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Internship Opportunities

Below is a listing of the internship opportunities available at the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County.  Internships at MHA can be for the summer, fall or spring semester or the entire school year.  All internships are unpaid but can be applied towards school credit.  Weekly supervision will be provided to each intern.  If you have any questions please call Emily Kamin at (301) 424-0656, x541 or email If you are interested in an internship opportunity, please click on the Internship Application link and submit a completed application to Emily Kamin at or via fax at (301) 738-1030. Please submit your resume and personal statement (indicating which program you are interested in) with the application.

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Current Internship Opportunities

Human Resources Internship for fall 2015:

Undergraduate or graduate level students can gain hands-on experience dealing with the day to day operations in the HR department. Students can gain experience in recruiting, benefits, employee relations, training, as well as working with special projects (such as salary surveys, job descriptions, designing policies and training). This is a great learning experience for students who are eager to learn and are interested in working in a nonprofit setting. Applicants should be currently enrolled in an HR-related program with some general HR knowledge.

HOPES Internship for winter 2015

HOPES (Hotline, Outreach & Programming for Emotional Support) offers crisis intervention and supportive listening for people experiencing mental health challenges through MHA’s free, confidential, 24-hour hotline (301-738-CALL). Hotline Counselors provide supportive and confidential listening; crisis prevention and intervention; and give information, referrals and resources. All interested volunteers must complete the hotline’s 52-hour prep course, starting on January 9th.

Great experience for students interested in graduate school or who are entering careers in counseling, therapy or the nonprofit field. Also an opportunity for anyone looking for a meaningful experience and a way to give back to the community. Must have a high school diploma and be at least 18 years of age.

All interested applicants should contact Emily Kamin at 301-424-0656, ext. 541 or

Undergraduate Students Only

Kensington Wheaton Youth Services (KWYS)View program info

Undergraduate level internships for students who are energetic and committed individuals to serve as interns for our school-based Linkages to Learning programs.  Intern will work closely with the staff on a variety of tasks, including program coordination and assistance, outreach, event planning, donor and volunteer management, and administrative duties.  Work schedule is flexible and is decided on a site level; however, the candidate must be able to commit to between 10-15 hours per week.  The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Experience in providing programming to elementary and middle school children
  • Experience working with a diverse, multi-cultural population
  • Experience working with immigrant and/or lower-income families
  • Experience in case management and social service delivery
  • Experience in program development and promotion
  • Experience in data collection and needs assessments
  • Experience in budget management
  • Experience in working with a school-based collaboration model

In addition, the internship is a wonderful opportunity for students to increase their fluency in Spanish, Amharic and French languages.

N*COMMONView program info

N*COMMON program provides mental health counseling to recent immigrants, both Spanish and French-speaking.  It is a program that provides clinical services to individuals and families who are often underserved: those who are newly arrived to the United States and are without insurance.  The program also conducts groups in local schools on family separation and reunification.  Undergraduate interns studying social work, counseling or related fields are the best fit.  Interns gain experience working with families, individuals and groups of all ages, with a variety of therapeutic needs.  Work can include providing case management, conducting assessments, assisting with groups, maintaining contact with clients, and assisting with materials, research, and outreach.  There is also room to accommodate individuals’ interests.  Interns interested in direct practice/clinical work are the best fit.  Bilingual in Spanish or French is a MUST. 

Serving Together
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Serving Together is looking for undergraduate-level student interns who are interested in being a part of a growing and developing project at Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. Interns with Serving Together will help with marketing and communication efforts; increased development and content management for; planning and implementation of community-provider briefings and forums to build community awareness of the project; and assistance with the project’s annual continuing education event for mental health professionals in Montgomery County. Interns work closely with Serving Together staff members and are a very important part of the work we are able to do for military, veterans and their families in Montgomery County. Serving Together encourages service members, veterans or family members to apply for internships!

