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Internship Opportunities with BCDA

The Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) offers many opportunities to students looking for rewarding and beneficial internship opportunities. We are pleased that you are considering BCDA for this important component of your academic career. Our mission of “strengthening lives by connecting individuals to community resources, programs and services,” is best achieved by pairing employees with interns passionate about serving senior citizens and their caregivers. The BCDA internship program creates a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience serving older adults, while learning more about the operations of an Area Agency on Aging, the aging process and resources available to the community.

BCDA Internship Process

Our years of experience hosting interns has resulted in an easy, streamlined process from start to finish. If you have any questions regarding the following steps, please contact the BCDA Administrative Office at 410-887-2109 or aginghr@baltimorecountymd.gov.

All interns are required to:

To intern in   

Internship Application deadline

Spring 2018 (January to May)

September 30, 2017

Summer 2018 (June to August)    

March 31, 2018

Fall 2018 (September to December)

May 30, 2018

Upon receipt of internship applications, BCDA staff will:

  • Review internship applications, consider the fit with the Agency and the interests of the individuals and select candidates to interview.
  • Conduct interviews with candidates and determine the best placements based on the number of internship positions available and the intern’s interests.
  • Offer the internships to prospective interns and select start dates. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified at this time. 

During the intern's placement, BCDA staff will:

  • Provide selected intern with an orientation to BCDA prior to/at start of their internship assignment. All interns will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement (PDF).
  • Make periodic checks with the supervisor and intern to ensure school requirements are being met and the intern has all necessary resources for an enjoyable and growth oriented experience with the Agency. 
  • Conduct a personal exit interview with each intern prior to the conclusion of his or her internship.
  • Send a survey to each respective school or university following internship completion for their comment and feedback regarding the internship experience.

Note: Based on the education, specific assignments and client exposure, interns may or may not be required to undergo a background check and may or may not work independent of the agency supervisor or assigned staff member. Decisions to this effect will be made on an individual basis between the agency supervisor and BCDA Administrative Office.

Benefits of Interning with BCDA

Training                              

Interns are encouraged to participate in BCDA-sponsored professional development activities including conferences, workshops, webinars and lunch and learn sessions. There may be a cost for some of these activities, which may be borne by the intern.

Direct Exposure to an Older Adult Population

In most placements, interns will be working one-on-one with senior citizens and, if applicable, their caregivers. This allows them to gain a broader understanding of the issues facing older adults, as well as their interests and abilities. Our programs and services serve a range of abilities from very active and independent to frail, cognitively impaired and homebound.

Compensation

In most cases, internships with BCDA are unpaid. On rare circumstances, interns may be paid as decided by the Agency Director. In the event an intern is paid, they will be enrolled into the monthly employee process.

Parking

Interns will be expected to comply with the employee parking policy. If located at the BCDA Administrative Offices at 611 Central Avenue, parking is at a premium and interns are not allowed to park on the senior center lot. Interns will, however, be provided an opportunity to park on the street and move their car as necessary. Other senior center locations generally have parking lots where interns can park.

Mileage

Interns may be eligible for mileage reimbursement and shall consult with their supervisor to explain the process of completing a mileage reimbursement form.

Why Intern?

Internships working with older adults can be a great opportunity to find your future career niche. For inspiration, listen to a group of young professionals discuss this topic.

 
Revised August 16, 2017         

 

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