Social Work Internship with Mental Health Division

Position Type: Internship
Location: 633 Indiana Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004

About The Job

Major Duties:

Social work interns assist the MHD social worker by:  attending treatment team meetings with clients; meeting with clients to obtain information, assist with completing forms, etc; acting as a liaison between MHD, the client and hospital staff; obtaining information from available social service agencies to a client’s suitability for services; document all work into the agency’s computer case tracking system; attending court proceedings.

Required Qualifications:

Students must have strong written and oral communication skills, and be able to work with minimal supervision.

How to Apply:

Email cover letter, resume, writing sample and 2 references (at least one from an employer) to:  [email protected],  OR fax to 202/824-2877, OR mail to:  PDS/MHD, Internship Application, 633 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

MHD internships usually begin mid-January, late May, and late August/early September – semesterly.  MHD internships usually last the duration of a semester, typically 12-15 weeks.


The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) is a federally funded, independent organization; governed by an eleven-member Board of Trustees, PDS provides legal representation to individuals facing a loss of freedom in the local criminal, delinquency, and mental health systems in the District of Columbia. PDS’s approximately 235 attorneys, social workers, investigative specialists, administrative, and technical staff collaborate with each other to advance the PDS mission. PDS’s main office is located at 633 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. District of Columbia residency is not a requirement for employment. PDS is funded by federal appropriations, and all employees are entitled to participate in the federal health and life insurance plans, the federal retirement plans (FERS, FERS-RAE, FERS-FRAE, CSRS, CSRS-Offset), and the Thrift Savings Plan. Transferring employees will receive recognition of creditable federal service for leave accrual and retirement purposes. Employment at PDS is neither federal nor District of Columbia government employment, and all employees are at-will.

PDS is an E-Verify participating agency. Please see the Right to Work Poster and the E-Verify Participation Poster for more information.


PDS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify Participant.