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 Karishma Sheth at (301) 424-0656, x520 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in an internship opportunity, please click on the Internship Application link and submit a completed application to Karishma Sheth at email@example.com or via fax at (301) 738-1030. Please submit your resume with the application.
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 TogetherView program info
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 ServingTogetherProject.org; 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
Communications & Outreach Internship
MHA’s communications department is seeking a creative and organized undergraduate or graduate student to assist with social media, research, blogging and outreach. This position requires mostly telecommuting, with an on-site meeting once a week. 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:
- Social media
- News monitoring
- Research for communications projects
- Assist with guest blogger recruitment
- Pitch and write blog posts
- Assist at events as needed
- Assist in collecting stories and pictures for marketing materials
- Outreach for “My Mental Health Day” campaign
- Perform other tasks as needed
For this position please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Jasmine Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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:
- Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E)
- Identity, Inc.
- Teen and Young Adult Health Connection
- Linkages to Learning