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Internship Opportunities

Below is a listing of the internship opportunities available at the Mental Health Association. 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. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend a number of MHA educational seminars, trainings, and professional development staff meetings held during the term of their internship. If you have any questions please call Pamela Lee at (301) 424-0656, x541 or email intern@mhamc.org. If you are interested in an internship opportunity, please click on the Internship Application link and submit a completed application to Pamela Lee at intern@mhamc.org 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


Undergraduate Students Only

Linkages to Learning

*2-4 openings for Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Linkages to Learning is seeking undergraduate-level student interns who are energetic and committed individuals. Interns 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:

  • Developing, promoting, and implementing programs for elementary and middle school aged children
  • Working with a diverse, multi-cultural population
  • Working with immigrant and/or lower-income families
  • Case management and social service delivery
  • Data collection and needs assessments
  • Budget management
  • 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. Undergraduate interns typically support the Linkages Community School Coordinator (CSC) who assesses the needs of the school and the surrounding community to identify activities and events that will meet those needs. The CSC develops programs such as ESOL classes, summer camps, parent coffees and parent leadership opportunities. They oversee various initiatives to provide school supplies, Thanksgiving dinners and holiday gifts to families in needs, as well as year round food and clothing drives.

Adult Homeless Mental Health Services

*1 opening for Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017

Adult Homeless Mental Health Services (AHMHS) is seeking an undergraduate-level student intern with a Case Management team for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters. AHMHS offers case management and ongoing assistance to formerly homeless, adults with mental illness who are living independently in supportive housing. Applicants must be able to commit to 2+ days per week (at least 5-6 hours each day). Hours of availability would need to be between 9:00am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Interns must also have a personal vehicle and ability to drive around the county; reimbursement for tracked mileage will be provided on a monthly basis. Transporting of clients is not permitted.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Working directly with case managers and clients to ensure program participants are connected to the resources they need to help them achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Assisting clients with food supports
  • Connecting clients with community resources
  • Supporting clients with annual recertification associated with maintaining housing

Serving Together

*1 opening for Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017

Serving Together is looking for an undergraduate-level student intern who is interested in being a part of a growing and developing project at Mental Health Association. Serving Together connects active military, veterans and their families in Montgomery County and Northern Virginia to needed community resources such as education, economic, housing and mental health through individualized assistance from a fellow veteran and a comprehensive online community, ServingTogetherProject.org. Serving Together also educates mental health professionals, nonprofits and the local community at large on the unique needs of the area’s military and veterans and how to help them most effectively.

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.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Marketing and communication efforts
  • Increased development and content management for ServingTogetherProject.org
  • Planning and implementation of community-provider briefings and forums to build community awareness of the project;
  • Assistance with the project’s annual continuing education event for mental health professionals in Montgomery County.

Serving Together encourages service members, veterans or family members to apply for internships!


Undergraduate or Graduate Students

Human Resources

*Currently no openings

The Human Resources Department is seeking an undergraduate or graduate level students to gain hands on experience dealing with the day to day operations in the HR department.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Steps in the recruiting and hiring process, including: posting job openings, reviewing resumes, conducting telephone and in-person interviews, making job offers and negotiating starting salaries.
  • Employee benefits management issues related to plan renewal and open enrollment, benefits enrollment and termination, troubleshooting employee benefits issues, and the customer
  • The importance of employment law and compliance, especially regarding employment eligibility, confidentiality, proper maintenance of employee files, and forms management.
  • 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.

Hotline Outreach & Programming for Emotional Support (HOPES)

*Applicants accepted on a rolling basis

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 39-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.

Communications & Development

*1 opening for Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017

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.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Managing social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Tumblr)
  • News monitoring
  • Research
  • Assisting with guest blogger recruitment
  • Writing blog posts
  • Assisting in collecting stories and pictures for marketing materials

Voices vs. Violence (VVV)

*Currently no openings

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.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Providing presentations to youth and/or parents on violence prevention topics
  • Designing and implementing group activities for elementary school aged youth
  • Co-facilitating psycho educational group for at-risk youth ages 12-18
  • Providing case management services for youth involved with the juvenile justice system
  • Assisting with research and data collection and analysis
  • Developing service learning curriculums to be implemented with youth ages 12-18

Graduate Students Only

N*COMMON

*Currently no openings

N*COMMON is seeking an advanced Social Work, or Counseling graduate-level Spanish speaking intern. N*COMMON provides clinical mental health services to Spanish and French-speaking immigrants who are low-income, uninsured, and newly-arrived to the United States. Many clients have experienced severe trauma, as well as issues around family separation and reunification, grief, and loss. N*COMMON’s services are provided at MHA’s Twinbrook Parkway location during standard business hours.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Opportunity to work with licensed mental health professionals
  • Conducting assessments
  • Maintaining contact with clients
  • Providing individual or family therapy
  • Providing case management
  • Assisting with materials, research, and outreach

Linkages to Learning

*Currently no openings

Linkages to Learning is seeking graduate-level clinical interns for social work, marriage and family therapy and counseling psychology programs. Linkages to Learning is a community school partnership with an integrated focus on health, social services, community development and engagement to support student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Bilingual Spanish is a plus.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Opportunity to provide individual counseling to children and adolescents as well as family counseling
  • Opportunity to facilitate groups in school based settings
  • Weekly clinical supervision and bi-monthly group consultation
  • Working with a diverse, multi-cultural population
  • Working with immigrant and/or lower-income families

Regional Youth Services

*Currently no openings

Regional Youth Services (RYS) is seeking graduate-level student interns in schools of social work or counseling. RYS provides early intervention and prevention mental health services to low-income youth and families and group therapy in area schools. Interns will have the opportunity to work with youth ages 5-18 and their families in an office-based setting.

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:

  • Opportunity to work with a licensed mental health professional to provide case management
  • Maintaining contact with clients
  • Providing individual or family therapy
  • Facilitating school-based groups for local elementary, middle, and high schools
  • Assisting with materials, research, and outreach
  • Receiving clinical supervision

High School Wellness Center

*Currently no openings

High School Wellness Centers are seeking graduate-level students in schools of social work or counseling for an opportunity to work with an advanced licensed mental health professional to provide individual, family and group therapy. 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: