Education Interns and Volunteers
Education Interns and Volunteers are welcome to apply for unpaid internship at the SPARK Center during the year. An initial phone call to schedule a visit and complete Intern/Volunteer paperwork is required. An Immunization Form must be completed before any Intern/Volunteer can work with children. Classroom schedule and supervision times are posted in the front office and are also given to education staff. Volunteers and Interns are asked to follow the lead of the primary teacher and to assist in daily activities – meals, circle time, projects and outside time. Interns and Volunteers are not permitted to change diapers, accompany children to the bathroom without a teacher present or be left alone to supervise children. On-site direction is provided by teachers. Formal supervision is provided by Therapeutic Early Childhood Program coordinators and by the Coordinator of Interns and Volunteers.
Mental Health Interns
Mental Health Interns are supervised by licensed psychologists at the SPARK Center. Mental Health Interns provide individual and group therapy to children and youth with a focus on infant, toddler and preschool age groups. They also provide observation and feedback to classroom teachers and work directly with children in classrooms. Mental Health Interns are involved in assessing the needs of children and developing goal plans. They also meet with parents and outside agency representatives to help provide comprehensive services for all children. Please click here for more details.
Martha Vibbert, PhD