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Child Youth and Family (CYF) Summer Intern

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $5M agency with approximately 90 employees.  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: Human Services and/or Youth Development
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: Jan 31, 2024
Job Type: Intern - Unpaid Salary: Unpaid

Primary Duties:

Children Youth and Families Program Goal: 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 programming we deliver to children, youth, and families.

We understand that domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and human trafficking profoundly affects youth. We are committed to the safety, well-being of families and youth, and supporting them to end the generational cycle of abuse.

It is our goal to work towards ending this cycle by reaching out to youth early in the learning process to teach healthy relationship skills. We also want to assure that parents know the important role they play in helping their children heal. If children receive appropriate professional services early on, the potential for positive behavioral change is significantly increased.

Time Requirements: 20 hours a week if needing more than 20+ hours a week for internship placement, please inquire with volunteer coordinator.

Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs – 10am-6pm. This 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.).


  • Assist Youth Counselors in client intake, assessment, and program services
  • Provide supervised one-to-one youth counseling and assist in facilitating support groups
  • Plan and facilitate program activities and provided childcare as needed.
  • Maintain professional relationships with clients, staff, and volunteers.
  • Attend staff and volunteer meetings, in-service, trainings, etc. as required.
  • Complete other assignments as required.

  • Experience:


    • The desire to work with children and youth who have been involved in situations of physical, emotional, sexual abuse and human trafficking
    • 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 insurance
    • Pass Criminal Background Check
    • PHYSICAL DEMANDS-The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employees abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.


      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.

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