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 2021-2022 School Year!

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Hi! My name is Julia and I am a first-year Master of Social Work student at Boston College. I’m from the Philadelphia suburbs and I graduated from Lehigh University in 2020 with a degree in Psychology. Last year, I served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Philadelphia in a 6th-grade class. My research in college and my time with City Year both had a strong social justice and antiracist lens and I am looking forward to continuing to work in an environment that promotes that. I hope to build on the skills I developed during my service. At Higher Ground, I’m excited to learn how to apply clinical skills and to broaden my worldview more.

Julia Rosenau

Social Work Intern

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Phoebe Wong

Social Work Intern

My name is Phoebe Wong and I am a second year full-time clinical Masters of Social Work student on the children, youth, and families track at Boston College. While studying Psychology and Human Development/Family Studies at the University of Connecticut, I worked with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a behavior therapist. At Higher Ground, I am particularly interested in focusing on student mental health during my time as a graduate intern. I am looking forward to learning about various therapeutic modalities, providing individual and group counseling, working closely with parents and school staff, and gaining a better understanding of how I can best serve children and families through community advocacy. I am passionate about justice, equity, and inclusion for all, and look forward to a great year at Higher Ground.

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Hello!  My name is Jay Woods, and I am first year clinical Master of Social Work Student on the behavioral health track at Boston University.  I was born and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts and it’s great to be back living in Boston.  I recently graduated from Catholic Theological Union with my Master of Divinity.  I am an ordained Franciscan friar assigned to live and minister at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Downtown Crossing.  My background is in jail/prison counseling and the reentry process, harm reduction and recovery, direct service and outreach, spiritual direction and working with the LGBTQ community to name a few.  I am excited to be an intern this year at Higher Ground because I truly believe that as a community working together, we strengthen the links between education, health and housing and are able to make dreams a reality beyond our imaginations.

Jay Woods

Social Work Intern

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

Idonia Gaede, LICSW at idonia@higherground-boston.org.