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MSW, Policy Practicum Internship, CWCS (ID: 109205) for Spring 2023


Off of Children and Family Svcs

163 West 125th Street
New York , NY 10027
Phone: (518) 473-7936

Division/Unit: CWCS NYCRO


Web Site: http://ocfs.ny.gov(New Window)


Proposal Information


The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), promotes quality child welfare services and good case practice along with services to children, youth, and families in the New York City region. This is done through partnerships, oversight, monitoring, supervision, technical assistance, and resources in order to expeditiously advance positive changes in the lives of children and families.
The field placement site is in the NYC Regional Office (NYCRO), Prevention, Program Assessment, and Improvement unit (PPAI).
(a) Developing a deeper understanding of the policy analyst's role and function. The importance of how policies are developed for legislation, developed from legislation, drafted/prepared for implementation, including the impact of policies at the community, social and economic, organizational, and personal/familial levels. Skills were enhanced to identify legislation relevant to child welfare as well as the policies that affect program and procedure change.
(b) Developing an understanding of the importance of adherence to statutory standards and mandates, including how to ably monitor policy sustainability through ongoing reassessment/amendment/suspension of existing policies and practice principles.
(c) Building ongoing practical experience to develop knowledge regarding networking and the importance of communication with stakeholders.
(d) Strengthening platform skills.
(e) Developing reliable and valid tools to measure fidelity of organizational policy and practice.
(f) Utilizing available resources to enhance practical knowledge of program development from a global perspective as compared to individual approaches.
(g) Ongoing review of the standards that contribute to successful policy implementation, programmatic operations, growth, and sustainability.
(h) Understanding how an organization's internal and external policies are designed. And, how to prioritize an organization's mission/policies/procedures while retaining the balance for administrative, supervisory, and front-line staff.
(i) Developing time and task management skills.
(j) Gaining global perspectives on how best to measure and analyze child welfare policy vs. practice.
(k) Developing and strengthening critical assessment and analytical skills.
Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. OCFS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. OCFS is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for persons with disabilities and workplace diversity. It is the policy of OCFS to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities to enable them to perform the essential functions of the position for which they are applying or for which they are employed. OCFS does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under title I of the ADA.



Writing and Verbal Skills

Time & Task Management Skills

Critical Assessment & Analytical Skills

Interpersonal Relationship Skills

Professional Ethics


Internship Areas: Planning/Analysis/Research, Policy Enforcement, Public Policy

Logistical Information

Payment? Paid

Number of Hours: 20 - 30

Location: New York

Number of Interns Needed: 2

Desired Candidate Profile

Preferred Standing Graduate Student

Minimum Standing: Graduate Student

Degree Concentrations: Social Science, Social Work