Want to gain real world experience in the non-profit sector to boost your portfolio for college applications, build upon what you’re learning at university, or enhance your resume?

We have experience working with students and instructors to craft meaningful hands-on learning opportunities that fit your course requirements and expand your perspective.

Dozens of interns at Bell have gone on to become Bell employees, bringing what they learned – and their enthusiasm for doing good in the world – to their work.  Click on the images below to read their stories.

Want to see how YOUR Bell internship story plays out? Check out the list below and/or give us a call if there’s something specific in the fields of human services, psychology, family development & human studies, communications, business administration or human resources you’d like to explore.

Contact Outreach Coordinator Janel Fox at 717-848-5767, ext. 1515


All Bell interns must be capable of interacting with community members, agency staff and service users in a pleasant and professional manner. Sensitivity to challenges faced by individuals with mental, intellectual, and economic disability is essential.

Mental Health Services Internships

Bell’s mental health department offers a variety of opportunities for student interns to learn more about York County’s mental health system and meeting the needs of adults in our community who are living with mental illness.   Students observe direct care work and administrative functions, shadowing staff and gaining direct experience working with service users in individual and group formats.

Day time, evening, and weekend options are available. Some opportunities are paid.

Contact  Outreach Coordinator Janel Fox at 717-848-5767, ext. 1515  to schedule an appointment to meet with the mental health services team.

Storytelling Superstar

Students enrolled in Communications, Creative and/or Professional Writing programs are encouraged to apply for this internship, gathering and sharing the impact stories of Bell. Opportunity requires sensitivity and empathy as you listen to and relay people’s life experiences, creating stories that resonate in the hearts and minds of readers. Five to 10 hours per week, working independently yet closely with Community Engagement team, with ability to travel to Bell sites within and outside of York. Awesome portfolio and experience building opportunity. Writing samples required.

Administrative Rock Star for the Community Engagement Team

If you know your way around a computer, don’t mind picking up the phone to make some calls, have great attention to detail, and enough self motivation to work independently on-site or off-site.

Your work will include data entry, some basic online research, and making direct calls to established Bell supporters to clarify information. Initial training will be held at our main Bell office in downtown York. Once you (and we) are comfortable, this is a job that can be done from home as your schedule allows. (Phone calls would be made from the Bell office.)

Anticipated weekly commitment of five to 10 hours.

Administrative Internship                                            

This is a hands-on opportunity for a highly organized individual to collect and compile information for both a print and digital directory of the residential properties of Bell Socialization Services.

The intern will work most closely with the Community Engagement office, as well as the mental health, intellectual disability, and shelter services teams.  Requirements include reliable transportation to travel to locations to be photographed, and access to a camera or phone with capacity to take high-resolution photographs.   Flexible schedule.

Open opportunity, available Summer 2023. Internship is unpaid but will provide successful intern with materials for portfolio as well as valuable real world experience in non-profit sector. A minimum of 8 hours per week and ability to travel to satellite locations within York County is expected.

Special Event Volunteers – Fall/Winter 2023         

The fifth annual Bell’s Big Bed Race event is scheduled for April 2024, and we need volunteers for all aspects to raise funds and awareness of  the agency and its mission.

Duties may include attending planning sessions, preparing materials, making phone calls, assisting with mailings, event set-up, the event itself,  and tear down.

Creativity, flexibility, and an ability to interact with community members, agency staff and service users in a pleasant and professional manner, and present a positive image of Bell.  Must be sensitive to challenges faced by individuals with mental, intellectual and/or economic disability.