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QVCC Partners with United Services Inc. to Provide Paid Internships for Human Services Majors

Quinebaug Valley Community College has announced its partnership with United Services, Inc. to provide up to 20 Human Services majors with paid internships for the Spring and Fall 2021 semesters. Funding for each of the $1,000 internships is made possible by a generous grant to United Services, Inc., by the Jeffrey P. Ossen Foundation.

“United Services is excited to work with QVCC and grateful to the Ossen Foundation for supporting this educational and experiential partnership,” said United Services President/CEO Diane Manning. “Work in the human services field is both hard and rewarding and we are excited to help students learn that first-hand as we deliver behavioral health and wellness programs to our community.”

United Services is the local mental health authority for 21 towns in northeastern Connecticut, delivering more than 30 behavioral health, wellness, and family service programs.

Interim QVCC CEO Rose Ellis notes that “the experiential learning that students will gain through the program’s internships provides them with both vital career preparation and a marketable advantage when applying for jobs. Financial support for these internships makes it possible for students with limited financial means to engage in such experiential learning opportunities without the burden of simultaneously taking on additional employment to support themselves through the semester.”

The internship requires that students successfully complete 120 hours of field work along with all course obligations. The Spring course starts on February 22, 2021.

Students who are Human Service or TAP: Social Work Studies majors, have met the Field Work I course prerequisites, and are interested in participating in this opportunity should contact June Dunn, Associate Dean of Student Outreach & Enhanced Learning, jdunn@qvcc.edu, for more information.