THRIVE’s developing internship program centers undergraduate students whose identities are marginalized.
* We prioritize applications from underrepresented LGBTQ2S+ persons of color, persons living with disabilities, Two Spirit, trans-femme and/or femme nonbinary individuals, and/or veterans. THRIVE Lifeline is volunteer-run and fully staffed by people with diverse, underrepresented identities. We are majority POC and LGBTQ2S+ and seek to serve our communities.
**As an all-volunteer staff, we currently do not offer paid internships.
We are currently accepting applications for internship positions for the 2021-2022 academic year and will keep interest open for waitlist opportunities as positions are filled.
Click here to submit your interest form. We will reply back with a formal application.
You may be pursuing a degree in psychology, sociology, social work, pre-medicine, public health, or any number of human-serving disciplines, and seeking an internship or practicum that will
You may be in a rural area or otherwise lack access to an identity-affirming internship or practicum. Our interns and volunteers work remotely and internationally. We are able to provide you support, wherever you are!
Our internship program is designed to offer a combined 120 hours (9 - 12 months) of crisis intervention training, professional development, regular connection with a mentor, and supervised crisis response on THRIVE Lifeline. Our training is centered in Whole-Human, empathetic support, cross-identity affirmation, trauma-informed care, and skillful deescalation. When you are onboarded, you will be paired with a mentor who will work directly with you throughout training and as you begin shifts on THRIVE Lifeline.
Please let us know if your degree program has specific requirements for your mentor.
40-50 hours of training will include:
70-80 hours of crisis response:
Once you have completed training, you will transition to being a Crisis Responder on THRIVE Lifeline. On-call shifts are 3 hours each, and interns complete 1 - 2 shifts per week. The Lifeline is available 24/7/365, so we seek flexible availability.
We understand the barriers that many in our communities face and the impacts to resumes, skill building, and academic training that result. For those who are interested, we provide additional leadership training and experience, opportunities to train others, contribute to curriculum development, learn how to operate a non-profit organization, etc. We provide superb references, support writing of funding applications and personal statements, and are dedicated to empowering you to reach your personal dreams!
Interested interns should:
Be undergraduate students
Be seeking an unpaid internship or practicum experience that centers people with marginalized identities
Be 18+ years of age
Have reliable access to a computer with high speed internet and privacy
Be able to complete 120 hours (9-12 months) of internship, including 40-50 hours of training and 70-80 hours of shifts as a Crisis Responder on THRIVE Lifeline
Attend 4 live virtual trainings
Attend weekly one-on-one meetings with your mentor
Affirm all identities, especially those that are least represented
Be willing to work in a collaborative, supportive environment and dialogue openly
Be willing to learn and grow through supportive and constructive feedback
Be willing to offer support to other volunteers, especially those who are responding to texters in crisis
THRIVE interns gain:
Click here to submit your interest form. We will reply back with a formal application within 48 hours.