Internship Opportunities

Internships at Orchard Place offer college students seeking a degree in social work, mental health, psychology, psychiatry or a related field the opportunity to integrate classroom theory into the world of work. Interns acquire first-hand experience working with emotionally troubled children in an inpatient psychiatric setting while earning college credit. In addition to being a great learning experience, an internship at Orchard Place enables a student to explore future career opportunities. Orchard Place has a good track record of offering full-time employment to those who successfully complete an internship experience.

College students may complete a volunteer internship at Orchard Place at any time during the academic school year. The interns are assigned to be with a group of children ages 10-17 years in the inpatient program. The hours for the internship are flexible to accommodate class and work schedules. Most interns volunteer between 15-20 hours per week including afternoon, evening and weekend hours.

Please see the Milieu Treatment Counselor job description for an idea of what the internship would include.

Interested students should contact the Director of Human Resources to receive application materials. A resume and three letters of recommendation from professors, previous employers or previous volunteer supervisors are required along with the Application for Volunteer Internship. Background checks with the Division of Criminal Investigation, Dependent Adult Abuse Registry, Sex Offender Registry and the Child Abuse Registry are also completed.


Orchard Place-Human Resources Manager
2116 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312
P: (515) 246-3508
F: (515) 246-3599
Email Human Resources