Social Sciences Internships

Along with an academic foundation in psychology, sociology and human services, the program gives students the opportunity to explore social science careers through a highly structured set of service-learning experiences that are required of every major. The service-learning experiences and coordinated seminars help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate and provide services for individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Students in the Social Sciences Program learn intervention techniques ranging from counseling skills appropriate for individuals to the implementation of action strategies designed to change social conditions and improve human systems.

Some of the companies Lasell's Social Sciences majors interned for are listed below, along with the intern's responsibility.

Asperger’s Association
This organization provides services to children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome, a disability of the autism spectrum. Interns may assist with groups, legislative advocacy and program planning.

Boston Arts Academy
This is a public high school in Boston for the visual and performing arts. Interns assist the Student Support Team through duties such as mentoring, tutoring and co-facilitating student groups.

Bournewood Hospital
This is a psychiatric hospital that services patients with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Interns work on an inpatient unit with children, adolescents or adults utilizing basic mental health skills with individuals and groups.

Brandon Residential Treatment Center
This facility provides services to males between the ages of seven to seventeen with emotional and behavioral disorders. Interns work in a structured school setting with specialty populations such as children with compulsive behaviors or fire setters.

Brookline Infant Toddler Center
This is a private childcare center for children from age three months to five years. Students assist with all classroom activities on an individual and group basis. They also participate in curriculum planning and may have exposure to administrative duties.

Casa Myrna Vasquez
This agency offers shelter and support services to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Students may work in the transitional program for teenagers providing advocacy and assistance with daily activities.

The Center for Community Based Learning
The Center provides community service opportunities for Lasell students. Interns contact agencies in the community and help students to clarify and complete their service goals.

Charles River ARC
ARC offers services to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Interns may assist in educational, residential, vocational or therapeutic programs. They work with program participants by teaching daily living and job skills in order to maximize their independence.

Chetwynde Health and Rehabilitation Center
Chetwynde provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to geriatric patients. Students may assist with recreational program planning and interact with residents both individually and in groups.

Department of Social Services
DSS provides support services to families where children are at risk for abuse or neglect or where abuse or neglect has been documented. Students shadow experienced DSS workers gaining expertise in duties such as case management, intake assessments and presentations in team meetings.

Department of Youth Services
DYS provides services to juvenile offenders. Interns may participate in treatment planning, case management and case reviews in conjunction with staff for juveniles placed in the community.

Elliot House
Elliot House is a vocational clubhouse program for adults with a history of mental illness. Interns interact with club members individually and may design and implement groups or plan events in partnership with members.

Germaine Lawrence School
This is a residential treatment facility for troubled adolescent girls. Interns are placed in one of their residential or educational programs and function in conjunction with staff to provide a continuum of care to girls with issues such as educational difficulties, substance abuse problems, eating disorders or aggressive behaviors.

Homes for Families
This is a statewide advocacy group whose mission is to end homelessness for families. Interns work on public policy related to homelessness through legislative breakfasts and interaction with media.

John Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton
This is an organization that provides a safe environment for after-school activities for children ages six through eighteen. Interns may provide tutoring as well as create and then implement recreational programs for participants.

Lasell Village
Lasell Village is a retirement community for the elderly. Interns work with healthy, active elderly as well as nursing home patients offering individual support as well as planning educational and recreational activities.

March of Dimes
The March of Dimes provides education and legislative action around issues related to maternal and child health. Interns may work on educational campaigns, assist in conference planning or participate in volunteer recruitment and publicity.

May Institute
This agency provides a range of educational, vocational and residential services for youth ages two through twenty-two with autism and other significant developmental disabilities. Interns assist with a variety of classroom activities in order to promote independent living skills.

Middlesex Juvenile Court
Interns work in a courthouse with high-risk youth. Duties may include supervising administrative cases and interviewing clients on probation.

Mildred Avenue Middle School
This is a public middle school in an urban setting in Mattapan. Intern duties in conjunction with the guidance staff may include developing workshops, mediation between students and administrative tasks.

New Mission High School
This is a high school serving grades nine thorough twelve located in an urban neighborhood in Roxbury. Interns may provide informal counseling as well as assist students with college preparation and various classroom activities.

Newton Community Service Center
This agency provides a range of services to the general population such as childcare and a teen drop-in center. Interns may also work in the Child Abuse Prevention Program teaching elementary school children skills to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and violence.

Newton District Court, Probation
The Probation Department monitors the conditions placed on probationers ages seventeen and up. Interns may observe trials and interviews with probationers and/or defendants.

Newton Public Schools
Interns shadow and assist helping professionals (psychologists, social workers and guidance counselors) in the school with students that require support around educational, social and psychological needs.

Newton Wellesley Weston Committee for Community Living
This program services adults with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities. Interns work in one of the group homes assisting residents with activities of daily living and supporting the development of social skills.

Patriot Trail Girl Scout Council
The Girls Scouts provide programming for girls ages five through eighteen in order to promote healthy development to each individual girl’s potential. Interns may assist with administrative office tasks, co-lead groups or work with court-mandated girls in anti-violence education.

Riverside Community Care
The Riverside Early Intervention program provides services to children with developmental delays or medical conditions from infancy to age three and their families. Interns accompany staff on home visits, observe assessments and family meetings as well as assist with groups.

SPARKS or Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids has a program for children who are living with, or affected by, HIV /AIDS. Interns work in the after school program providing tutoring support, developing recreational and social activities and implementing educational programs.

The Second Step
This is a private non-profit organization that provides transitional supportive services to survivors of domestic violence. Interns may work with volunteers and/or children participating in the program.

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
The Victim/Witness Program is a human service program that provides supportive services to victims, witnesses and their families. Interns are placed in one of the specialized units such as the Domestic Violence Unit. Their duties include direct intervention with victims and witnesses as well as administrative tasks.

Vinfen is a private non-profit organization that services people with disabilities. Interns are placed in one of their programs such as the Gateway Arts program where they serve as teaching assistants in a vocational art program for adults with special needs.

Walker School
This is a residential school that services special needs children ages three through thirteen and their families. Interns may work as a classroom aide or in a residence with children with developmental delays and/or behavioral difficulties in order to promote independent living skills.

West Suburban YMCA
The YMCA services families in Newton and four surrounding communities. Intern duties vary from working in childcare to planning and supervising recreational activities in the after school programs.