This position is funded through a grant funding source, co-sponsored by the O'Brien Center for Career Development. As such, this position will require additional reflections and a final capstone project in coordination with the Paid Internship Program at Merrimack College. If you have questions about this position description or the additional requirements based on our grant funding, please email Shannon Zelek (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications must be submitted through Handshake to be considered for the position.
Placement in the Residential or Day School Programs will be determined by the intern and the hiring manager.
Walker Inc. transforms the lives of children and youth who are dealing with complex emotional,
behavioral, and learning challenges, by partnering with these children and youth, their families, and communities to nurture hope, build strengths, and develop lifelong skills.
On the Needham campus, located at 1968 Central Avenue, Walker serves children aged 3-14 in several programs: A Massachusetts Approved Special Education School, Residential Treatment, Group Home, Intensive Community Based Acute Treatment (ICBAT/CBAT); and an Outpatient Clinic.
The Walker Residential Treatment Program (RTP) helps children with high-risk behaviors and their families build social, emotional, and behavioral skills so they may achieve and maintain a permanent family connection. The Walker RTP is a nationally accredited, fully licensed, Chapter 766-approved program for children ages 5 to 14 who can be cared for in a staff-secure group setting.
The Walker RTP is designed for:
Children with complex developmental difficulties (learning disabilities, chronic mental illness, language disorders, high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, histories of high-risk behaviors), and children who have suffered from severe trauma, histories of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, disrupted foster placements, failed adoptions, and psychiatric hospitalizations.
The Walker RTP is a flexible, family-driven program specializing in safety, stabilization, assessment, and treatment. There is a focus on understanding how a child’s development has shaped his or her strengths, weaknesses, and unique learning style. The professionals at Walker do not simply focus on erasing deficits or making a child better, they work with the family and home community to assist in making a smooth, seamless transition for the child.
Internship Responsibilities/Assignments: Students will work with existing child care staff to support the children in residential treatment. Interns will have opportunities to participate in/plan age appropriate, developmentally appropriate activities for children and attend trainings and meetings as appropriate and scheduling allows.
Internship Requirements: 3 rd or 4 th year undergraduate preferred. Students must have the ability to complete Walker’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) de-escalation training. The ideal intern would be committed to placement for 16 hours. Interns can be at Walker for additional hours. Hours include afternoons/evenings. Can include weekend hours.
Days/Times: To be discussed with residential manager and Director of Internship Program. Some flexibility with days/hours.
Supervision: By a Child Care Supervisor or Senior Level Child Care Worker
The Walker School is a Chapter 766-approved K-8 academic program for children between the ages of 5 and 13 with complex profiles, including learning disabilities, chronic mental illness, language disorders, high-functioning autism spectrum disorders, and histories of high-risk behaviors. Students at Walker School also may have suffered from severe trauma, histories of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, disrupted foster placements, failed adoptions, or psychiatric hospitalizations.
Upon admission, more than half of Walker students have a documented neurological/spectrum disorder diagnosis; more than a third have a language-based disability; most of the students are experiencing severe behavioral difficulties; and approximately a third of the students have an additional medical diagnosis. More than a third of the students enrolled at Walker are significantly behind grade level in their academic progress.
The Walker School combines the intensive resources and clinical expertise of a comprehensive therapeutic environment with a strong commitment to high academic standards. The Walker environment helps students who sometimes exhibit disruptive classroom behavior to focus their energy on academics, promoting developmental continuity for all students.
Internship Responsibilities/Assignments: As an undergraduate intern, interns will assist individual students to complete tasks, and provide general support. This may include: sitting next to students, helping to scribe for them, read aloud and or provide emotional support. Interns will gain experience supporting small group and whole group activities and lessons. This will include
joining the children in recreational activities as well as helping to plan developmentally appropriate recess activities.
Internship Requirements: 3 rd or 4 th year undergraduate preferred. Students must have the ability to complete Walker’s Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) de-escalation training. The ideal intern would be committed to placement for 16 hours. Interns can be at Walker for additional hours.. Ideally, they would come to Walker minimally 2 days.
Days/Times: Students must be willing to commit to 2 days per week, on a schedule from 8:00-3:00
Supervision: A day program supervisor or experienced childcare worker.