Cunningham has a variety of internship opportunities


Are you a psychology, social work, or special education student?

Would you like a career working with children who have serious emotional and behavior disorders?

Through comprehensive programs and services, Cunningham provides expert care to help our kids learn positive coping and behavioral skills, achieve realistic academic goals, and develop the life skills necessary to be successful in our community.

Cunningham is an exemplary child welfare and educational services agency that provides caring support and therapeutic intervention to more than 794 youth, adults and their families each year.

Possible Internships:

  • Direct practice with a client 
  • Special Therapies (recreation, music) (accepting applications for RECREATION only: DEADLINE FOR SPRING 2023 INTERNSHIP IS OCTOBER 22, 2022)
  • Case management
Internships are currently offered in collaboration with University of Illinois, Illinois State University, Eastern Illinois University, and others.

About you as an intern:

  • Candidates must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university.
  • The student’s academic program of study must include a formalized intern component designating the expectations of the intern, university/college and the field placement agency.
  • The student’s academic program must either have an existing relationship with Cunningham Children’s Home or be able to establish a formal relationship before an intern can be considered.
  • The academic program or the student must provide professional liability and health insurance for the intern.
  • Students must be able to complete up to two and a half weeks of required orientation training prior to beginning the internship.
  • In some cases, students may be required to possess a valid Illinois drivers’ license.
  • Students will need to submit to a physical with a TB test and background check (requires social security number).
  • Students must possess the physical and emotional strength to effectively and safely manage youth during aggressive or self-harming episodes, and be able to successfully complete training and certification in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention.
  • Students must complete a screening and interview process to determine if there is an appropriate internship available at the time of application.

Handbook: Click HERE


For more information, please contact: Pat Ege at