Waukesha County


Thank you for your interest in the Waukesha County Department of Health & Human Services (WCDHHS) and our opportunities for student interns. To further the mission of the Department and to support the future human services workforce, the staff of WCDHHS takes pride in offering internship opportunities to students enrolled in a wide range of bachelors and masters level programs in area universities and colleges. Select a division below to learn more and view potential student internships.

If you are a student seeking information on current opportunities, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

If you are a university liaison seeking options for a placement agreement with WCDHHS, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form providing your contact information and request.

Opportunities for student internships are limited. A contractual agreement between WCDHHS and the university is a requirement for consideration of placement of a student.

For further information about Waukesha County programs and services, please refer to the WCDHHS homepage at www.waukeshacounty.gov/HHS.

Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

ADRC provides older adults and people with physical or developmental/intellectual disabilities the resources needed to live with dignity and security, and achieve maximum independence and quality of life. The goal of the ADRC is to empower individuals to make informed choices and to streamline access to the right and appropriate services and supports. The Senior Nutrition Progam and Resource Center offer placement opportunities.

Student internship types: Nutrition/Dietetics, Aging and Disability Services.

To apply, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

Public Health

The mission of the WCDHHS Public Health Division is to promote health and wellness, prevent disease, and to foster community environments that support an atmosphere of positive behavioral choices.

Student internship types: Nutrition/Dietetics, Health Educator, Public Health, Public Health - Nursing, Modern Languages.

To apply, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

Children and Family

The WCDHHS provides a variety of direct and collaborative services to families and their children. Some families face the problems of child abuse or neglect. Others confront difficulties, which may threaten the ability of children to live within the family. Emphasis is on protection and establishing a permanent living situation for the children with their own family. These services are provided in order to create strong environments for the health and development of children.

Student internship type: Social Work.

To apply, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

Adolescent and Family

WCDHHS offers community-based services to adolescents and families who have been placed on supervision by the Juvenile Court, or who are at risk of coming to the court's attention. Services are provided to adolescents and their families where severe family conflict exists, or when a youth is truant, uncontrollable, or delinquent. The goal is to keep families together and work through challenging circumstances. Social workers strive to provide culturally competent services and connections to community resources. Social workers conduct home visits, school visits, office visits, and monitor Juvenile Court orders. They act as advocates for youth and families in areas such as the community, schools, and court.

Student internship type: Social Work.

To apply, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

Intake and Shared Services

WCDHHS Intake and Shared Services Division serves individuals and families of Waukesha County by providing quality and professional services at the initial point of contact. These services include information and referral, child protective and crisis services, economic assistance, and supportive and stabilizing services. Collaboration and coordination within the WCDHHS, with community professionals and volunteers, are essential to the delivery of quality services. We are committed to providing excellence in service delivery, while encouraging individuals and families to utilize their strengths toward independence and self-sufficiency.

Student internship type: Social Work.

To apply, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

Administrative Services - Health Information Management

The WCDHHS Administrative Services Division is responsible for coordinating and providing operational, fiscal, and management information systems support. The Division coordinates the annual budget process along with monitoring budget variances, reporting of business data analytics, department-specific business application support, computer training, and system administration. Administrative Services monitors WCDHHS compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Privacy Security/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, corporate compliance oversite, clinical medical records management, and centralized administrative support. 

Student internship types: Health Information Management, Health Information Technology

To apply, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

Clinical Services Division 

Mental Health and Substance Use Services

The WCDHHS Clinical Services Division provides confidential, comprehensive mental health and substance use services to Waukesha County residents of all ages. Our multi-disciplinary teams promote recovery and share a philosophical commitment to the dignity of the individual and the belief that individuals and their families can, with assistance, positively respond to the challenges that life's problems and crises present. Program areas include outpatient and inpatient mental health and substance use services, crisis intervention, clinical case management, community support, comprehensive community services, treatment courts, and civil court proceedings under Chapter 51 Wisconsin Statutes.

Student internship types: Mental Health and Substance Use Services, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Nursing, and Nurse Practitioner - Mental Health.

To apply, please complete the Student Internship Inquiry Form.

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