaviorally. Logs are then organized to folders. Interns may be assigned to make fliers using computer software to distribute in the classrooms. Mentors have lunch with students and talk with them about school, home, and interests. Making a connection with student by being a good role model both and outside of school is very important! Interns may also assist with Mrs. Niemic in mediating with student conflicts.

ResCare Premier

ResCare Premier Texas is a unique group of interrelated treatment facilities that together form a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals with brain injury and other neurological disorders. We specialize in neurobehavioral rehabilitation, transitional rehabilitation and long-term support services. ResCare Premier Texas is GARF accredited.

Our seven treatment programs create a supportive environment that allows individuals to transition to more independent settings, stop along the way to fully master newly acquired skills, or step back to practice challenging tasks. This continuity ensures that progress is never interrupted and that each person experiences success at his/her own pace. With transitions to more independent settings, higher level skills are addressed. Individuals may be admitted to any program along the Continuum.

ResCare Premier Texas is led by a treatment team with over 100 years of combined experience in brain injury rehabilitation. Our functionally based residential settings offer active treatment from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm, seven days a week. The rehabilitation environment includes: cognitive rehabilitation (for memory, attention, organization, initiation, planning, and problem-solving skills), behavioral management to include social skills, conflict resolution, and stress/relaxation groups, individual licensed therapies (when indicated), group therapy, psychological counseling, substance abuse counseling/programs (where indicated), medication management and training, and pre­vocational training/support. Treatment also includes weekly health team rounds (Medical Director and Manager of Medical Services), monthly/quarterly outcome plan review meetings, and family training.

Rural Talent Search

The mission of Rural Talent Search (RTS), a U. S Department of Education funded TRIO program, is to encourage students in grades 6 through 12 to graduate from a secondary program and enter a post-secondary program of study. Program staff works with students attending selected schools in Hays and Guadalupe counties. Students are offered college prep workshops, college and career exploration, admissions and financial aid assistance, and academic success assistance to improve their personal development.

Day in the Life: Depending on whether we are in the office at Texas State or on campus at San Marcos High School we either have a hands-on experience with the students or learn about the administrative side of things.

Strengthening Relationships/ Strengthening Families

The mission of the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families program is to enhance adolescent parents’ well-being and strengthen their families by assisting pregnant and parenting adolescents in building and maintaining healthy and productive lives and personal relationships. Interns help administer group sessions and case management under the supervision of a trained program facilitator. This internship requires the majority of the work to be completed onsite; therefore intervention interns will be assigned to a school and program facilitator prior to the beginning of the school year. Students will then assist the Strengthening Relationships/Strengthening Families Program Facilitator in conducting concurrent 14-week sessions and case management at one of the PEP programs in New Braunfels, San Marcos, Kyle/Buda, or Austin. These sessions will cover topics such as creating realistic expectations about relationships, developing conflict resolution strategies, healthy co-parenting, developing a budget, and making healthy choices for their future. The interns/practicum students will also assist with additional activities as outlined in their internship contract.

We offer Intervention Internships at eight sites across Central Texas: four that take place primarily on Tuesdays & Thursdays and four on Wednesdays & Fridays. Interns will be assigned to one site and expected to be available between regular high school hours on the two days per week that they are assigned to their internship.

Upward Bound

The Texas State Upward Bound Program provides low income and first generation high school students with academic, cultural and personal support for the purposes of high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and lifelong success.

Day in the Life: A day in the life of an Upward Bound intern will vary depending on the schedule you create for yourself. Three times a week for two hours there are tutoring sessions at the three high schools we serve. Also have the opportunity to attend staff meetings, Academic Saturdays, and college visit with our students. There is time also spent in the office preparing for tutoring, forms, documents, and other events.