Graduate Student Internships

Higher Ground hosts graduate social work students with the school community partners. In the past, Higher Ground has worked with Boston College, Boston University, and Simmons College to provide clinical social work students opportunities to serve students and families in Boston Public Schools experiencing homelessness. Interns have the opportunity to work in schools and at the Higher Ground office to engage in a variety of activities with opportunities for professional development and clinical supervision.

The social work interns have the unique opportunity to serve as both clinical and mezzo social workers. This role combines the provision of individual and group therapy, along with community organizing and collaboration with school staff and administrators. In order to align with Higher Ground’s mission, the following objectives for the social work interns have been established at each partner school:

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, homeless liaison, and administrators to identify students who are considered homeless and assess the families housing history to connect them with the services provided by the Family-Led Stability Pilot.

  • Conduct individual and group therapy for the children at each partner school by utilizing evidence-based practices to maximize the therapeutic benefits of the children receiving treatment. 

  • Improve school culture and climate by promoting parental engagement and social emotional learning strategies to students, teachers and administrators. 

  • Implement data collection initiative to track the progress of students impacted by the social work interns.

Meet Our Interns for the 2020-2021 School Year!

My name is Victoria and I am currently a first-year student in the MSW program at Boston College. I spent four years living right outside of Boston completing my undergraduate degree. In the past, I have had the opportunity to work with children in several settings. I hope to bring skills from my previous experience while adding and building more. I have a passion for social justice and children making Higher Ground a great fit for me. I look forward to working with staff, partnerships, and other resources to support these families and programs in Boston.

Victoria Parks

Social Work Intern

Hello! My name is Catherine Yang. I am a first-year Masters of Social Work student at Boston College. I am passionate about equity in educational access and mental health in culturally diverse spaces. While studying Psychology at Rutgers University, I researched student behavior and worked in behavioral therapy with students on the autism spectrum. At Higher Ground, I hope to learn therapeutic skills and how organizations implement programs to enact social change. I am excited to intern at Higher Ground and work with the many coalitions that better the city of Boston through supporting children, families, and schools.

Catherine Yang

Social Work Intern

Hello. My name is Alana Hylton. I am a Boston native and a UMASS Boston Graduate student on the Gender, Leadership and Public Policy, MPA track. I am currently a Monitoring and Compliance Manager with experience in non-profit, human services, and government. I am skilled in affirmative action reporting, recruitment, community engagement, fundraising, and event planning. I am confident Boston’s Higher Ground will be a good fit for my skill set as well as provide an opportunity to learn new skills and become a better community advocate.  I am passionate about equity for all, closing the gender pay gap, and making meaningful contributions to our communities.

Alana Hylton

Resource Development Intern

If you have any questions about graduate student internship opportunities, contact

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