Each semester, OAR hosts interns from various universities in the Richmond area and beyond. Interns complete hours at our central office (post release) or in one of our local jail sites. For information on internships at OAR, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email please note the requirements of your internship for supervision and hours, as well as your schedule of availability and when you are hoping to complete your internship.
Nikki’s service site is Central Office.
My name is Nikki and I’m currently a senior in the Social Work BSW program at VCU. I’m a big fan of traveling and exploring new cities with friends when I have the opportunity. I also enjoy walking trails, spending time with my dog, cooking, and baking! Nikki has been interning at OAR since May 2018 and will stay with us until graduation in May 2019.
Hillary’s service sites are Central Office and Pamunkey Regional Jail
My name is Hillary; I grew up in Pennsylvania but I have called Richmond home for the past 7 years. I am currently pursing my Masters of Social Work at VCU, with clinical focus. One day, I hope to work with clients in a therapeutic setting. As I work with clients I want to help them achieve personal growth and recognize their self-worth.
The mission of OAR is apparent when speaking with clients and hearing about the accomplishments they have made in a short amount of time. I'm enjoying interacting and getting to know all the clients and staff at the OAR’s Central Office. I'm also working at Pamunkey Regional Jail one day a week. Working in a correctional facility will be a new experience, but something I am embracing. I'm looking forward to working with residents at PRJ, facilitating groups and preparing residents for returning into the community. As an intern I want to learn and grow both professionally and personally.
Katherine Gillies (Katie)
Katie’s service site is Henrico County Jail West.
My name is Katherine Gillies. I am a first year master’s student at VCU. I received my BSW from VCU in May of 2018. I am originally from Cherry Point, North Carolina but I was raised in NOVA. I have been in the Richmond area for the last five years. I live in Midlothian with my 14-year-old son and I am a full-time student.
I would eventually like to be a LCSW with a focus on substance use/addiction.I am active in the local recovery community in RVA.My placement at OAR has allowed me to work within HCJW to assist clients.This placement has added another facet of social work that I had not had the opportunity to experience before. I have already gained practice knowledge and skills in the short time I have been with OAR. I am looking forward to more learning opportunities and rich experiences over the coming year.
JaNihya’s service site is Central Office.
My name is JaNihya McCurdy and I'm from Spotsylvania Virginia, but currently living in Richmond attending VCU. I'm majoring in Social Work with a minor in Criminal Justice. My goal at the moment is to graduate in May and hopefully get into the police academy, I would love to try and make a difference on that end. I'm really glad I got placed at OAR working with clients to help them get reintegrated in society because it has shown me a different side of things, a new perspective on people. So far I really enjoy talking to the clients, getting to know them and honestly I'm just trying to be helpful and positive in any way that I can.
Jessica’s service site is Richmond City Justice Center.
My name is Jessica Mewborn and I am currently a student of Old Dominion University; studying Human Services and Counseling. I am from Northern, Virginia but have moved to Richmond and hope to stay in this beautiful city. One of my goals is to start a career in an organization like OAR of Richmond and advocate for people that need support.
Victoria’s service site is Central Office.
My name is Victoria. I was born in Norway, but grew up in North Chesterfield, just outside of Richmond City. I am currently enrolled full time at VCU in the Social Work program. I will have my BSW by May of 2019. My goal is to go into law, and potentially affect government policy. I love OAR because it is clear that everybody here has a heart full of love, an open mind, and a genuine desire to serve those who come to them. I have never been happier in a work setting, and look forward to all of your smiling faces.