Straight Talk Program, Inc. has a variety of internships available for high school, college, and graduate students.
College and Graduate Interns
Straight Talk Program, Inc. (STP), founded in 1990 by Phyllis McNeal, is a 501c3, tax exempt organization that works toward:
- Reducing crime, incarceration, and recidivism by promoting healthy lifestyle choices for at-risk youth and adults.
- Utilizing the knowledge and experience of formerly incarcerated people to positively influence others to make positive choices.
- Reducing the incarceration rate in the State of California juvenile and state prison systems.
- Empowering ex-offenders who have broken the criminal behavior chains to become positive role models and contributing citizens.
The Straight Talk Program is a mobile speaker’s bureau comprised of a panel of ex-offenders who give motivational talks to deter at-risk youth from pursuing negative lifestyles. Therefore, the interns will be assigned to the field, conducting home visits, interviews, and engaging the family to work through solving their problems, and addressing their concerns, and/or issues.
Starting Over, Inc. provides transitional housing and reentry services to homeless and formerly incarcerated men and women. Starting Over has been a partner of Straight Talk Program for the past five years and has is an effective transitional housing provider and a leader in the application of evidence based practices to lower recidivism.
College and graduate interns will be working with at-risk youth and adults in the community at different venues where Straight Talk Program, Inc., visits and participates. Assignments are based on the needs of the youths and adults who are requesting additional counseling or assistance.
Interns will be assigned to one of the five transitional homes of Starting Over, Inc., in the Los Angeles and Riverside County, where Straight Talk Program provides services to their clients. These services include, but are not limited to: individual and family counseling, case assessment of the client's needs, life skills goals and career assessments, clients intake interview, individual, and family counseling sessions, conducting groups, and responsible for conducting weekly house meetings with the clients and staff.
College and Graduate Interns will have the opportunity to:
- Learn how to write clear, concise reports.
- Attend court-appointed criminal and non-criminal cases.
- Become individual advocates for clients.
- Complete various assignments and projects.
- Attend community meetings and make recommendations.
- Participate in public policy and initiatives.
- Interview ex-offenders who are currently volunteer speakers for the program and clients and their families at the Starting Over, Inc., transitional facilities.
- Develop a community resource directory book.
- Visits prisons, juvenile detention centers, camps, churches, schools and other venues with the Straight Talk Program.
- Assist our grant writer by conducting valuable research and collecting data from program evaluation forms to measure the successful outcome of the program.
- Work with law enforcement personnel, educators, clergy, community leaders, and non-profit organizations and social services agencies.
- Undergraduate Interns will be expected to work at least 10 to 13 hours per week. Graduate interns' weekly hours will depend on their university requirement.