The Oasis Recovery Center of Western PA

"Although I did expect to see more people in recovery while I was there, I still feel that my efforts really did contribute to the organization, even if it was primarily “behind the scenes” work. I was able to learn a lot about the recovery process and rehabilitation center business."

The Oasis Revocery Center
960 Penn Avenue, Suite 105
Pittsburgh, PA  15222

Contact Person:  Karen Plavan, PhD,

Areas of Interest:  Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work with Addicted Population

Who we are: The Oasis Recovery Center is a non-profit organization designed to help individuals and families recover from all addictions.  In addition to the work of The Oasis, we now oversee the administration for CLEAR - The Coalition for Leadership, Education & Advocacy for Recovery.  The coalition brings together individuals and organizations to combat addiction.  Students can also benefit by attending CLEAR meetings and events.

Description: The Oasis Recovery Center offers services for individuals and families in the pre and post treatment phases of recovery from all addictions at the downtown location.  Services include 24 hour helpline, interventions, treatment assessment assistance, insurance analysis and referrals for treatment, and post-rehabilitation  services.

Duties of Intern: Duties include working with the staff and volunteers answering the addictions helpline, providing supportive services, assisting with administrative/clerical tasks and research.  Please note: Given the nature of addiction, client contact fluctuates and is unpredictable. In order to observe interventions, etc. interns will need to be able to adapt their schedules in order to be available when client opportunities arise. If you will have very little flexibility in your schedule, your experience as an intern may end up as primarily consisting of inter-office tasks and project work.


  • Send an email letter of interest (stating that you are a Psychology major at the University of Pittsburgh interested in the internship) and resume to The Oasis contact person listed above.
  • Junior or Senior Psychology Major
  • Overall GPA of 2.75 or higher          
  • Act 33 Clearance:  PA Child Abuse Form
  • Act 34 Clearance: PA Criminal Record Check
  • Act 73 Clearance: FBI Background Clearance

General Information: Location in Downtown Pittsburgh on PAT bus route

Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Number of Students: Two Students per Term