Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare’s unpaid internships are for individuals interested in careers in community-based integrated healthcare. Internships are designed to provide mentorship, experiential learning, opportunities to develop new skills, and exposure to nonprofit management. Some interns will have specific job roles while others will have project-based responsibilities. While interns work under the direction of a single supervisor, they may have the opportunity to work with people throughout the agency.

As an intern, you’ll have:

  1. Cascadia BHC orientation
  2. Exposure to various departments/divisions within Cascadia
  3. Access to training and workshops on topics including Mental Health First Aid, Gender 101, Trauma-Informed Care
  4. Mileage reimbursement, if the internship requires you to travel to multiple Cascadia sites

All available internships (including observational medical rotations, clinical rotations, practicums, and internships) are posted in the job opportunities system. To filter listings, select “Internship” under “Position Type.” Postings are open until filled. Complete the full application process in order to be considered for a position.


All internships must be formally established with a university/college/training program within the community via an affiliation agreement/contract with Cascadia. If you are a university/college not listed below and would like to partner with Cascadia for internship placements, please contact Please note that due to the pandemic Cascadia does not plan to create new partnerships until late 2021.

  • School of Social Work
  • Counselor Education Program
  • School of Public Health
  • Federal Work Study Program
  • Department of Social Work
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Chiropractic
  • School of Nursing
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Physical Assistant
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Health Professions
  • Master of Arts in Counseling
  • Nursing
  • Human Nutrition
  • Physician Assistant
  • Psychiatry Rotation
  • Masters of Social Work
  • School of Healthcare Administration & Leadership
  • School of Occupational Therapy
  • School of Pharmacy
  • School of Physician Assistant Studies
  • School of Professional Psychology
  • Alcohol & Drug Counseling
  • Occupational Skills
  • Gerontology
  • School of Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Human Physiology

Requirements & expectations

In order to be considered for an internship, each individual must:

  • Pass a Criminal Background Check (CBC): Interns shall receive a Criminal Background Check (CBC) through Oregon’s Department of Human Services via Cascadia’s Human Resources Department (at no cost to student). Placement at Cascadia is contingent upon submission of results of required CBC.  Prior to receipt of a student’s final fitness determination, if students receive preliminary approval, they may be engaged in orientation, training and work activities that do not include unsupervised contact with those receiving services. Students disqualified by DHS/Background Check Unit (BCU) will be immediately disengaged from placement.  The student’s placement may be reinstated if an appeal is processed by DHS/BCU and the disqualification is reversed. Please see FAQs for more info on the CBC.
  • Earn academic credit/satisfy a degree requirement.
  • Follow and adhere to Cascadia’s confidentiality requirements, including the federal Health Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), Cascadia’s client confidentiality policies, including any and all applicable Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) and Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) which support client confidentiality.
  • If accepted into an intern position, complete Cascadia’s onboarding process, including agency orientation and student/intern documentation.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a commitment to helping underserved members of our communities.

Application process

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