Careers at CHS
We have employment opportunities in a variety of our programs and in various locations, some office-based and some community-based.We strive to have a diverse workforce and inclusive organization. It is our privilege and obligation to serve under-served and dis-enfranchised populations. We are seeking employees who have a commitment to community-based services. Our values are to embrace diversity, provide accessibility, champion collaboration, demand accountability, personify integrity, and to have fun. We have employment opportunities in our Shoreline, Edmonds, and Everett offices, plus positions that work in schools, medical clinics, or other community locations as well as home-based services.
If CHS sounds like an agency that would be a good fit for you, we’d love to hear from you.
Exceptional Employee Benefits
- 100% Paid Medical with no deductibles, co-pays, or co-insurance) – you pay nothing for health care including prescriptions
- 100% Paid Dental Insurance
- 100% Paid Life Insurance (1 x annual salary)
- 100% Paid Long Term Disability Insurance
- 403-B Retirement Plan with up to 3% Match by CHS
- 12 Days of Paid Vacation per Year (+ one day per year of service; maximum 20 days)
- 12 Days of Paid Sick Leave per Year
- 11 Paid Holidays
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Note: Benefits are prorated for part-time employees
Other Reasons to Work at CHS
- Weekly individual clinical supervision (usually by an “approved” supervisor) and weekly group case consultation
- Smaller caseloads than most
- Internal & external training available
- Insistence of employee self-care
- Our commitment to social justice – We primarily work with a diverse population of people who have low income and/or are disenfranchised people.
- Designation of a Trauma-Informed Organization
- Collaborative spirit
- CARF Accredited Organization
CHS accepts approximately 6-12 interns each year. Interns typically complete their placement with one treatment program. CHS strives to maintain a pleasant, efficient, and professional work environment that fosters cooperation and understanding. Workplace policies are designed to create an environment where all staff, including interns and members of the public, are treated respectfully and with consideration. All staff, including interns, fulfill their assigned tasks, present a professional appearance at all times, and behave in a manner that will not discredit the agency. Please call our main office for more details about internship opportunities (206) 362-7282). CHS may serve as an internship site for various disciplines. Please refer to the Programs/Services tab of this web page to learn more about the services provided in specific programs.
CHS Internship Opportunities
Mental Health and Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Internships
CHS is proud to be an internship site for the field experience required as part of WA state Counseling educational degree plan. We provide graduate students opportunities to utilize their knowledge and coursework through engaging and assuming responsibility of select tasks for the promotion of learning, knowledge application and practice while under the supervision of an experienced licensed professional. Interns gain practical experience through direct service to clients, projects and/or through special assignments, or research that support federal, state, and community-based programs, policies, and best practices in the treatment of mental illness, and psychosocial stressors.
CHS is also an internship site for students in a Bachelors’ degree programs. We provide these students opportunities to conduct case management with clients, assist Masters’ level clinicians, and also participate in special projects or assignments.
More about Mental Health and Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Internships
Overview of Mental Health Internships at CHS
A “typical” 20-hour-a-week intern will got through an evolution in their time at CHS. The first month of internship is focused on providing training and structure to help you begin your journey as a clinician. Caseloads will vary between 5 and 10 clients in the first several months. As your time at CHS progresses, you will spend approximately 60% in direct service, 20% in indirect service delivery–documentation/client files and 20% in training and supervision. A typical internship case-load will consist of 12-15 clients.
We recognize our interns are not considered primary therapists, they carry a limited caseload of clients and are supervised by experienced and trained clinicians. The limited caseload provides necessary time for training, supervision, case management including but not limited to treatment planning, documentation and maintenance of assigned client files.
Mental Health Internship Opportunities:
- Clinic-based Mental Health: We provide mental health treatment to children, youth, and families who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. We work with such issues as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, ADD/ADHD, divorce and separations as well as other family disruptions and transitions. We use a strengths-based approach and strive to tailor our services to the particular strengths and needs of each of our client. Interns in the Family Mental Health program are located at our 148th and Edmonds Clinics.
- Infant-Early Childhood Mental Health (IEC MH): We provide relationship-focused interventions to parents, foster parents, or other primary caregivers with children ages birth through five years old. Children and parents often need help recovering from the effects of early trauma, loss, family conflict, addiction, abuse and stress. Sometimes parenting is not what parents expect it to be, or other challenges like depression or anxiety, and sleep or feeding challenges can make caring for a new baby difficult. All of these things can greatly impact the development of the child and the parent-child relationship. A key goal in our IEC work is a more satisfying relationship between the caregiver and child. The treatment models used at CHS are evidence-based and include Promoting First Relationships and the Child-Parent Psychotherapy model for working with trauma. We believe when parents are nurtured and supported themselves, they are better able to meet the needs of their children. Interns in the IEC program are based at our 170th Office, but spend the majority of their time out of the office, visiting clients in their homes, or “third places” in King and Snohomish Counties.
