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Internship in Gerontology

All undergraduate students with a minor in gerontology are required to complete a gerontology internship by taking GERO 495 – Internship in Gerontology (link to smart catalog). Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology (link to smart catalog) may take GERO 595 – Graduate Internship in Gerontology (link to smart catalog) as a program elective. Internships are open to all students with an interest in aging or gerontology.

Please see the CCSU Gerontology Internship Guide for more information on specific internship requirement and expectations.

For more information please contact Dr. Carrie Andreoletti at 860-832-1646.

Possible Internship Sites

Active Day of East Hartford 

144 Main Street, Suite J, East Hartford, CT 06118
Jennifer DiSette, Administrator
jdisette@activeday.com
860.568.9692

 

Arbor Rose at Jerome Home

975 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT  06052
Donna Valente, Activities Director & Volunteer Coordinator
valented@arborrose.org
860.229.3707

 

Arden Courts of Farmington

45 South Rd, Farmington, CT 06032
Marcy Blondin, Program Coordinator
860.677.4060

 

Borrow My Glasses, LLC

PO Box 1099, Madison, CT 06443
Donna Fedus, Gerontologist & Founder
203.318.8100

 

Catholic Charities

Joel Cruz, Director of the Institute for the Hispanic Family
jcruz@ccaoh.org
860.527.1124 EXT. 244

Program Locations:
Hispanic Senior Center, Institute for the Hispanic Family, Catholic Charities
45 Wadsworth Street, Hartford, CT 06106

South End Wellness Senior Center, Catholic Charities
830 Maple Avenue, Hartford CT 06114

Students would work with staff that oversee the Senior Centers. Students will have an opportunity to interact with seniors to help promote socialization. Assist staff and/or participate of senior center activities [i.e. exercises, arts and craft, games], gain knowledge for how to navigate State and Federal social services for the elder. (Spanish speaking students preferred for the Hispanic Senior Center.)

 

Center on Aging, UConn Health

263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030
Julie Robison, Ph.D., Professor
jrobison@uchc.edu
860.679.4278 

The internship would involve observing research staff conduct telephone and in-person interviews with older adults and people with disabilities, training on survey administration and conducting telephone interviews, data entry, and assisting with other research related tasks as needed.

 

Connecticut Coalition on Aging (CCOA) 

650 Ellsworth Avenue, New Haven, CT
Peaches Quinn, President, CCOA
peachesquinn14@gmail.com
203.915.3154 

The internship experience can be tailored to the interests and academic needs of the student. Options include: (1) Advocacy - Annual Legislative Survey - This a statewide, annual survey of older adult issue preferences. An intern could assist with survey development, data collection, and analysis. (2) Social Media/Communications - CCOA is looking to strengthen its presence on Facebook and other social media apps plus enhance its website. A student intern could assist with design, including Spanish translation of select written material. (3) Education - CCOA's annual Carlson Forum, held each June, offers a unique opportunity for an intern to participate in all aspects of planning and production of a high profile, statewide forum (i.e., topic and location selection, presenter search, event publicity, materials development, evaluation). Please note that some travel will be required (e.g. monthly CCOA Board meetings in Rocky Hill, travel to locations associated with the selected project).

 

Duncaster Retirement Community

40 Loeffler Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Jeff Fournier, Director of Life Enrichment
Jfournier@duncaster.org
860.726.2398 

Students will get an understanding of how a life care community works. They will work with the interdisciplinary health care team and get an understanding of health care within a nursing home setting. They will engage in a variety of recreational activities tailored for our clientele and get an understanding of the various health care issues inherent in the elderly including Alzheimer’s disease.

 

East Hampton Housing Authority

Governor Bill O’Neill Drive, East Hampton, CT 06424
Judie Bobbi, Executive Director
hamptonhousing@sbcglobal.net
860.267.8498

East Hampton Housing Authority has two sites, Bellwood Court and Chatham Acres, with a total of 70 units of senior/disabled residents with seven of these units being handicap accessible. The Housing Authority will hold a meet and greet for the intern and residents.  For those individuals that are shut ins, a staff member will individually introduce the intern. The intern will visit with residents in their apartments or the community room and will assist with updating and collecting survey data from residents to assess their needs about their living situation. This will assist the housing personal to be aware of any concerns or accommodations they may need assistance with. This internship will provide opportunity for personal interaction with our senior community and will give the intern a better understanding of working in the field of gerontology and provide beneficial feedback to our staff regarding support needed for our residents.

Enfield Housing Authority

1 Pearson Way, Enfield, CT, 06082
Shari Riddick, Portfolio Manager
sriddick@enfieldha.org
860.745.7493 x202

Interns would work with staff that oversee our four elderly/disabled housing sites and our congregate housing site.  Interns would assist in the office, do well being checks on residents, perform site visits, identify resident needs and provide support and resources and assist with activities.

