Internship - Helping HANDS Program
Location: Indigent Health Care (HHS)

The Helping HANDS program is offering an internship with their program that includes administrative duties, shadowing of staff, and exposure to individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Helping HANDS is a jail transition program that focuses on healthcare access, navigation, delivery and support for Polk County inmates returning to the community from jail. The program focuses on inmates who have had two or more arrests in the past 12 months and are receiving psychotropic medications while in jail. Referrals to the program come from the jail or community partners. Participation is voluntary, not court ordered.

Main Assignment Responsibilities

  • Prepare agendas, minutes, reports, and presentations
  • Attend Forensic Intensive Case Management staff meetings and Helping HANDS staff meetings.
  • Become familiar with the Polk County Sequential Intercept Map (SIM)
  • Shadow staff on visits to the jail
  • Ride- along with Community Paramedic and/or Peer Specialists
  • Be prepared to encounter individuals with mental illness and substance abuse disorders.


  • Helping HANDS is open Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm
  • This assignment is specifically seeking availability for one semester
  • Scheduling will be discussed at the time of the interview



  • If completing this internship for academic credit, all required documents must be provided prior to your first scheduled day

Education Level/Classes

  • Must be in the bachelor program or above


  • Pass all applicable screenings


Skills listed below are skills either already possessed or learned through this assignment. Please complete your application in full to avoid delays in processing.

Address: 2135 Marshall Edwards Dr
Bartow, FL 33830
Minimum age:18
Near a bus stop:Yes
Court Service:No
Court Service Min Age:N/A
Times needed:
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Skills and Experience: Clerical - File/Copy/Sort/Pkg
Clerical - Data Entry/Phones
Professional - Customer Service
Physical - Physical Fitness
Other - Public Administration
Preferred Location: Any Place (Polk County)
Indoors / Outdoors
Indoors Only