HDFS program has partnered with over 50 local organizations to provide our students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned, in a professional setting, under the guidance and supervision of a qualified professional. Students are assigned a site supervisor with whom they work closely and communicate with often. Students can intern at any of the sites below or work with their internship coordinator to identify a site outside of this list, when appropriate.
Current Internship Sites
The site provides social skills and independence training for adolescents with autism and other intellectual disabilities.
[Applied Behavior Technologies HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
We are the Reno-Sparks affiliate of the nation's most effective dropout prevention program. We have on-school site coordinators who are embedded on title I campuses in WCSD, providing case management and other social services to at-risk students.
[Communities in Schools of Western Nevada Site Information Sheet]
The Eddy house is a walk-in center in downtown Reno for homeless, runaway, foster and other at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 21.
[Eddy House HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Since 1985, The Children's Cabinet's mission has been to keep children safe and families together by providing services and resources that address unmet needs through a unique and effective cooperative effort between the private sector and public agencies in Nevada.
[The Children's Cabinet HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
WNRYC achieves its mission through the provision of evidence-based and coordinated substance use and behavioral health services while partnering with Nevada's Juvenile Court system, the youth and their families. WNRYC values comprehensive integrated treatment through developmentally informed programming in a Person First culture.
[Western Nevada Regional Youth Center HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Northern Nevada Literacy Council is a community based, non-profit organization that provides free classes to adults who 1) dropped out of high school and now wish to obtain their high school equivalency, or 2) are foreign-born and wish to learn English.
[NNLC HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
BBBSNN is a youth mentoring program serving the Reno, Sparks, and Carson City areas. We serve at risk youth by pairing them with an adult volunteer mentor. Our professional staff screen & train the potential youth and mentors and the support the mentoring relationships.
We provide services to children newborn through teenage years with a variety of strengths and differences. Specific to the HDFS internship, we have a program called "Playcare" that is a group for 3-5 year olds focused on social-emotional and sensory learning as a preparatory experience prior to transitioning to a more traditional classroom setting such as kindergarten. Our staff includes occupational therapists and speech therapists.
Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada serves 4,500 girls across 96,000 square miles in northern Nevada and northeastern California. With the support of nearly 2,000 adult volunteers, our members benefit from the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by trying new things, building skills, and developing leadership capacity through fun, engaging activities.
[ Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
ECE Consultant/Advocate/Coach and serving children, mostly 3-5 years of age that have specific needs addressed. Focus on advocacy needs such as an IEP/IFSP meeting and agreement, coaching needs for a specific parent or teacher on a specific strategy, and legislative public comments about the field and tasks related to my national work with NAEYC. Includes time hands-on with children in their homes due to those services not being available to the families at this time.
[ LeAn Shelton Consulting Internship Site Information Sheet]
NEIS provides children from birth to three and their families with developmental services in their natural environment at no cost to the families.
Nevada TACSEI is a statewide initiative designed to create a sustainable, statewide system that promotes social emotional development in young children, using the Pyramid Model.
[ Nevada TACSEI Pyramid Model Partnership Information Sheet]
The mission of the Northern Nevada R.A.V.E. (Respite and Volunteer Experiences) Family Foundation is to improve the well-being of Nevada families by providing respite to families caring for young children and adult family members with special needs.
[ Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Project Safe and Growing is a treatment program for children ages 3-6 who have been identified as victims of crime, providing children with a safe and supportive environment.
[ Project Safe and Growing HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Continuum is a community provider of Nevada Early Intervention Services, servicing families of infants and toddlers with disabilities and special needs birth-three. We provide services in the family's natural environment.
[ The Continuum HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Solace Tree is a non-profit organization which provides grief support to children, teens, and adults coping with loss.
[ The Solace Tree for Grieving Children, Teens, and Families HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Education - Classroom Based
Aleph Academy is a premiere center for early childhood education. Inspired by the Reggio approach, our school combines the arts, nature, Jewish values, and academic excellence to create a culture of learning and exploration.
[ Aleph Academy HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Child and Family Research Center provides a developmental, child centered approach to early education. Early Head Start has a full-day, full year child care program that is free of cost for low income families with children under the age of 3. In addition to quality child care, Early Head Start provides referrals for parents, conducts developmental, nutrition, and health screenings to monitor development of children, holds monthly parent engagement activities, and provides meals and diapers for children while at the center.
[ Child and Family Research Center Early Head Start HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Davidson Institute for Talent Development is a national non-profit organization that serves profoundly gifted young people 18 and under by organizing family services, specialized education, summer programs, and non-profit operations.
[ Davidson HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Doral Academy of Northern Nevada (DANN) is a K-8 state funded charter school dedicated to creating an enhanced and engaging whole-child educational experience. DANN will provide an academically rigorous learning environment with a strong emphasis on problem-based learning, arts integration, and social and emotional development. A collaborative effort, with all students, parents, and staff, will be devoted to establishing, achieving, and celebrating individual goals to prepare every student for college, career, and civic life.
