Career Pathways
Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate college students

Career Pathways is an internship and service learning program for college students considering a career in the mental/behavioral health, juvenile justice, and/or adoption/foster care systems. The program is designed to be a pipeline for the next generation of highly qualified and diverse helping professionals (i.e. social workers, counselors, therapists, etc.)

The Career Pathways Program’s internship component provides interns with a structured teaching and learning environment – this enhances and enriches students’ learning experience by combining academics with practical field work. The Career Pathways Program Coordinator meets individually with each intern at the beginning of his/her placement to review the student’s curriculum and develop a plan that includes interns being assigned with meaningful internship projects and activities aligned with their course study. 



Early Careers at SSYAF: Hear From Our Interns

BSW Intern, Pathways to Permanency 
“A positive experience that stood out during my internship was all of the support from staff, my field supervisor, and my task supervisor. They provided me with a substantial amount of information to further my career and education in social work.

How to Apply

Click here to create an account to apply to any of the open internship opportunities. After you apply to an open position, our team will contact you to confirm an interview time.

General Inquiries:

Contact our Career Pathways Coordinator via email at or phone at (916) 344-0199.


Higher Education Partnerships

  • Brandman University
  • California State University – Sacramento
  • Capella University
  • Florida State University (FSU)
  • Los Rios Community College District
  • Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Palo Alto University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Pacific (UOP)
  • University of San Francisco
  • Walden University
  • Bastyr University
  • California Baptist University
  • Touro University Worldwide
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Phoenix