Social Work Internship Program

Our Mission

The mission of the Social Work Intern Program is to provide interns with a quality training experience that will prepare them to become competent, effective, and ethical professional Social Workers. We value diversity in our clients and in our staff and are committed to providing an educational experience that promotes respect, caring, compassion, and understanding.

Our Philosophy

As an organization, the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health upholds recovery-oriented care, with an emphasis on providing culturally competent services that promote recovery, wellness, and resiliency for the population that we serve. There is an emphasis on services for individuals in acute need, those with severe and persistent mental illness, and at risk children and families.

Program Information

University Partnerships:
The DBH Social Work Intern Program currently collaborates with multiple universities in Southern California, including California State University San Bernardino, Loma Linda University, Azusa Pacific University, University of Southern California, La Sierra University, and California State University Long Beach. Interested students from other universities are encouraged to contact their universities to inquire whether a contract is currently in place between the university and DBH.

Intern Selection Process and Deadlines:
Once an intern has been referred by their university’s Director of Field Education, the intern must complete a MSW/BSW Intern Interest Form and Supplemental Questions form and submit with a current resume. For the 2016/2017 academic year, the deadline for all forms to be submitted is 3/8/16. Selected candidates will then participate in an interview with the Intern Program Supervisor and selection committee and may be required to participate in a second interview with a supervisor from their potential placement site clinic.

Individual and Group Supervision and Trainings:
Each intern is provided with individual clinical supervision one hour per week. In addition, each intern must participate in a 2 hour weekly group supervision session, held at the DBH Training Institute in San Bernardino. In addition, interns participate in various in-person and online training sessions offered by DBH.

Diversity of MSW & BSW Field Placements

DBH provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities through field placements for 1st and 2nd year MSW interns and BSW interns. These field placements are designed to fit within the interests of the students and the objectives of the universities. In addition, field placements within DBH are intended to address the clinical training and core competency needs for social work students, as mandated by CSWE, DHCS, and the universities. Placement experiences are available in a wide range of programs at DBH and include settings that offer intense clinical, or micro, experience, those that offer a mix of micro, macro, and mezzo, or those that offer a focus on macro or policy work.

Anticipated placements within DBH for the 2016/2017 school year include:
Adult Forensics (outpatient CHOICE and STAR programs)
Correctional Mental Health Services (jails)
Juvenile Justice Programs (Juvenile Detention Centers)
ARMC Psychiatric Triage Diversion Program
Barstow Counseling Center
Mariposa Counseling Center
Mesa Counseling Center
Vista Community Counseling
Phoenix Community Counseling
Integrated Healthcare Services
Healthy Homes/Children’s Assessment Center
Program Support Services Administration
24 Hour/Emergency Services Administration
Alcohol and Drug Services Administration
Medical Services Administration
Regional Operations Administration
Consumer Clubhouses
Patient’s Rights
Homeless Outreach Services Team

Agency Information

The San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health is a large community mental health organization serving the needs of the citizens of the largest county in the continental United States. DBH has twelve clinics throughout the county and over 900 employees, with multidisciplinary staff that includes Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatric Technicians, Mental Health Specialists, Addiction Specialists, and various support staff.

The Department of Behavioral Health is committed to recovery-oriented care, providing a culturally competent service delivery system that promotes recovery, wellness, and resiliency for all individuals. Services are provided across the lifespan, including young children, children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Programs include crisis services, outpatient mental health clinics, addiction services, day treatment programs, outpatient forensic mental health services, and services within juvenile and adult detention centers.

Internship Opportunities

DBH Paid Internship:
DBH offers six paid Graduate Student Intern positions for MSW students. Graduate Student Intern positions currently pay $15.20 per hour. DBH also offers six paid Student Intern positions for BSW students. Student Intern positions currently pay $10.04 per hour. No benefits are provided.

Unpaid Internships:
DBH also offers a variety of unpaid social work internship positions. The number offered each year is based on availability. All positions are structured to ensure that interns meet the mandatory field education hours required by their universities. For those students in their second year of placement, funding opportunities may also be available through their university’s Mental Health Stipend Program. These funds are paid directly from the university. Students are encouraged to contact their university’s School of Social Work to see if they qualify.

Submit Application

Initial Interest Form and Supplemental Question form for the Social Work Intern Program

These forms may be submitted electronically at the link provided in the forms, or they may be mailed to the address below. Please note that you must also submit your resume to the address below before your application will be considered complete. All forms and resumes must be received by the application deadline date of 3/8/16.

Send completed materials to:
MSW/BSW Intern Program
County of San Bernardino
Department of Behavioral Health
1950 S. Sunwest Lane, Suite 200
San Bernardino, CA 92415
Attn: DBH MSW/BSW Intern Program

Or call (909) 252-4043

External Links

National Association of Social Workers NASW

National Association of Social Workers NASW-CA chapter

California Social Work Education Center CalSWEC

Board of Behavioral Sciences

California Society for Clinical Social Work

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Latino Behavioral Health Institute

National Latino Behavioral Health Association

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare