Volunteer Opportunities / Internships
Ellisville State School offers volunteer opportunities through the Adopt-A-Friend and Volunteer Programs for individuals in the community who are interested in learning more about Ellisville State School and interacting with the individuals served through the facility’s program and services.
The Adopt-A-Friend program was implemented for individuals who receive very little or no contact from outside the facility or the community homes. The program is available to both ESS employees and interested members of the community who wish to establish and maintain contact with individuals served by the facility. Interested participants must complete an application and background check process, and comply with established policies and procedures regarding visitation and pass approvals. Adopt-A-Friends must be a minimum of 18 years of age.
Non-employees of the facility may volunteer their time to assist in designated areas of operation. Volunteer applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age and complete the application and background check process. Volunteers must also comply with established policies and procedures and will work under a designated supervisor within their placement area. Volunteer hours must be completed between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any group of organization desiring to do a volunteer project on a one-time basis will be released from completing the application and background check process. During any activity provided by a group an Ellisville State School professional staff person will be assigned to the activity for the duration of the activity.
Ellisville State School also offers non-paid internships in the following areas: Psychology, Special Education, Therapeutic Recreation, Nursing and Social Work. All participants must be enrolled in a college or university. For more information regarding internships contact the Staff Development Department at 601-477-5853.