Community and Human Services Internship at AIM Services
Students wishing to apply for this opportunity, please forward your resume and a cover letter to Anita Brown, Collegewide Career Development Coordinator at SUNY Empire State College at Anita.Brown@esc.edu. This position is located in Saratoga, NY and is an unpaid internship.
The Community and Human Services Internship at AIM Services, Inc. is a role in which the student is serving in a learning capacity which provides hands-on field experience with the purpose of acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to apply in future career choices. It is the expectation of AIM Services, Inc. that the student meets all required components outlined in the job description set forth by the organization as well the requirements set forth by their college.
- Current enrollment as a student in an academic curriculum at an accredited college and/or university.
- Valid NYS Drivers License acceptable to Agency Insurance standards/depending on program needs. Maintain valid insurance and provide insurance card if using your own vehicle.
- Ability to exhibit/maintain a professional, kind, courteous and patient manner at all times.
- Completion of required Tuberculosis/Mantoux (PPD) vaccinations.
- Meeting all required AIM Services, Inc. background checks (i.e.) Criminal, Justice Center, Child Abuse registry, Department of Motor Vehicle and Social Media.
- Completion of all required trainings as outlined by AIM Services, Inc.
Physical / Cognitive Requirements:
- Lifting/transferring – individuals/items of various weights – must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
- Ability to successfully complete Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) certification and apply proactive behavioral approach techniques at all times.
- Demonstrated interest and ability to make possible the personal outcomes of individuals receiving services
- Adherence to Agency policies, including Attendance Policy
Responsible to: Community Services Director or their designee.
Essential Functions/Project Requirements:
AIM Services, Inc. will provide all Interns with 1:1 supervision opportunities throughout the Internship program providing mechanisms such as a Bi-Weekly Supervisory meeting and Internship Evaluation to provide feedback to all parties involved. On the job training opportunities will be presented inclusive of professional development trainings, attendance at interdisciplinary team meetings, departmental meetings and special projects as well as any other relevant Internship assignments defined by Aim Services, Inc. and the college and/or university working with the Intern.
The essential functions/project requirements for the Community and Human Services Internship at AIM Services, Inc. are as follows:
Knowledge of Human Behavior
- Ensure accessibility, accountability and continuity of support and services promoting meaningful choices resulting in fulfilling the “Power of Potential” for all Individuals supported.
- Collaborate with peers, those in other disciplines, and community members to design a health promotion or disease prevention plan of care for a community that is grounded in evidence in the professional literature.
Knowledge of Service Delivery
- Assist people with Intellectual and developmental disabilities including those with Traumatic Brain injuries in gaining access to necessary services and supports to lead successful lives in the community.
- Evaluate the contributions of your profession to promote health, prevent disease, and improve access to quality health care.
- Analyze the impact of regulatory and professional issues on practice in a health care organization.
- Apply theory to practice in a leadership role.
- Provide care that is evidence-based incorporating models, concepts, and principles.
- Support families and individuals in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the Plans, Ongoing Case notes and in their advocacy role, including ensuring individual civil rights, health, welfare, fire safety, freedom from abuse/neglect.
- Attend Meetings with Individuals Families and Clinical Teams to provide collaboration and updates.
- Ensure that there is adequate coordination, appropriate communication and maximum cooperation between all sources of supports and services by maintaining ongoing contact with the person and his/her advocate and service providers.
- Assist the individual and his/her advocate to establish and prioritize person’s goals and clearly define a chosen individualized service environment to reach those goals.
- Advocate for a family or community in the role of care provider.
- Integrate standards and codes of professional practice relevant to caring for the community(s) served.
- Design evidence-based strategies to meet the health care needs of diverse populations.
- Engage in reflective practice with a focus on human dignity and diversity.
Application and Integration
- Focus on activities to establish a potentially life-long, person-centered, goal-oriented process for coordinating the range of services, instruction and assistance needed by persons with Intellectual and developmental disabilities including those with Traumatic Brain injuries and their families.
- Collaborate with members of the interprofessional/interdisciplinary team to improve outcomes in individuals and communities.
- Work in partnership with a qualified Service Coordinator to develop and maintain an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) as well as assist with: Information, Advocacy, Individualized Service Planning, Record Keeping, Linkage, Referral and Support.
- Any and all other related duties as requested by supervisor.