[ Doral Academy of Northern Nevada Site Information Sheet]
Path to Independence offers a two-year, non-degree certificate program for students with intellectual/developmental disabilities, emphasizing academics and campus activities, employment, and independent living.
[ NCED HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet - Activities Coordination]
The Newton Learning Center serves children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and aims to create an individualized, high-quality academic and social approach to achieve a dynamic level of success in every child's future. This is accomplished by partnering with families and the community to provide a safe, fun, and supportive learning environment.
[ Newton Learning Center HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
We are a K-7 State Sponsored Charter School. We are located on the north side of Spanish Springs. Our school focus in STEAM integration and college preparedness.
[ Pinecrest Academy of Northern Nevada HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Purple Door Preschool is a school serving 3-5 year olds. We are a true preschool open from 8:45 to 3:00p.m. We do provide after school care for a small group of children including some elementary school students.
[ Purple Door Preschool HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Sierra Nevada Journeys is a premier outdoor science education non-profit serving Nevada and California.
[ Sierra Nevada Journeys HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The high school career facilitator program is an allocation within Washoe County School District that is held at high schools such as Damonte Ranch, Reed, and Reno in the counseling department. The high school career facilitator allocation is dedicated to giving students and their families the facts and viable options about college and career opportunities, so that students can become competitive college and career applicants.
[ WCSD Career Facilitator HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The mission of the Child and Family Services Department is to prepare children to be successful in school by building a strong home-school connection with parents to support their children through educational and school readiness activities and to support the statewide early childhood community through professional development training and resources.
[ WCSD Child and Family HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Washoe Inspire Academy provides a Pre-K through 12 Specialized Hybrid Learning Environment in the Washoe County area.
[ WCSD Inspire Academy HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Washoe County School District Intervention Department's mission is to work in partnership with students, families, schools, and community agencies to ensure the success of all students by helping to identify and remove barriers that cause chronic absenteeism, and build resiliency with children and families.
[ WCSD Intervention Department HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
We are a Developmental Play Center for children ages 0-6. We have sectioned areas depending on age to ensure a safe and age-appropriate learning area heavily focused on unstructured play to encourage child-led learning and discovery closely following a Montessori style. We also feature a parent lounge area for parents and caregivers to be able to relax and take breather.
[ Wonder and Unwind HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Located in Fernley, Zoo’n Around Preschool’s goal is to provide children with a program that focuses on age appropriate practices by providing them with social, mental, creative and physical opportunities to help them learn and grow. In addition to rich, educational curriculum, they offer several enrichment programs at no extra charge to each classroom including: dance, cooking, music, fitness, art, gardening, and science. Serves ages 6 weeks to 8 years of age.
[ Zoo’n Around Preschool HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Community Chest, Inc. is a non-profit agency located in Virginia City, serving children and families by providing support services including counseling, family advocacy, youth enrichment programs, and employment placement assistance.
[ Community Chest HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Community Services Agency (CSA) is a non-profit social service organization that was established in 1965. The Education Department of CSA provides comprehensive early care and education services to over 600 low income children from birth to 5 years through Head Start, Early Head Start, and State Pre-K programs.
[ CSA HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is the world's largest nonprofit funder of type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF aims to make advancement in research that ease the burden of those living with the disease with an overall mission to find a cure.
Lyon County Human Services provides services which assist individuals and families to achieve a greater level of self-sufficiency and well-being. The Department is committed to supporting maximum independence. The vision of Lyon County Human Services is "Community members are empowered, connected and supported". The mission is to enhance the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan.
[ Lyon County Human Services HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Nevada Center for Excellence on Disabilities (NCED) Family-to-Family Health Information Center supports families of children and youth with special healthcare needs as they navigate healthcare and other service systems. We provide resource and information referrals, case management, training and other family support as needed.
[ Nevada Center for Excellence on Disabilities (NCED) Family-to-Family Health Information Center HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Implementing exchanges through US Department of State and resettling refugees in Northern Nevada
[ Northern Nevada International Center HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Ron Wood Family Resource Center, located in Carson City, connects individuals, families, and the community with assistance and resources; a community-wide cooperative effort between the private sector and governmental agencies promoting healthy family relationships through education and support services.
[ Ron Wood HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Washoe CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to develop a strong community presence in support of children who are in the foster care system with an emphasis on fundraising, advocacy, outreach, and community awareness.
[ The Washoe CASA Foundation HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Volunteers of America/ReStart PATH program provides vital outreach services to people who are homeless and have serious mental illness in order to connect individuals to needed emergency shelter and food services, as well as to provide case management to assist people in obtaining appropriate housing, mental health services, increase income benefits, mental health benefits, medical health benefits, assess to employment opportunities, and access to medical care.
[ Volunteers of America HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Government, Public Policy, and Research
The Carson City Department of Alternative Sentencing fulfills its mission by promoting public safety, providing services to the Court, and servicing our community by assisting in the fair administration of justice through the supervision of criminal offenders and pretrial diversion.
