Position Descriptions

Counseling Internship (Birmingham ONLY – Master’s Level SW, MFT, Counseling students, or Bachelor’s in a related field) – Work in a team atmosphere serving families who have adopted or are fostering. Lifeline’s counseling team specializes in serving those who have experienced trauma and disrupted attachment.  Lifeline’s counselors are trained in a variety of modalities including Theraplay, EMDR, TF-CBT, CBT, and play therapy, are facilitators for Prepare/Enrich, and are skilled in treating other adoption and foster care related concerns including grief, anger, identity, birth family concerns, and more.  A bi-monthly clinical staffing is also available and open to interns.

Educational Services InternshipInterns will have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the brain and how it impacts learning. As an intern, you will assist the Bridge team with implementing Bridge Plans, administrative duties, development, and preparing for our summer camp, Camp Empower.  Our team is trained in cognitive fitness programs, primitive reflex integration and social-emotional tools and techniques.

Families Count InternshipAssist with the administrative duties included in our Families Count program such as: following-up with existing church partners to track class outcomes, responding to email inquiries and helping with the coordination of the semi-annual multi-church training conference.

Foster Care Internship – Assist trainers and social workers with foster parent training classes which includes weekly preparation, monitoring weekly assignments and observing the classes. Interns will also shadow social workers during home visits, attend weekly staff meetings and assist with filing and the auditing of family files. Interns will serve as the liaison with families regarding Lifeline’s events and educational opportunities.

International Program Internship Shadow home study visits as well as assist in drafting the reports, assist with information meetings for families interested in adopting, filing, attend staff and team meetings and help with other projects (resource manuals, educational videos, community resources) that arise throughout the internship.  May also include preparing dossiers for submission to foreign governments, working with the Department of State and US Embassies. Accompany social workers on post adoption visits and prepare the appropriate reports for and correspond with the Central Authority in foreign countries, research trends in childhood trauma, institutionalization and attachment issues, attend bi-monthly staff meetings and assist in the training and education of pre-adoptive and post-adoptive parents.  TBRI foundation is a strong focus of our Post Adoption Team.

Pregnancy Counseling Internship – As an intern working with the pregnancy counseling team, you will assist the pregnancy counseling and domestic team with administrative duties, paperwork, case noting, networking with partners, events, and case management tasks.  Interns will likely have the opportunity to engage in direct practice with women from minority people groups and various socioeconomic backgrounds.

*Please note that the pregnancy counseling role is sensitive in nature and is often times working with women who have experienced trauma. Shadowing opportunities will vary based on the counselor’s case load.

(un)adopted Internship – Work with our (un)adopted team to help organize and prep our teams for trips. Get a glimpse on what goes on behind the scenes of (un)adopted as they prepare curriculum and other resources to equip the body of Christ across the globe.  The internship also will entail helping the (un)adopted prepare to host their international partners at the Orphan Care Summit. You’ll also have an opportunity to brainstorm and plan for our annual R(un) for One that is held every fall.

Next Steps

  1. Complete application – INTERNSHIP APPLICATION
  2. Following submission of an internship application, please download the RECOMMENDATION FORM
    • *Note:  All intern positions require three recommendation forms to be completed by the following: 
      • 1 current professor or advisor
      • 1 past or current employer
      • 1 (non relative) – pastor, family friend, colleague, or coach who can speak into your character, skills & work ethic
    • Email forms to Intern@LifelineChild.org
  1. Your application will be considered “incomplete” until these forms are received.

If you have any additional questions please email Intern@LifelineChild.org