Student Intern Program


Program Area: Office of the Professions

Program Office: State Board for Social Work and State Board for Mental Health Practitioners


Manager/Chief: David Hamilton, Ph.D., LMSW, Executive Secretary
  1. Office/Bureau Description

The Office of the State Board for Social Work and the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners works as part of the Office of the Professions to protect the public through the license, regulation, practice and discipline of the professions of: Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, Creative Arts Therapist, and Psychoanalyst. The Executive Secretary to the State Boards and staff in the Board Office coordinate the activities of the State Boards, including scheduling of meetings and disciplinary hearings, engages in public outreach and education, and coordinates with the Division of Professional Licensing Services to determine whether an applicant meets the requirements established in law for education, examination and/or experience for licensure.


  1. Intern's Supervisor

David Hamilton, Ph.D. LMSW is the Executive Secretary to the State Boards and is the intern's supervisor. Hamilton holds a bachelor's in psychology degree (Loyola Marymount University, 1979), a master's in social work degree (UCLA, 1989) and a doctoral degree in social work (Virginia Commonwealth University, 1998). He has previously supervised interns from the MSW program at the University at Albany; MSW program at Springfield College, Massachusetts; BSW program at Nazareth College; Guidance Counseling master's program at Sage Graduate School, Troy; and taught the course "Introduction to Social Work" at Siena College (2000 to 2003). The intern will receive weekly supervision and task supervision and guidance on an as-needed basis.

  1. The Assignment (Description of Job)

The intern will function as part of the State Board Office and, depending on the intern's skills and availability, will perform duties as assigned by the supervisor, including but not limited to:

  • Review Department policies and procedures and existing documentation to create orientation materials for members of the State Board;
  • Review Education Law and Commissioner's Regulations and existing documentation, including applications, to create presentations for distribution to graduate schools or others on professional practice of the social work and mental health professions in New York;
  • Assist in the development of customer-friendly information about licensure and discipline in the professions, targeted primarily to graduate students and prospective applicants.
  • Collect and review data on disciplinary complaints against licensees to identify patterns and other significant factors to identify areas in which additional education is required to eliminate or reduce professional misconduct;
  • Assist in the review and evaluation of applicants' experience for licensure, limited permits or psychotherapy privilege;
  • Assist in the systematic review of procedures and processes for the review and approval of applications in the Office of the Professions to identify ways in which customer service can be improved;
  • Attend meetings of the State Boards, legislative sessions, and other activities as directed to develop an understanding of processes and procedures of interpersonal interactions, problem identification and resolution, and policy-making; and
  • Other activities as assigned


  1. Intern Development Plan

The intern's job duties will be adjusted to reflect the demands of the education program, if any, including appropriate readings, reflections, written assignments, or other tasks that are necessary for academic credit. If the internship does not earn academic credit, the intern will receive an appropriate evaluation at the conclusion of the activity and interim reports as necessary. The intern's work will be reviewed on a regular basis by the supervisor with feedback to improve skills related to the assigned tasks.



Last Updated: March 6, 2012