 

Farmington Senior Center

321 New Britain Avenue, Unionville, CT 06085
Andrea Bouchard, Community & Recreation Program Assistant
boucharda@farmington-ct.org
860.675.2491

The gerontology intern is responsible for learning about the roles of the Farmington Senior Center, focusing on program development and management by assisting staff with their responsibilities. Through this internship opportunity, students will work directly with the seniors participating in various social, recreational, educational and wellness programs. The intern will be responsible with developing, advertising, and implementing their own event(s) approved by the staff.

 

Federation Homes

156 Wintonbury Avenue, Bloomfield, CT  06002
Ellen Cyr, Assistant Executive Director/RSC
ellen@federationhomes.org
860.761.3202

 

Jerome Home

975 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT 06052
Jenna Sweet, Life Enrichment Director & Volunteer Coordinator
jsweet@JeromeHome.org
860.356.8236 

The gerontology internship at Jerome Home provides the student with an exposure to long term care and the holistic support services provided. The internship experience will provide the student with group leadership training while also enhancing their basic communication skills with older adults. The intern may also be exposed to other disciplines which support the health and well-being of residents who reside in a long-term care community.

 

Mulberry Gardens

58 Mulberry Street, Plantsville, CT 06479
Donna Johnson
860.276.1020

 

New Britain Senior Center

55 Pearl Street, New Britain, CT 06051
Rex Cone, Director
Rex.cone@newbritainct.gov

860.826.3553

 

North Central Area Agency on Aging

151 New Park Ave, Box 75, Hartford, CT 06106
Maureen McIntyre, CEO
Maureen.mcintyre@ncaaact.org
860.724.6443 x283

We have several different programs and therefore interns will be assigned to work directly with program staff on specific projects. Past internships have included: working with our Senior Medicare Patrol Coordinator by representing the agency at events and meetings, working with the CEO to develop a listserv of elected officials for legislative outreach, researching issues and writing brief blogs/interest pieces. All interns have the opportunity to shadow staff and attend staff meetings for an immersion in agency life.

 

Plainville Senior Center

200 East Street, Plainville, CT 06062
Ronda Guberman, Assistant Director or Shawn Cohen, Director
Guberman@plainville-ct.gov or Cohen@plainville-ct.gov
860.747.5728 

Student interns are involved with learning all aspects of the Senior Center including: day-to-day operations, administration, social services, working with volunteers, planning and coordinating programs and special events, writing newsletter articles, creating flyers for publicity, assisting with grant reports and statistics, and more based on the time of year and Senior Center schedule.  Students become familiar with local, state and federal resources for older adults and gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of senior services.

 

 

TOVAH, Inc. 

Transforming Housing for Vibrant Affordable Housing
342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117
Kim Pietrorazio, M.S., Executive Director
860.752.9239
tovahinc@gmail.com

Program Locations:
Chase Manor I Apartments, Norwich
Chase Manor II Apartments, Norwich
Federation Square Apartments, West Hartford
Industria Commons & Brytania Square Apartments, New Britain
Ridgefield Housing Authority, Ridgefield
Sigourney Square Apartments, Hartford 

We invite you to join our team. This internship experience will provide students with exposure to the field of resident service coordination within elderly and disabled affordable independent living communities.  Interns will assist Resident Service Coordinators (RSC) in providing holistic support to residents to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency, lease compliance and individual and community life satisfaction.  Students will be fully engaged in proactive case management processes, resident engagement activities and in the coordination and facilitation of health and wellness, educational, social and recreational and capacity building programs. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in weekly Team Meetings and RSC training programs.

 

Town of Newington Senior and Disabled Center

131 Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111
Diane Stone, Director
860.665.8500

 

Town of Windsor Human Services Department 

599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT 06095
Susan Raggo, LMSW, Social Services Coordinator
raggo@townofwindsorct.com
860.285.1836

The Town of Windsor is a culturally and economically diverse community. This placement will consist of experiential learning in both the Senior Center (primary) and Social Services. Possible projects include rebranding the Senior Center. This project involves researching what other senior centers are doing, what we need to change, where we want to be and how we move forward. Information gathering may also include focus groups with Windsor Seniors, and input from other Senior Centers in Connecticut. For Social Services, the intern would participate in efforts to identify and register older adults on the town’s At Risk Registry. The At Risk Registry is used by the Town of Windsor Emergency Management. The intern would be doing outreach by phone or small group meetings.

   

West Hartford Senior Center

15 Starkle Road, West Hartford, CT 06117
Gina Marino, Director
860.561.7582

 

Wolcott View Manor

50 Beach Road, Wolcott, CT 06716
Cheryl Stolfi, Therapeutic Recreation Director
203.879.8066

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