Social Work Interns

BFDP has one of the biggest social work internship programs in the  City.  BFPD offers an exciting program that focuses on developing  advocacy and crisis management skills in a face-paced environment.
As today is my last day here as an intern, I just wanted to thank all of you for the meaningful experience that I have had the last 8 months. I have learned so much from the truly inspirational staff here that never give up no matter how hard a situation is. All of your hard work and commitment impressed me each and every day and I cannot thank you all enough for such a great experience. A special thanks to Gittel and Jill for being such a great support system and teaching me how to grow in every situation.
— Social Work Intern, Winter-Summer 2012

Each  year, BFDP hosts ten social work interns from Columbia, Fordham, New  York University, and Hunter Schools of Social work. Interns have gone on  to work at BFDP as full time social workers.  Interns are paired with a  SIFI certified social worker for field instruction, and work in teams  of attorneys and parent advocates to providing holistic and  comprehensive advocacy services. Interns advocate for clients at case  conferences held at ACS and at foster care agencies, conduct home  visits, observe family visits at agencies, and escort clients in  emergency need to PATH, Public Assistance, Shelters, and NYCHA  appointments.  Students will learn skills in crisis management,  advocacy, mediation, and linking clients with appropriate community  resources.

Today being my last day at BFDP, I just wanted to thank all of you for the enlightening experience that I have had the last 9 months. Although I have one more year in my program the skills, knowledge, wisdom, and ENERGY of BFDP will follow me into the years to come. All of your hard work and commitment is truly amazing and has inspired me even further to follow in the footsteps of the great individual here at Brooklyn Family Defense Project!
— Columbia Social Work Intern, Spring 2012

To apply for a social work internship, send your resume to Gittel Kagan, Director of Social Work, at

Thank you for the opportunity to work with such dedicated, committed and motivated staff - you have truly made my experience as an intern meaningful! I’ve enjoyed working with and learning from you all and have been inspired every day by your commitment to clients and the work that BFDP does. I hope our paths cross again one day soon!
— Social Work Intern, 2011-2012