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Vinfen Internship Program is specifically designed to equip college students from populations typically underrepresented in the human service field. Students from these groups are encouraged to apply.

Vinfen offers valuable hands-on experience for students in the social work, medical, and behavioral health fields. Interns will have the opportunity to build their clinical skills in various areas, meet a range of needs, and prepare for their future careers. For further information on service types and settings, please explore our services.


Internship Opportunities


We offer internship opportunities for undergraduate-level interns in one of our day programs working with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We also offer more administrative placements where interns can gain experience working in our HR, Communications & Development, Finance, Quality, or IT departments.


We work with master’s level interns to determine placement based on your field of study. We offer internships for MSW, MA in Counseling, BCBA, Nursing and OT students. Graduate-level interns will work with staff at one of our behavioral health clinics, day programs, residential programs, or on an outreach team. Internship supervisors are Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers or Licensed Mental Health Clinicians.

Through a medical internship with Vinfen, you will be able to serve a population while building clinical skills in areas including assessment and evaluation, individual, family, and group therapy, consultation, psychological testing, substance use counseling, behavior management, and medication management. (Non-PhD)

Through a behavioral health internship with Vinfen, you will be able to build your clinical skills in various areas, helping people develop skills and acquire the resources they need through rehabilitative, clinical, and recovery-oriented services.

Through a social work internship with Vinfen, you will be able to build your skills in supporting people with unstable housing or food insecurity, arranging for services in the home (e.g., nursing or homemaking), connecting individuals with addiction services, identifying medical or behavioral health providers, scheduling health appointments and setting up transportation to those appointments, and health and wellness coaching.

Through an occupational therapy internship with Vinfen, you will be able to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Brain Injury, Autism, or behavioral health conditions with activities of daily living, building skills and increasing quality of life.


Student Eligibility

In order to be eligible for an internship with Vinfen, the student must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college or university. Students must not be on any form of probation, parole, or released from supervision within six months. Pass Vinfen background check process.

Application & Selection Process

Our selection process includes consideration of your skills, experience, supervision requirements, and timeframes. We do not have predetermined internship opportunities. If you have an educational need that we can meet with our resources, we will attempt to match you with an appropriate supervisor. For scheduling purposes, it is best to apply three months prior to your anticipated start date.

Internal and External Applicants

To apply, send the following documents:

  1. Internship Application
  2. Approval letter from school or advisor that states you are an enrolled student and their internship requirements
  3. Resume

You will receive a notification on the status of your application within seven days from the day we received it. Please reach out to [email protected] if you have any questions.

    “My Vinfen internship has been a rewarding and informative experience. From learning new modalities to work with clients, to completing applications for various services, to being part of a clinical team, Vinfen has provided me with all sorts of valuable opportunities.”

    “Haverhill Clubhouse aims to combat isolation and the stigma associated with mental illness. What they are doing as a community is just that. Members and staff welcomed me with open arms the moment I stepped through the door, and my experience has been incredible. I have learned more than I could have hoped throughout my internship, and I look forward to continuing at the club.”

    “As clinical preceptors are hard to find, I am really grateful for the opportunity to train here at Vinfen, both with Dr. Rosenthal and Sophea Prum. Dr. Rosenthal has a wealth of experience and is very generous in sharing his knowledge. I am learning about medication management, required lab work, and psychiatric assessments.”

Internship Diversity

At Vinfen, our mission is to create an environment where everyone is valued, respected, and welcomed. We believe in providing equal opportunities and creating a workplace that is fair to all. We acknowledge that systemic inequalities exist and are actively working to dismantle them. We strive to ensure that everyone in our community has equitable access to resources, opportunities, and growth. We address biases and work towards leveling the playing field for everyone. By joining Vinfen, you become part of an organization that champions diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to making a positive impact on the world. We welcome your unique perspectives, experiences, and talents and look forward to working with you to create a more just, equitable, and inclusive future for all.

Vinfen Internship Timeline

Summer 2024

  • Applications Accepted: Application available on our website in early February until March 29. Applications reviewed March 1 to April 15 or until filled.
  • Program Dates: May to August or September (subject to change)

Fall 2024

  • Applications Accepted: Application available on our website in early July until August 30. Applications reviewed August 1 to September 13 or until filled.
  • Program Dates: September to December (subject to change)

Winter 2024/ Jan 2025

  • Applications Accepted: Application available on our website in early October until November 29. Applications reviewed November 1 to December 13 or until filled.
  • Program Dates: mid-December to January (subject to change)


Vinfen is one of the most dynamic and innovative health and human services organizations in the country. With over 455 locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, we are a leading provider of comprehensive services for adults and adolescents with disabilities or life challenges. We provide a wide range of evidence-based programs in recovery, supported living, habilitation, education, employment, clinical, and peer support to the populations we serve. Vinfen’s programming allows our interns to put their classroom work into action. Vinfen will provide you with an opportunity to practice your knowledge and gain invaluable skills and experience.

If you are a college student, earning school credit, and studying for an undergraduate or graduate degree related to the services provided at Vinfen, then we may have an internship opportunity for you! Simply apply online and our Internship Coordinator or a member of the HR Department will connect with you to discuss the internship program and opportunities.

To apply for an internship with Vinfen, simply complete the online application and submit your completed application, together with your resume and an optional cover letter, to [email protected]. During the online application process, you will be asked to provide information about your education, experience and why you want to intern at Vinfen, along with basic information such as name, address, and contact information.

During your internship, you will be immersed in the life and culture of Vinfen and our unique and rewarding programs. Our goal for you as an intern is to provide you with an opportunity to translate your classroom knowledge into real-life experience. You will broaden your understanding of your chosen field, network with leaders in the health and human services industry, and enhance your professionalism skills. Upon completion of your internship, we are confident that you will have gained practical skills to enter the job market with a competitive advantage.

Yes. Vinfen offers paid opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate-level students.

Yes, and we hope you do! We will work with you to establish an agreement with your school to assist you in obtaining college credit based on your internship with Vinfen.

Yes. Our Internship Coordinator will work with you to establish the start and end dates of your internship. The placement will be for a defined period with set expectations for completion.

Our Internship Coordinator and the regional Human Resources Manager will be available during your internship to assist you with any questions, concerns, or needs you may have during your internship experience.

Yes! Employees can apply for an internship with Vinfen, they should follow the same process that a non-employee would to apply for an internship. These internship placements will be unpaid and are not to interfere with your current work schedule. In most cases, internships for current employees will take place in a different program or team in order to avoid confusing internship responsibilities with employment responsibilities.

Yes! Please click here to view intern benefits.