- School-based Mental Health Counseling Support: In providing mental health treatment to children and youth, often the easiest place to meet with our clients are at their schools. Based out of Snohomish County, school based interns will be assigned to various schools in several school districts such as Edmonds, Everett, and Mukilteo School Districts. Emphasis of this internship is providing structured, systemic care for clients within their schools, connecting with families and educators to provide a robust, well-rounded understanding and support system for the child.
- Students studying for their MACP (Master of Counseling Psychology), MFT (Marriage and Family Therapy), MSW (Master of Social Work) are all eligible to apply. If your degree program differs from those listed, please inquire about your eligibility. Also inquire about the unique requirements of MFT and MSW degrees as we may not be able to accommodate some of those. Contact us at .
- Students studying for their Bachelors degree are eligible to apply for case management positions or special projects.
- CHS and the applicant’s school must have a signed learning agreement completed by the start of their internship start date.
- Interns are expected to complete a minimum of 700 hours (approximately 20 hours per week) or the minimum hours required by their school’s programs.
Internship Application Process
- CHS Internships begin in the fall of each year. The application process begins in March when applications are due and on-site interviews begin to take place.
- Interns must be available to begin their Internship the first week of September. During internship, Tuesday availability (12:30pm – 3:30pm) is required for weekly staff meetings and onsite training.
- In addition to the application, found at the link on this page, CHS also asks that you attach an updated resume, taking care to incorporate any relevant training or experience. We also ask that your application be submitted with a Cover Letter, and a reference letter.
- Once CHS Leadership is able to review your application, you may be invited to join other applicants for a group or individual interview.
- For more information on the selection process, please email our Mental Health Intern Coordinator at .
Fall 2020 Internship Deadlines:
- Internship period commitment: First week of September 2020 until last week of June 2021.
- First round of applications are due on March 6, 2020. A completed application packet must be sent to by this date to be considered for the first round of interviews. The interview for this round of applications is March 19, 2020 from 1:00pm – 3pm at our Edmonds Location. The majority of our mental health interns will be selected after these interviews. Interns will be contacted by no later than March 26th with interview results.
- Second round of applications are due on April 3, 2020. A completed application packet must be sent to by this date to be considered for this second round of interviews. The interview for this round will take place on April 23, 2020 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at our Edmonds Location. Interns will be contacted by no later than April 30th with interview results.
Substance Use Disorder Internships
A student is allowed to serve as a SUDP trainee (SUDPT) if the student meets the requirements of a SUDP trainee and has the required documentation from the appropriate certifying/licensing entity. These are paid positions.
More About Substance Use Disorders Treatment Internships at CHS
Overview of Substance Use Disorders Treatment Internships at CHS
CHS is proud to be an internship site for the field experience required as part of WA state’s Substance Use Disorders Trainee programs. We provide students who are working toward their Substance Use Disorders Professional (SUDP) certification with opportunities to utilize their knowledge and coursework through engaging and assuming responsibility of select tasks for the promotion of learning, knowledge application and practice while under the supervision of an experienced SUDP. Interns gain practical experience through projects, special assignments, or research that support federal, state, and community-based programs, policies, and best practices in the treatment of substance use disorders, and psychosocial stressors. Ideally, CHS will have two SUD interns at all times at our Shoreline location and one at our Everett site.
Our interns are expected to adhere to our mission and values.
- CHS SUD internships require the applicant to be actively seeking their SUDP.
- Interns are expected to complete a minimum of 3 months (approximately 20 hours per week) or the minimum hours required by their school’s programs.
- If the potential intern is in recovery from substance use, they must have been clean and sober for the last 2 years.
Internship Application Process
- Potential interns can apply at any time and the internships may begin at any time.
- Interviews will be conducted.
- Internship selection is based on their application, interview(s), and the availability of an internships,
Non-profit management / Accounting / Human Resources Internships
CHS welcomes a limited number of interns to help with administration to perform such duties as: filing, shredding, scanning, answering phones, etc. No application necessary. Just call Michelle at 206-631-8894.