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Social Work Intern - FreshStart Program

Start date: 05/01/2023(flexible)Duration: 31 Weeks
Unpaid Internship16 - 20 hrs/wk

8 months ago


The FreshStart Program team is looking for highly motivated interns from a variety of disciplines to help food insecure individuals in El Paso and their families. Interns will work closely with the FreshStart team to assist in providing high-quality in-person case management and direct client service to FreshStart members, along with performing other duties as assigned.

The FreshStart team serves adults and families who are food insecure and economically disadvantaged. These individuals are frequently also members of minority groups, unemployed, uninsured, educationally disadvantaged, domestic violence survivors, homeless or at risk of being homeless, at or below poverty level, formerly incarcerated, or Veterans. Because El Paso is a border community, program members may also be immigrants, U.S. residents or U.S. citizens and may not speak English or may speak English as their second language.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct family-centered, strengths-based, culturally competent individualized intakes
  • Provide case management for clients which typically includes obtaining client information, identifying needs and problems, and linking clients and their families to appropriate resources
  • Help clients set relevant and concrete goals and work toward meaningful outcomes
  • Diligently track client progress and serve as an accountability partner
  • Problem-solve with clients, provide ongoing feedback, advice, and encouragement
  • Maintain records of client interactions and create progress notes for client files, including the use of Charity Tracker and/or other software for client activity logging
  • Manage individual caseload, as assigned, providing care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, and client-centered
  • Provide timely follow-up calls and reminders for clients as necessary
  • Research community resources for clients
  • Support the non-client management aspects of the FreshStart program including: preparing and distributing supplemental food boxes to clients; recruiting participants for social or human capital developing classes (ESL, Nutrition, GED, Active Living, etc.); assisting clients in obtaining clothes from clothes closet; etc.
  • Support a collaborative team environment, assisting Kelly staff members with other projects as required

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Employer Job ID: FSIntern2023

Required graduation year

2013 - 2027

Number of positions available



  • Bachelor or Masters level students who are working toward a degree in: Social Work OR Nutrition and Dietetics, Public Health or Kinesiology
  • Desired Skills:
  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Strong client service orientation
  • Bilingual (Preferred) – with both verbal and written skills
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality and work professionally with vulnerable populations and economically disadvantaged clients
  • Ability to establish appropriate client boundaries.
  • Ability to work well both independently and collectively on group projects

About Kelly Center for Hunger Relief

Kelly's Mission is to help those in need address hunger & food insecurity. Our primary programs include: a Food Pantry open five days a week; our FreshStart program - helping individuals move toward self-sufficiency; Community Clothes Closet; partnership with Jardin de Milagros for farm-fresh food, Research and Advocacy.
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Kelly Center for Hunger Relief has not provided an expected interview date. If Kelly Center for Hunger Relief chooses not to move forward with your application, they will notify you.

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  • Social Work79%

  • Psychology6%

  • Counseling Psychology2%

  • Management Science0%

  • Sociology0%

  • 137 other majors9%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • Department Of Veterans Affairs
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • NYC
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For El Paso, TX | $2,954/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,114

  • Miscellaneous$835

  • Food$408

  • Utilities$368

  • Transportation$229


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