Undergraduate or Graduate Students

Human Resources

Undergraduate or graduate level students can gain hands on experience dealing with the day to day operations in the HR department. Students can gain experience in recruiting, benefits, employee relations, training, as well as working with special projects (such as salary surveys, job descriptions, designing policies and training). This is a great learning experience for students who are eager to learn and are interested in working in a nonprofit setting. Applicants should be currently enrolled in an HR-related program with some general HR knowledge.

Voices vs. Violence (VVV)View program info

Voices VS Violence Program, a violence prevention and intervention program serving youth and families throughout Montgomery County, is looking for energetic interns who can work a flexible schedule (approximately 10-15 hours a week), who enjoy working in an office or with youth and who are able to work at least a semester's length of time. The internship may be extended.
Either undergraduate or graduate students in counseling, psychology, social work, criminal justice and sociology are the best fit.  Bilingual (Spanish/English) applicants encouraged, but not required. 

Depending on one’s interest and abilities, duties may include:

  • Provide presentations to youth and/or parents on violence prevention topics
  • Design and implement group activities for elementary school aged youth
  • Co-facilitate psycho educational group for at-risk youth ages 12-18
  • Provide case management services for youth involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Assist with research and data collection and analysis
  • Develop service learning curriculum to be implemented with youth ages 12-18

Hotline Outreach & Programming for Emotional Support (HOPES)View program info

The Montgomery County Hotline is looking for dedicated interns to work as hotline counselors. The hotline is a 24-hour 7 days a week confidential service that provides supportive listening, crisis intervention and suicide prevention, and information and referrals to the community. All interns are required to attend a 36-hour training class, in addition to three sessions of on-the-phone training. The hotline is a great place for college students in the fields of psychology, counseling or social work to gain experience for graduate school and to develop skills to work in the field of mental health.

Representative Payee

Representative Payee is a financial services program which helps low income older persons or people with disabilities who have problems with managing their government benefit funds. Trained volunteers are matched with clients and appointed by the Social Security Administration to handle clients’ financial matters. The program is looking for a student intern to work 15 hours a week as a case manager assisting clients with identifying and applying for resources and being a liaison between the client, the program office and the volunteer; and also helping with the annual program evaluation. A student pursuing a degree in social work, counseling or related field would be the best fit. The intern will emerge from his/her year with a broad grounding in working with a wide variety of situations.

Communications & Development

MHA’s development and communications department is seeking a creative and well-organized undergraduate or graduate student to assist with social media, research, blogging and outreach. This position is unpaid, and school credit can be provided. This position requires mostly telecommuting, with a biweekly on-site meeting. Schedule will be flexible and based on the student’s class load. Students pursuing a degree in communications, public relations, journalism or marketing preferred. An interest in mental health is helpful.

Essential duties and responsibilities include helping to manage social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Tumblr), news monitoring, research, assisting with guest blogger recruitment, writing blog posts and assisting in collecting stories and pictures for marketing materials.

Graduate Students Only

Kensington Wheaton Youth Services View program info

Graduate level clinical internships for social work, marriage and family therapy and counseling psychology programs.  Interns will be given the opportunity to provide individual counseling to children and adolescents as well as family counseling. Interns may also facilitate groups in school based settings.  Weekly clinical supervision is provided in addition to bi-monthly group consultation.  Bilingual Spanish is a plus.

High School Wellness Center

Graduate students in schools of social work or counseling will have the opportunity to work with an advanced licensed mental health professional to provide individual, family and group therapy within a High School Wellness Center. The Center is being run by MHA’s partner nonprofit – Identity, Inc. – in partnership with MCPS and the DHHS and will have both behavioral and somatic health care services available to the families that have youth at the High School. In addition, positive youth programming and bullying prevention services will be offered at the Center. Interns will be supervised by MHA’s Therapist at the Center and work cooperatively to provide mental health related services to youth and families referred to the Center by the High School Counselor.  Students bilingual in Spanish are preferred, but not a requirement.  The Wellness Centers are located in Gaithersburg High School and Watkins Mill High School.


In addition to these opportunities, MHA also partners with other nonprofits in the County for additional internship placement sites.  Partners include: