“Thank you so much for this opportunity. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I learned so much and enjoyed working with everyone, both interns and residents. I will definitely be coming to visit over the school year. Thank you for giving me a summer I will never forget.”

– Divya, a Neuroscience and Psychology major at Brandeis University

Students gain valuable, hands-on education and experience through Supportive Living internships by assisting brain injury survivors in health and wellness programs in one-on-one and group settings.  Most interns major in Health Science, Exercise Science, Nutrition, Neuroscience or Public Health.  Through the internship program students can:

  • Integrate theoretical information with practical experience in professional settings involving direct interaction as a member of a health care team
  • Gain experience to advance your own career planning and expand career potential
  • Provide a public service to individuals with brain injury
  • Acquire relevant hands-on experience for applications to professional programs in physical therapy, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and other graduate/professional programs
  • Get exposure to other aspects of the community care setting such as business, legal, insurance, administrative, and personnel issues to broaden your understanding of the healthcare industry
  • Integrate the content, skills and experience gained in health science courses and apply them to clinical and human performance problems while practicing independent, self-directed learning
  • Effectively access, understand and evaluate the primary literature in biomedical science and apply this knowledge to research/clinical situations

Front Row from left: Isaac: Villanova, Audrey: Wellesley, Ethan: BU, Rachael: Wheaton College. Second Row: Serena: Columbia, Sharla: BU, David: Cornell. Third Row: Sara: Union College, Rachel: Wellesley. Fourth Row: Lenka: Cornell, Caroline: UVA, Divya: Brandeis. Top Row: Ryan: Bates College.

Front Row from left: Isaac: Villanova, Audrey: Wellesley, Ethan: BU, Rachael: Wheaton College. Second Row: Serena: Columbia, Sharla: BU, David: Cornell. Third Row: Sara: Union College, Rachel: Wellesley. Fourth Row: Lenka: Cornell, Caroline: UVA, Divya: Brandeis. Top Row: Ryan: Bates College.

Front Row from left: Isaac (Villanova), Audrey (Wellesley), Ethan (BU), Rachael (Wheaton College). Second Row: Serena (Columbia), Sharla (BU), David (Cornell). Third Row: Sara (Union College), Rachel (Wellesley). Fourth Row: Lenka (Cornell), Caroline (UVA), Divya (Brandeis). Top Row: Ryan (Bates College).

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Interested in gaining hands-on, real-life experience in a Supportive Living internship?  See our Winter 2020 Internship program below.  You can also check out our 2017 Summer Camp photo album, where many summer interns shared experiences and fun as well as this video where Patrice shares some of her intern experience.

Brain Injury Adaptive Exercise Program Internship: Winter-Spring 2020

Intern Role: Assist with delivering a physical fitness program designed to improve the quality of life of survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI).

Location: SLI Neuro Wellness Center, 7 Oakland St., Lexington, MA

Two Winter-Spring Programs: 1/27 – 5/1/2020

Monday-Wednesday-Friday 12:30pm to 5:30pm 

Tuesday-Thursday 12:30pm to 5:30pm

Description:Under the direction of the Wellness Center program director, an intern at the SLI Neuro Wellness Center will actively participate in administering an intensive physical fitness program for survivors of ABI. Interns will be hands-on, working with participants of the program, demonstrating and administering exercises from their routines.

There are two separate physical fitness internship offerings at SLI for the Winter of 2020, with one program running Monday-Wednesday-Friday and another program running Tuesday-Thursday. A full-time M-F internship can also be explored.

Commitment: Interns will complete up to 150 hours of hands-on experience for the Monday-Wednesday-Friday internship, or up to 120 hours for the Tuesday-Thursday internship. Please note these are both unpaid positions. A full-time (30+ hour), unpaid internship is also available, if required for school.

Download the position description.

North Shore Brain Injury Adaptive Exercise Program: Winter-Spring 2020

Intern Role: Assist with delivering a physical fitness program designed to improve the quality of life of survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI).

Locations:

Lunch/van Otterloo YMCA, Marblehead, MA

Gordon College, Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness, 26 Hull Street, Wenham, MA

Two Winter-Spring Programs: 1/27 – 5/1/2020

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am-12:30pm (YMCA)

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1:00pm-3:00pm (CBMW)

 

Job Description: Under the direction of the Wellness Center program director, an intern at the SLI Neuro Wellness Center will actively participate in administering an intensive physical fitness program for survivors of ABI. Interns will be hands-on, working with participants of the program, demonstrating and administering exercises from their routines.

There are two separate physical fitness internship offerings at SLI for the Winter of 2020, with one program running Monday-Wednesday-Friday and another program running Tuesday-Thursday. A full-time M-F internship can also be explored.

Commitment: Interns will complete up to 150 hours of hands-on experience for the Monday-Wednesday-Friday internship, or up to 120 hours for the Tuesday-Thursday internship. Please note these are both unpaid positions. A full-time (30+ hour), unpaid internship is also available, if required for school.

Download the position description.

For additional information regarding these internships please contact Kara Lavertu, Neuro Wellness Program Manager, Supportive Living, Inc. at klavertu@supportivelivinginc.org

“This internship has changed the way I act and perceive life for the better. I learned what it takes to be patient and persuasive. Working with brain injury survivors requires these aspects more than anything I have encountered in the past, and working on improving these qualities has made me a stronger person.”

– Henry, majoring in Health Sciences at Northeastern University

“Working closely with three different residents gave me a huge amount of inspiration. To see them push through and break down boundaries while exercising was an amazing experience. Although each person had some kind of limit, no one ever let that stop them and this proved a lot to me. It was truly encouraging.”

– Brooke, a Psychology major at Franklin Pierce University

Supportive Living interns come from a variety of different backgrounds, majors and colleges and universities.