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Field Report: Eden House

There are a lot of things that I have helped out with at Eden House that I am very proud of, but one in particular is the Eden House Internship program that my co-worker Maggie and I designed and have implemented.

We have had interns since I started but at the beginning, it was unstructured, and they would all help us out with any task at hand. But now, we have created different types of internships:

1. The Administrative/ Development internship helps with grants, in-kind donation requests, and various non-profit administrative tasks.

2. The Resident Support internship position has more contact with the Eden House residents. They may take them grocery shopping, to doctors/therapy appointments, or to AA/NA meetings.

3. The Social Media/Marketing internship assists me with research for Facebook and Twitter posts along with helping me with the bi-weekly newsletter.

Additionally, there are opportunities for social work students to have internships under the supervision of our Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Maxine Kimbrell and Law students to have legal internships under the supervision of our Executive Director, Kara Van de Carr.

Eden House interns after completely organizing the donation closet.

Eden House interns after completely organizing the donation closet.

We launched the Eden House internship in the summer of 2014 and had 12 interns!! This fall we had 10 and this spring we have 13 (including legal and social work)! Most of them were in school at Tulane, Loyola, or UNO, but some have traveled from out of state to participate in our program. Many of the bright young women who have been selected for this program are studying psychology, public health, or political science and have a passion with work with women who are survivors of commercial sexual exploitation or human trafficking to rebuild their lives.

Eden House intern, Maggie, assembling a bike that donated.

Eden House intern, Maggie, assembling a bike that donated.

Another impressive part of the Internship Program is the professional development series that we offered. Speaker included: Dr. Vivienne Hayne, Eden House’s volunteer psychiatrist; Dr. Stacy Drury, Associate professor of Psychiatry and behavior science at Tulane; John Shalett, social worker at Trinity Counseling and Training Center; Jim Letten, Assistant Dean of Tulane Law School and former U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Louisiana; Adrienne Wheeler, lawyer and co-founder of Justice and Accountability Center; Christy Harowski, deputy city attorney with New Orleans attorney’s office; Taneka Harris, FBI Special Agent; and Sharon Normand, trauma and addiction specialist at Addition Recovery Resources of New Orleans.

As we prepare for a busy summer at Eden House, we will be accepting another group of interns. The deadline is Monday, March 2nd. If you or anyone you know are interested in an internship, email info@edenhousenola.org for application information.


Eden House interns and staff at Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse.



This entry was posted on February 10, 2015 by in VISTA Field Reports.



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