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Clinical Services Intern

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Organization Summary:

 Cornerstone is a $4.8M agency with approximately 95 employees. We provide specialized services within eleven cities, including Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis. Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center. Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Mental Health and Crisis Intervention
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Unpaid Salary: Unpaid Internship
Hours: 16 to 20 hours per week 

Primary Duties:

 The goal of our work in the Clinical Services Mental Health Program is to provide therapeutic support and intervention to increase a sense of wellbeing and mental health. Cornerstone possess a strong youth and family-centered philosophy. Our commitment to ending domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and human trafficking is demonstrated by the comprehensive mental health services we deliver to adults, children, youth, and families.

We understand that domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and human trafficking profoundly affects individuals and all members of the family at different times in their lives. We are committed to the safety, well-being of families and youth, and supporting them to end the generational cycle of abuse. We as staff understand that individuals seeking help and relief from their experience of trauma have their own timing for when they can and will seek this support. Whether a person is in crisis at the moment or it has been years since the last situation occurred, Cornerstone Therapists will provide the care and support these individuals are looking for.

Time Requirements:

16-20 hours a week if needing more than 20+ hours a week for internship placement, please inquire with volunteer coordinator.

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs – 1pm-8pmThis internship is designed for students receiving college credit and is not paid.  Time off:  Please let your supervisor know if you need time off (vacation, sick, etc)


Provide therapeutic services to clients across the lifespan from children to adults (includes individual, family, and/or group therapy)

-         Provide short-term counseling care for program participants who are in crisis.

-         Conduct crisis and/or mental health screening to determine service needs


           Complete safety plan with clients as needed


            Facilitate support group and/or therapeutic groups as needed


         Provide care coordination for clients and their families that includes working with external agencies to support client and provide referrals to resources


          Maintain effective and timely communication and documentation regarding services and client status.  


         Maintain professional relationships with clients, staff, and volunteers


         Maintain compliance with community practice standards; complete diagnostic assessments, closing summaries, progress notes, and clinical treatment plans as required.


         Develop professional relationships and maintain a practical understanding of available community resources


         Knowledge and/or experience with electronic health record  


         Work in compliance with all Cornerstone policies and procedures


         Attend staff and volunteer meetings, in-service, trainings, etc. as required


         Record accurate, complete, confidential information in case notes and data base


         Maintain confidentiality of records in accordance with current HIPAA standards


         Perform other responsibilities requested, assigned or approved by supervisor


Currently enrolled in a Master’s, PhD, PSyD program in Social Work, Psychology, Marriage and Family therapy or some other clinical based graduate program.

The desire to work with adults, children and youth who have experienced situations of physical, emotional, sexual abuse and human trafficking

Beginning understanding of therapeutic processes and crisis counseling theory and techniques.

Good communication, listening, and advocacy skills

Flexibility, initiative, work cooperatively with others

Ability to relate to people of different economic, cultural, racial, and social backgrounds

Emotional maturity to work with different economic, cultural, racial, and social backgrounds

Ability to adhere to confidentiality and maintain professional boundaries with clients

Possess car, license, and maintain automobile insurance

Pass Criminal Background Check


Additional Info:

 Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

How To Apply:

 Please E-Mail your cover letter & resume to


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