Job Opportunities

Social Work Internship (with the Mental Health Division)

Opening Date:
Closing Date:
Job Type:
Internship
Location:

Mental Health Division
600 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Job Description:

The Social Work Intern assists the MHD social worker with case management for indigent clients facing involuntary civil and/or criminal commitment and NGI acquittees committed to the DC Department of Behavioral Health.


Organization Overview:

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) provides and promotes quality legal representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia and thereby protects society's interest in the fair administration of justice. PDS is regarded as one of the best public defender offices in the country—local or federal. It is the benchmark by which other public defender systems often measure themselves.

Division Description:

The attorneys with the Mental Health Division of PDS are appointed by the court to represent indigent clients facing involuntary civil commitment to the DC Department of Behavioral Health.  We also represent insanity aquittees seeking release from their criminal court ordered commitment.

Major Duties:

Social work interns assist the MHD social worker by:  attending treatment team meetings with clients; meeting with clients to obtain information, assist with completing forms, etc; acting as a liaison between MHD, the client and hospital staff; obtaining information from available social service agencies to a client’s suitability for services; document all work into the agency’s computer case tracking system; attending court proceedings.

Qualifications Required:

Students must have strong written and oral communication skills, and be able to work with minimal supervision.

How To Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, writing sample and 2 references (at least one from an employer) to:  mhdinternclerk@pdsdc.org,  OR fax to 202/824-2877, OR mail to:  PDS/MHD, Internship Application, 633 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

MHD internships usually begin mid-January, late May, and late August/early September – semesterly.  MHD internships usually last the duration of a semester, typically 12-15 weeks.