[ Carson City HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges serves professionals in the juvenile and family justice system. They provide national training, technical assistance, research, and policy development to professionals to improve outcomes for children, families, and victims within the justice system.
[ NCJFCJ HDFS Internship Site Information]
Quality rating and improvement system for early childhood education programs that works with licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and district Pre-K programs.
[ Department of Education HDFS Internship Site Information]
The Reno Police Department Victim Services Unit is a unit dedicated to assisting victims of violent crime. Our team, as well as the rest of the department, continues to work towards integrating a victim-centered and trauma informed approach when assisting people who have experienced traumatic events.
[ RPD HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Equity and Diversity will promote, develop and support equitable practices and policies for a safe and inclusive school community system; additionally, we will provide assurance of access, representation and meaningful participation for all.
[ Equity and Diversity Department HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Health, Wellness, and Counseling
Awaken is a local faith-based non-profit organization whose mission is to increase awareness and education surrounding the issue of commercial sexual exploitation and to provide housing and restoration to victims.
[ Awaken HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
We partner with local nonprofits in the birth community and provide education, fitness/yoga classes and support from pregnancy through preschool.
The Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club is open to any youth age 6-18.
[ Boys and Girls Club HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Training and technical assistance for licensed behavioral health professionals and behavioral health interns in Nevada.
[ CASAT Internship Site Information Sheet]
Crisis Support Services of Nevada is a 24 hour crisis and suicide intervention hotline who provides assistance to persons experiencing crisis.
[ Crisis Support Services of Nevada HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Immunize Nevada is widely recognized as Nevada's trusted resource for immunizations and community health for all ages by fostering education and statewide collaboration. We strive to create healthy communities across Nevada, protected from vaccine-preventable disease.
Join Together Northern Nevada is a nonprofit substance abuse prevention coalition. We bring citizens, agencies, businesses and government together toward the common goal of building a healthy, drug free community.
kiddOTherapy, LLC, provides occupational therapy services to children ages birth to 22, using an individualized approach to pediatric occupational therapy, focusing on the primary role of families as partners.
[ kiddOTherapy HDFS Internship Information Sheet]
The National MS Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Through leadership, integrity, commitment, excellence, and teamwork, we provide programs, services, financial resources, and connections for people living with MS.
[ National Multiple Sclerosis Society HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence provides statewide advocacy, education, and support of front-line organizations that help those impacted by domestic and sexual violence and stalking throughout Nevada.
[ Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Nevada On the Move
Nevada On the Move is a local nonprofit organization, dedicated to enriching the lives of elementary school children by providing free physical education during the school day.
[ Nevada On the Move HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte serves the community with affordable and accessible general health and reproductive services, education programs, and advocacy initiatives.
[ Planned Parenthood, Mar Monte HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Safe Embrace is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to educating our community and providing services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For over 17 years, we have been committed to ending the cycle of intimate partner violence with innovative intervention and prevention services in Reno, Nevada.
[ Safe Embrace HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
STEP2 provides comprehensive, coordinated services related to the treatment and recovery of chemically dependent women and their families, resulting in sustainable self-sufficiency – breaking the cycle of addition in families.
[ STEP2 HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Continuum offers Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Early Intervention, Early Head Start Program, ReGenerations Adult Day Club, Home Modification Program and a Lifestyle Fitness Program to benefit the overall wellness of members in our community.
[ The Continuum HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
Zephyr Wellness aims to provide our community with care for the mind, body, and spirit through counseling and therapy sessions.
[ Zephyr HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
University Student Services
The Disability Resource Center's institutional charge is to serve students with disabilities, providing academic accommodations and access to an equitable learning environment.
[ DRC Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Nevada CARES [Consent. Awareness. Relationships. Education for Students] project is based at the University of Nevada, Reno's (UNR) Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT). The project focuses on developing and expanding outreach and education on interpersonal violence to students, faculty, and staff across the UNR campus.
Nevada Football is looking for interns interested in Operations, Administration, Recruiting, and Player Development.
NRAP provides an environment of nurturing support and peer connections for students recovering from substance and behavioral addictions and students choosing a substance-free lifestyle.
[ NRAP HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The Center provides programs and services that support the academic and social success for all students at the University of Nevada through advisement, leadership development, counseling, student organizations, outreach, and intercultural programming.
[ The Center HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet]
The College of Education is a recognized leader in guiding, shaping, and mentoring high-performing education professionals who will go forth with a lifelong love of learning and with the skills essential for thriving in a global, knowledge-based economy. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive learning community that works to promote education across disciplines for everyone, locally, nationally and around the globe.
[ COE Internship Site Information Sheet]
The TRiO Scholars Program is a federally-funded program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. Our mission is to assist low-income, first generation college students to overcome the cultural, academic, class, and social barriers to succeed in higher education.
TRiO Services HDFS Internship Site Information Sheet
Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program for income qualified/first-generation high school students.
[ Upward Bound Internship Site Information Sheet]