The Mary A. Rackham Institute offers several undergraduate internship opportunities each academic year in child and family psychology, adult psychology, and autism spectrum disorder placements.
Students highly value MARI’s undergraduate internships. The experience and breadth of exposure to clinical care and clinic operations are rarely available in other settings.
The Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) offers several undergraduate internship opportunities for rising juniors and seniors at the University of Michigan each year. Interns are placed at the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) or the University Psychological Clinic (PC).
Internships can be completed for course credit or as unpaid volunteer opportunities. There are three clinical placements to choose from, with start dates in either May or September 2023. MARI strongly prefers applicants who can make a 12-month commitment to the internship.
Scroll down for more details about the undergraduate internship opportunities at MARI.
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How to Apply
Applications due: Monday, March 4, 2024
To apply, you need to submit:
- Resume or CV.
- Cover letter detailing your relevant experiences and professional goals.
- Names and contact information for two references. (We will only contact references of finalists for the positions.)
Note: Letters of recommendation are not required to apply.
- Send applications to Meaghan Fesler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you meet qualifications and could be a potential fit for the program, we will contact you to set up an interview.
COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirements
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This requirement includes trainees, fellows, interns, and volunteers at MARI.
MARI Clinical Internship Details
There are three clinical placements within the undergraduate internship program at MARI:
UCCF Child Track
UCCF offers child/family-focused clinical internships for UM undergrads.
- Interns spend five hours per week in clinical education, including attending multidisciplinary seminars and youth/family case presentations with psychologists and social workers in training and observing clinical care.
- Interns spend an additional five hours per week performing administrative services to UCCF. These may include providing childcare during parent in-person sessions with clinical staff, creating/updating resources for clients and/or staff, scoring measures for clinicians, and conducting clinically-related literature reviews.
- Interns should be available for weekly UCCF Team Meetings and case consultations for the duration of their internship (currently Wednesdays from 12:30-2pm), with optional attendance at clinical seminars on Thursdays from 12:00-1:30pm.
Questions regarding the UCCF Child and Family Track can be directed to Allison LaMonica at email@example.com.
Psych Clinic Adult Track
The Psych Clinic (PC) offers adult focused clinical internships for UM undergrads.
- Interns spend five hours per week in clinical education attending seminars with multidisciplinary trainees and adult case presentations and observing clinical work.
- Interns spend an additional five hours per week of administrative service to PC; these may include creating/updating resources for clients and/or staff, scoring measures for clinicians, and conducting clinically-related literature reviews.
- Interns should be available weekly for PC Team Meetings and case consultations (currently on Mondays from 11am-12:30pm), with optional attendance at clinical seminars on Thursdays from 12:00-1:30pm.
Questions regarding the Psych Clinic Adult Track can be directed to Allison LaMonica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Autism (ASD) Track
UCCF also offers training for undergraduates within our University of Michigan Autism Consultation and Treatment Service (UM-ACTS) program. Undergraduate interns work in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program for children with autism.
Student interns in the ASD Track are required to complete the following:
- Administer two separate, three-hour sessions of ABA each week (times are flexible)
- Attend weekly supervision meetings held from 10:00-11:00 am on Thursdays
- Complete brief readings to help promote their knowledge of autism and ABA
All clinical work is supervised by the Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) responsible for the cases.
Questions about the ASD track can be directed to Liza Hollenback at email@example.com
More About What to Expect and Who Should Apply
MARI’s undergraduate clinical interns have a strong track record of attaining competitive post-bachelor’s positions, as well as entry into the graduate programs of their choice. Graduates have gone on to NIH post-bachelor programs, MSW programs, and clinical psychology Ph.D. programs.
The Full Clinical Experience
Internship experiences are designed to provide students with exposure to the workings of a mental health training clinic. In addition to exposure to evidence-based clinical practice, that includes:
- Learning about the complexities of insurance
- Using and policies around electronic medical record systems
- Use of evidence-based clinical assessment measures
- Clinical writing
Supervision and Mentorship
Each undergraduate intern is assigned an administrative supervisor who assists them in acquiring the needed skills, supervises their work, and helps make the intern’s experience meaningful. Administrative tasks may include making reminder phone calls to clients, scheduling appointments, auditing case files, and scoring assessment measures, among other tasks.
Students meet biweekly with mentors to support their clinical education and to receive guidance in the graduate school application process.
Good to Know:
- Clinical education opportunities include attending seminars, case presentations, and observing clinical care (always with client permission).
- Students who receive course credit are expected to propose and complete a literature review and scholarly paper related to some aspect of their clinical undergraduate internship experience.