East District Center
701 North 25th Street
Richmond, VA 23223-6539
Hours: Mon-Tues-Thurs 9:00am-12:00pm
Marshall Plaza Building
900 East Marshall Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1538
Southside Community Services Center
4100 Hull Street Road
Richmond, VA 23224-1745
City of Richmond Department of Social Services Internship Program
The purpose of the City of Richmond Department of Social Services Internship Program is to provide a quality learning experience for higher-education students from various institutions and through an unpaid internship opportunity.
The internship is intended to develop direct experience in the social service field as well as understanding of the various programs at the Department of Social Services. Students will gain exposure to organizational cultures, management systems, operations and resources, programs, services and target populations. The interns’ knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences will continue to develop and grow as each student graduates and becomes a life-long learner.
Internships require that a student be currently enrolled in an academic institution and complete a specified number of hours of directed experience to receive academic credit that leads to a degree in the student’s chosen field of study. The intern must be under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed professional who completes an evaluation of that student for the student’s coursework credit.
Most interns are placed through ongoing agreements with local colleges and universities. Students are encouraged to first contact their college or universities’ field placement coordinator in their field of study when seeking a placement site.
The university representative can then explore the possibility of the placement with Richmond City Department of Social Services. A college or university must complete a contract with Richmond City Department of Social Services in order to place students in our agency.
Due to the volume of requests that are received, and capacity limitations, not every request can be accommodated.
If you have questions or feedback about Academic Internships, please feel free to contact the Student Internship Coordinator at:
Student Internship Coordinator