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Internship Opportunities

STUDENTS:   In order to participate in an internship you must contact our office for placement.

Early Intervention Internship opportunities are available for both graduate and undergraduate students. For help in setting up your internship, please contact the Early InterventionIntern working with a child Recruitment and Retention Office at 401-874-4036. We will be able to assist you in arranging an internship with a certified EI site. Internship opportunities are available for varying numbers of hours and credits. Hours are determined by the student's program of study as defined in his/her course requirements.

Internship Sites

There are 12 EI agencies throughout Rhode Island. For information about individual site placements, please see our Site Descriptions page.



How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for an internship opportunity, please complete the Intern Contact Form and email it to eigrant@etal.uri.edu, along with your resume.

 

URI Career Services offers a Resume Writing Handout for help with resume preparation.

 

 

What do EI Interns Do?

Depending on your discipline and experience, as an intern in EI you may:
  • Attend agency orientations, staff trainings, and meetings
  • Gain skills in the areas of professional conduct, work etiquette, and co-worker relations.
  • Learn EI eligibility criteria
  • Understand the role of a service coordinator within EI.
  • Shadow EI staff on home visits to observe and understand the services being provided Students are encouraged to attend home visits with practitioners outside of the student's field of study
  • Provide appropriate play activities for children while meetings are held with parents during home visits
  • Visit families in their home to provide counseling and training
  • Offer casework, psychological, and supportive services
  • Assist with evaluations, under the supervision of an EI practitioner
  • Provide health services such as nursing, occupational therapy, or physical therapy.
  • Assist with nutrition and medical services
  • Deliver speech, language, and hearing services.
  • Help with office work, including processing intake phone calls, clerical work and preparation of materials to use with families during home visits

What You Will Learn

Early Intervention provides many opportunities for interns to learn and enhance real world, marketable skills. During an EI internship, you will acquire:
  • Skills in developing and maintaining a collaborative team approach
  • Knowledge of Early Intervention disciplines
  • Successful strategies to work one-on-one with children and their families
  • Methods to deliver services in a variety of home-based and community environments

Quotes From Some of our Past Interns

"I felt the whole experience was so wonderful. The site was amazing, so was the URI staff."
"The favorite moment of my internship has been meeting so many people. It has been interesting to see how professionals work together to coordinate their services. In addition, it has been very rewarding to have an opportunity to work in a natural setting. Most of all, this experience has assured me I want my career to be in Early Intervention."
"My internship in Early Intervention is complex, challenging, and rewarding. In many ways, each day is different from the next."
"Overall, my internship continues to be such a great learning experience. I love how each day I learn something new and how I am having the chance to participate in more 'hands on' activities as well as being given more responsibilities. I feel like I am actually making a difference in Early Intervention and that feeling is incredibly rewarding."


Earning Credit for Your Internship

Students can choose from several options to earn credit for an EI internship:

  1. HDF undergraduate students can enroll in HDF 480/481
  2. Students who are interested in pursuing an internship for credit through URI's Office of Internships and Experiential Education should visit the OIEE website for more information.
  3. Graduate students can register for internship credits through their home department
  4. Students from other colleges/universities are also eligible to participate. Call our office for more details.

For more information about the URI EI Internship program, please view our URI EI Brochure.

Contact Information

For additional information on applying for an Early Intervention Internship, contact:

URI EI Recruitment and Retention OfficeBabies in bathtub
2 Lower College Road
205 Transition Center
Kingston, RI 02881
401-874-4036
eigrant@etal.uri.edu

Karen P. McCurdy
Principal Investigator
2 Lower College Road
112 Transition Center
Kingston, RI 02881
401-874-5960
kmccurdy@uri.edu

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Contact Information

URI EI Recruitment and Retention Office
2 Lower College Road
205 Transition Center
Kingston, RI 02881
401-874-4036
eigrant@etal.uri.edu

Karen P. McCurdy
Principal Investigator
2 Lower College Road
112 Transition Center
Kingston, RI 02881
401-874-5960
kmccurdy@uri.edu

 

CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS

 

Our recruitment effort includes classroom presentations to students in related disciplines to inform them of the availability of internships in the fields of EI and CSHCN. Our presentations are approximately 45 minutes in length, including a Q & A session. Please contact our office to schedule a presentation. If you know of potential students, please provide them with our URI EI Brochure or have them contact our office directly.