Clinical Services

& Research Interns

As an African-American woman who was born and raised and continues to live in the city of Milwaukee, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for and dedication to my community. This desire to serve my community led me back to school to earn a Master of Science in Counseling degree from Mount Mary University which ultimately led to a career in school counseling, a career I continue to love. My experience as a school counselor has taught me that there is a need for healing that stretches far beyond what I am able to accomplish in my current field. That discovery led me back to school at Mount Mary where I am currently working toward the completion of a Post-Master’s Certificate in Clinical Mental Health. I am absolutely thrilled to have an opportunity to complete an internship at an organization that is so closely aligned with my own beliefs, practices, and interests and I am eager to learn more about how I can contribute to the healing of the communities that we serve.

Counseling Intern

Megan Williams

I am a daughter/friend/cat-mom/student/worker that identifies as a White Jewish queer woman. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I currently am a Graduate Student at Mount Mary University and work at Rogers Behavioral Hospital as a Residential Care Specialist. I come to HIR with an open mind and fierce willingness to learn. I have always wanted to help people and am so appreciative of the opportunity to support others at HIR. I believe in community and in the idea that being connected to each other helps us heal. 

I love cooking, painting, hiking, and hanging out with my friends. I love being creative with drawing/painting/coloring, feeding my devotion to mindful work and non-work. Although it is difficult to stay in the present moment, I think that being mindful is incredibly beneficial for balance and self-creation. I am excited to be a part of the HIR community of healers and am honored to be able to contribute.

Counseling Intern

Odessa Peters

Public Health &

Social Service Interns

Posoh! I am a graduate student at UW Milwaukee and a member of the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin. Currently I am working towards my degree in Social Work. I have started my internship with HIR Wellness because of my passion toward working with Native American communities, which I hope to continue to do once I complete my MSW. In the past I have worked with a variety of different tribes and age groups, including being a culture camp counselor with the Potawatomi tribe and an Indian Child Welfare social worker with the Menominee tribe. With my past experiences working with people I have learned how important the relationship is between connection and healing. I am thrilled to start my journey with HIR Wellness and being a part of this team! 

Social Work Intern

Shania O'Kimosh

Shekoli Swakweku Watkwanuhwelatu Yelihwanolu niyukyats
Ukwehuweneha Wakesklewake niwakitalot^ On^yoteaka niwakuhutsyot^.

Hello, I want to greet and give thanks to you all. She has precious ways/matters is my Oneida
name. I am Bear Clan and People of the Standing Stone is the land on earth that I come

I am a first-year graduate student at the Washington University in St. Louis. Pursuing my
MSW with a concentration in American Indian/Alaska Natives has expanded my
knowledge of tribal nation history and more of an understanding of the contemporary
issues of Native communities. American Indians and Alaska Natives, have been
historically oppressed, marginalized and underrepresented across the board in all categories
of social issues. I am dedicated and determined to become an advocate for all Tribal
Nations. My experience at HIR Wellness Center is part of my journey that will prepare
me to make the most of my Social Work career so that I can enhance change for AI/AN
communities, the heart of who I am and where I come from.

I am a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and reside on our reservation. I come
from a blended family and the second eldest of nine combined siblings between my mom
and dad. Throughout my life I have been exposed to our traditional teachings and
continuously learning about my heritage. The knowledge and understanding I have of
being Haudenosaunee have created a strong connection with my Ukwehuweneha identity.
As I have learned in human behavior and social environment, identity is an essential
element of my own resilience as well as for those families that I will be serving.

Social Work Intern

Yelih Lee

Non-Profit Management

& Administrative Interns

Accepting applications! 
Please contact us to learn more about Non-profit management and administrative internship opportunities. 
Support Services Director
Deanna Schwenner, MPA 

"Illness becomes wellness when I becomes We"
Healing Intergenerational Roots for All Nations-One Tribe 

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