Intern at Palomar

Palomar has internship opportunities for students pursuing a variety of degrees. Applicants must posses a desire to learn and passion to provide comprehensive services to survivors. Please review the details below to explore available positions and training details to ensure your interest. Once you have applied for an internship, Palomar’s Volunteer & Engagement Manager will reach out to coordinate an interview. Internship spots are limited and competitive – applicants are encouraged to apply at least one semester early! 


To qualify for internship you must complete the online application. If you meet eligibility, an interview will be scheduled.

If you are accepted, you are required to pass a background check and complete the 25 Hour Foundational Training.

Palomar’s business hours are Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The bulk of intern duties will need to be completed during business hours.

The 25 Hour Foundational Training class is held 3 times a year.  Exact dates will be discussed in the interview.

General Schedule for Training:

  • Spring Training: Mid-January
  • Summer Training: Mid-May
  • Fall Training: Mid-Aug

Counseling internship positions are unavailable at this time due to staffing. 

Navigation & Case Management
(1 Year Commitment Required)

  • Shadow Palomar Navigators & Case Managers to explore direct client services offered at Palomar
  • Meet with clients to provide intakes and referrals
  • Collaborate with partner agencies to provide a warm hand off for clients
  • Providing support for programming events
  • Offer general office support

Front Desk & Phone Hospitality

  • Answer Palomar’s main phone line
  • Check-in incoming clients
  • Direct clients to the appropriate reception areas
  • Provide administrative assistance to the direct services team
  • Manage common areas to ensure a warm and welcoming environment for survivors

Children's Sanctuary

  • Offer direct supervision of children of all ages who have experienced trauma
  • Observe and learn Trust Based Relational Intervention practices
  • Provide age-appropriate play and learning

Emergency Services Shop

  • Support clients with locating items in the shop
  • Check clients out utilizing the square application
  • Stock the racks and shelves
  • Process and intake incoming donations

Special Projects & Community Events

  • Staff community events and trainings
  • Support various research projects
  • Offer specialized services to the agency
  • Provide administrative support to the engagement team

Spiritual Care Program

  • Provide connections to faith-based community resources when requested
  • Host healing circles, bible studies, and other interfaith opportunities for survivors

Animal Advocacy

  • Sort & organize donations for the pet pantry 
  • Connect clients to the pet pantry & other resources
  • Spread awareness about the animal advocacy program at community events
  • Provide administrative support to the the director of the animal advocacy program

Camp HOPE Mentoring

  • Attend Palomar’s annual Camp HOPE as a mentor (ages 18-24)
  • Participate in year-round camper reunions 
  • Provide emotional support to campers
  • Gain knowledge about evidence-based practices that support trauma-exposed youth

Legal Network

  • Review legal network applications alongside an attorney
  • Provides administrative support at VPO clinics, Legal Q&A Days, & other community initiatives
  • Gain exposure to court proceedings

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