The Child Witness to Violence Project offers internship opportunities for graduate students in social work, psychology and other mental health programs.


The CWVP internship training experience is well-suited for master’s-level students with at least one year of previous internship or experience working with children exposed to trauma or working in early childhood. Interested applicants should:

  • Have a strong desire to work with young children (0-8) and families affected by domestic violence, community violence, or other potentially-traumatic events
  • Hold an interest in learning and using a range of treatment modalities, including child-parent psychotherapy, play therapy, family therapy, and caregiver guidance
  • Be able to devote 20-24 hours per week for a full academic year or 16 hours for a full calendar year; and
  • Possess interest in working with diverse populations

CWVP serves a multicultural, urban population. Students whose ethnic/cultural background and language skills reflect that of our clients are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internship Description

In addition to providing therapy to children and families impacted by trauma, trainees will receive weekly individual supervision and will participate in training and seminars on pertinent clinical topics. In addition, trainees participate in clinical team meetings, present case formulations to multidisciplinary audiences, and engage in CWVP’s weekly intake clinic. Other training opportunities may be available based on a trainee’s interests and availability of staff to coordinate.

How to Apply

Resumes and cover letters must be received by January 8th, 2024. Please email all resumes and cover letters to Ashley Schiffmiller, Senior Grant & Administrative Program Manager, at  

All applicants should receive a confirmation email within one week after submitting their resume and cover letter.