Experience-Based Education

Oswego Children's Project Internship Program

The Oswego Children's Project is an elementary school based program that works with pre at-risk children in the Oswego City School District through the implementation of play techniques.  It is a two semester internship for juniors and seniors.  Students start the OCP Program in the fall semester and return for a second semester in the spring. Students earn a total of 6 credits (3 for each semester), once they successfully complete the program. 

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Applications are reviewed in March with interviews held in April.

Being an Oswego Children's Project Associate is enlightening and exciting! Your participation will have a direct impact on your life and the lives of the children in the program. You will gain valuable hands-on  play therapy techniques that can greatly influence your future career choices.

Responsibilities:

· Throughout the fall semester, each Child Associate will be trained in the use of play techniques and will volunteer with children at an approved location.

· Upon successfully completing the training in the fall, Child Associates will begin working one-on-one with at-risk children at the Oswego elementary schools in the spring.

· Child Associates will be responsible for completing academic assignments, including case studies that will coincide with hands-on experience.

· Each Child Associate will keep a journal of their personal experience, thoughts, and reflections throughout their training and role as a Child Associate.

Requirements:

· A minimum overall GPA of 2.5

· Junior or Senior standing at the time of the experience.

· Willingness to make a full year commitment to the program (fall and spring semesters).

- Transportation (as you will be assigned to any one of the 4 elementary schools within the city of Oswego)

Preferred Prerequisite Courses:

· CPS 310 (Intro. to Counseling)

· CPS 391 (Intro. To Family Systems)

· PSY 320 or 322 (Child/Adolescent Psychology)

Thinking about a career in Counseling, Psychology, or Social Services?

Then think about the Oswego Children's Project!

"My students really loved their college buddies. It was a very good program again this year!"

- Oswego City School District Teacher

"I loved this experience. So glad I did it."

-Former Child Associate

"It has opened my eyes to this field and now I can certainly say that I am considering it as a career choice. Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!!"

-Former Child Associate