Here’s what Jenn had to say about her intern work with Hope For The Warriors®.
A typical day as a MSW intern ranged in a variety of different tasks. As a track B student at Fordham
University I was required to do both clinical and administrative work.
This including gathering information about their medical history, combat
injury, financial status, family system, psychological functioning, and social
support systems. During this intake interview I would also ask the service member what they
were seeking from Hope For The Warriors®. Some clients were seeking financial assistance and others
were interested in the other programs. Once
I completed the intake interview, I would have to assess if the client met the
necessary criteria for financial assistance. I would reach out to the service member for necessary documents and VA paperwork to
complete their intake application. Sometimes I would create a document of
resources available for the service member, depending on their needs. After assisting the service member, I
would end the assignment and follow up 30, 60, and 90 days after completion. This was a very challenging aspect of my internship, but it provided so much insight into the challenges and needs of today’s service members and military families.
The remainder of my time
as an intern was spent collaborating in local staff meetings, critical care staff meetings, clinical and task
supervisions, and working local events.
I believe this internship has prepared me for the field of Social Work, specifically from the lens of real-world military cultural competency training. My work contributed to the quantity and quality of case management within Hope For The Warriors® and I am appreciative of the opportunity. This program puts invaluable focus on the importance of being a leader in the field of mental health, which is a priority for me and Hope For The Warriors®.