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Working As An Internship Coordinator

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Internship Coordinator Do

Social and human service assistants provide client services, including support for families, in a wide variety of fields, such as psychology, rehabilitation, and social work. They assist other workers, such as social workers, and they help clients find benefits or community services.

Duties

Social and human service assistants typically do the following:

  • Help determine what type of aid their clients need
  • Work with clients and other professionals, such as social workers, to develop a treatment plan
  • Help clients find assistance with daily activities, such as eating and bathing
  • Research services, such as food stamps and Medicaid, that are available to their clients in their communities
  • Coordinate services provided to clients
  • Help clients complete paperwork to apply for assistance programs
  • Transport clients—for example, by driving them to appointments or to services within their community
  • Check in with clients to ensure that services are provided appropriately

Social and human service assistants have many job titles, including case work aide, clinical social work aide, family service assistant, social work assistant, addictions counselor assistant, and human service worker.

Social and human service assistants help clients to identify and obtain benefits and services. In addition to initially connecting clients with benefits or services, social and human service assistants may follow up with clients to ensure that they are receiving the intended services and that the services are meeting their needs. They work under the direction of social workers, psychologists, or other social and human service workers.

With children and families, social and human service assistants ensure that the children live in safe homes. They help parents get the resources, such as food stamps or childcare, they need to care for their children.

With the elderly, these workers help clients stay in their own homes and live under their own care whenever possible. Social and human service assistants may coordinate meal deliveries or find personal care aides to help with the clients’ day-to-day needs, such as running errands and bathing. In some cases, human service workers help look for residential care facilities, such as nursing homes.

For people with disabilities, social and human service assistants help find rehabilitation services that aid their clients. They may work with employers to make a job more accessible to people with disabilities. Some workers find personal care services to help clients with daily living activities, such as bathing and making meals.

For people with addictions, human service assistants find rehabilitation centers that meet their clients’ needs. They also may find support groups for people who are dependent on alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other substances or behaviors.

With veterans, assistants help people who have been discharged from the military adjust to civilian life. They help with practical needs, such as locating housing and finding ways to apply skills gained in the military to civilian jobs. They may also help their clients navigate the overwhelming number of services available to veterans.

For people with mental illnesses, social and human service assistants help clients find the appropriate resources to help them cope with their illness. They find self-help and support groups to provide their clients with an assistance network. In addition, they may find personal care services or group housing to help those with more severe mental illnesses care for themselves.

With immigrants, workers help clients adjust to living in a new country. They help the clients locate jobs and housing. They also may help them find programs that teach English, or they may find legal assistance to help immigrants get various administrative paperwork in order.

With former prison inmates, human service assistants find job training or placement programs to help clients reenter society. Human service assistants help former inmates find housing and connect with programs that help them start a new life for themselves.

With homeless people, assistants help clients meet their basic needs. They find temporary or permanent housing for their clients and locate places, such as soup kitchens, that provide meals. Human service assistants also may help homeless people find resources to address other problems they may have, such as joblessness.

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Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Internship Coordinator Career Paths

Internship Coordinator
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Consultant Owner
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Administrator Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Consultant Assistant Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Team Leader Case Manager
Director Of Social Services
6 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Executive Assistant Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Executive Assistant Property Manager
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Event Coordinator Team Leader Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Administrator Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Instructor Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Teacher Adjunct Professor
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Team Leader Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Leader Vice President
Board Of Directors Member
8 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Leader Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Teacher Instructor Therapist
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Teacher Adjunct Professor Principal
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Assistant Store Manager Assistant Property Manager
Resident Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Counselor Mental Health Worker Residential Supervisor
Residential Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Center Coordinator 2.9 years
Coordinator 2.7 years
Head Coordinator 2.6 years
Client Coordinator 2.2 years
Co-Coordinator 2.1 years
Junior Coordinator 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Internship Coordinator
Internship 24.2%
Volunteer 8.6%
Cashier 5.1%
Server 3.7%
Teacher 2.4%
Assistant 2.4%
Tutor 2.2%
President 2.2%
Top Careers After Internship Coordinator
Internship 20.1%
Volunteer 6.2%
Server 4.5%
Cashier 3.3%
Manager 2.9%
Teacher 2.7%

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Internship Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

58.3%

Male

28.4%

Unknown

13.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.4%

French

12.8%

Mandarin

5.5%

Chinese

5.3%

German

3.4%

Portuguese

2.9%

Arabic

2.6%

Italian

2.4%

Korean

2.0%

Cantonese

1.8%

Russian

1.6%

Japanese

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Urdu

1.1%

Polish

0.7%

Hebrew

0.6%

Greek

0.5%

Tagalog

0.5%

Serbian

0.4%
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Internship Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

7.2%

University of Central Florida

6.7%

Florida State University

6.5%

New York University

6.5%

University of Southern California

6.2%

Arizona State University

5.5%

Michigan State University

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

Texas A&M University

4.8%

George Mason University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

George Washington University

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Liberty University

4.3%

University of Washington

4.2%

University of Florida

3.9%

Texas State University

3.9%

Georgia State University

3.9%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.8%
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Majors

Business

17.8%

Social Work

11.7%

Communication

9.1%

Psychology

7.5%

Political Science

5.8%

Kinesiology

5.3%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Marketing

4.6%

Management

3.9%

Public Relations

3.7%

Public Health

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Sociology

3.1%

Human Services

2.9%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

English

2.5%

Hospitality Management

2.4%

Counseling Psychology

2.1%

Finance

2.0%

Mental Health Counseling

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.5%

Masters

26.9%

Other

9.6%

Associate

4.1%

Doctorate

2.5%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.1%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does an Internship Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Internship Coordinator in the United States is $45,915 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $67,000.

Real Internship Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Academic and Internship Coordinator Edinfocom Corp Williamsville, NY Sep 17, 2016 $46,405
Program Officer To Executive DIR. and Internship Coordinator Washington Office On Latin America Washington, DC May 16, 2016 $46,000
Student Support and Internship Coordinator Columbus State University Columbus, GA Jan 01, 2016 $40,269
Student Support and Internship Coordinator Columbus State University Columbus, GA Oct 31, 2015 $40,269

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Top Skills for An Internship Coordinator

  1. Community Outreach
  2. Data Entry
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  • Facilitated community outreach events and provided support at local college fairs to educate personnel on emergency preparedness.
  • Assisted with daily management of volunteers included scheduling, data entry and recognition.
  • Enforced and adhered to school policies and procedures and kept accurate chronological records of student advising and behavioral incidents.
  • Developed and maintained relationships with externship sites as well as obtained necessary documentation and contracts.
  • Designed improved intern program and developed a social responsibility statement then asked to continue with the organization after spring internship.

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