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OFO is happy to partner with Hartwick College & SUNY Oneonta to offer students practical work experience 

Internships

Early Childhood Services

Violence Intervention Program

In addition to individual internships, OFO representatives are available to attend classes and club meetings to educate students on poverty, program services, or other relevant topics and welcomes professors to organize educational tours of our emergency homeless shelter.

To request a presenter, use our Contact Us tool.  Tours of the emergency homeless shelter may be requested by calling 607.433.8335.

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Early Childhood Services

Building Healthy Families can place one student per semester.  If you are interested in interning with Building Healthy Families, contact the Building Healthy Families Program Manager for details.

How you can benefit:

  • Hands-on experience in:
    • Public health service administration, including trauma-sensitive practice and fostering resilience
    • Training on maternal–child health, fatherhood, parenting education, substance use disorders, mental health challenges and domestic violence
    • Community outreach, parent group projects
    • Community task force attendance and networking with professionals
    • Working in a team environment, office tasks, data collection and entry
  • Introduction to future networking contacts
  • Potential earning up to 3 college credits upon successful completion of placement  

How to apply:

  • Junior and Senior level undergraduates or higher are invited to coordinate placement through a supervising professor
  • Submit an Intern Application
  • Interview with Program Manager
  • Complete agency documentation upon acceptance
    1. Fingerprinting/Criminal Background Check
    2. Confidentiality Pledge

 

Early Childhood internships are also offered through Head Start and Early Head Start. If you're interested in early childhood education, family studies, or consumer sciences, we can help you fulfill your college credit requirements (three credits, plus 120+ hours over one semester or summer session). We offer an excellent learning experience and flexible hours.

How you can benefit:

  • Hands-on experience in:
    • Program design, management, and administration
    • Infant/Toddler or Preschool education including children with disabilities
    • Health services including dental health and mental wellness
    • Nutrition services
    • Family and community partnerships including home visiting and parent involvement
  • Introduction to future networking contacts
  • Potential earning of at least 3 college credits

How to apply:

  • Coordinate placement through a supervising professor. Direct inquiries for independent study are welcome.
  • Submit an Intern Application
  • Interview with Site Supervisor
  • Complete agency documentation upon acceptance
    1. New York State Central Registry Clearance (Depending on placement)
    2. Medical Clearance (Depending on placement)
    3. Fingerprinting/Background Check (Depending on placement)
    4. Confidentiality Pledge

For more information:

Crystal Hamm, Head Start Education/Disabilities Supervisor
3 West Broadway, Oneonta NY 13820
P: 607.433.8067 
F: 607.433.8066
E: chamm@ofoinc.org

 

Violence Intervention Program

OFO offers internships through the Violence Intervention Program. If you're interested in criminal justice, social work, women's studies, psychology or sociology, we can help you fulfill your college credit requirements (three credits). An internship with VIP requires at least 16 hours of commitment per week. We offer an excellent learning experience and flexible hours.

What you can learn:

  • Hands-on experience in:
    • Client intake and/or group counseling
    • Accompanying staff to court, police departments, or the Department of Social Services
    • Community education and outreach
    • Community awareness activities (i.e. Take Back the Night, Crime Victims Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
  • Assist program staff with
    • Coordinating activities for residents of the safe house
    • General office duties including documentation and data entry
  • Introduction to future networking contacts
  • Potential earning of at least 3 college credits

How to apply:

  • Coordinate placement through a supervising professor. Direct inquiries for independent study are welcome.
  • Mail, fax or drop off a fully completed Intern Application
  • Interview with Program Staff
  • Complete agency documentation upon acceptance
      1. Confidentiality Pledge
      2. Internship Guidelines

For more information:

Contact the Violence Intervention Program
3 West Broadway, Oneonta NY 13820
P: 607.433.8038 
F: 607.433.8029
E: tashton@ofoinc.org