Undergraduate Internships at MARI

The Mary A. Rackham Institute offers several undergraduate internship opportunities each academic year. 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.

Ideal applicants are advanced students with interests in psychology, medicine, education, or social work who are able to make at least a two-semester commitment of 10 hours per week.

Interns will be placed either 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 an unpaid volunteer opportunity. Both clinics provide a range of evidence-based mental health services including individual, group, and family psychotherapy and psycho-educational and diagnostic assessment.

Read on for more details about the undergraduate internships at MARI. 

How to Apply

Applications are accepted once per year with start dates in either May or September.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, applications are due on Monday February 18, 2019. Please include a CV/Resume, a cover letter detailing your relevant experiences and professional goals, and at least two references.

All applications should be sent to Shannon Shaughnessy at shshaugh@umich.edu.

For the 2019-2020 Academic year, questions regarding the UCCF Child Track can be directed to Shannon Shaughnessy (shshaugh@umich.edu); questions about the adult track can be directed to Cate Goldman (goldmanc@umich.edu); and questions about the Autism Track can be directed to Riley Brantley (rilbrant@umich.edu).

Interviews for all positions will be held in mid-March 2019.


Clinical Undergraduate Internship Details

There are three clinical placements within the undergraduate internship program at MARI:

UCCF Child Track – UCCF offers child/family-focused volunteer internships for 3-5 students per year. Interns spend 5 hours per week in clinical education, which includes attending multidisciplinary seminars and case presentations with psychologists and social workers in training, partnering with clinicians to provide childcare during clinical appointments, and observing clinical work. Interns spend an additional 5 hours per week performing clinically relevant administrative services to UCCF. Interns will benefit from being available on Thursdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., as a majority of seminars occur during this time.

Psych Clinic Adult Track – Psych Clinic offers adult-focused internships for 2-5 students per year. Undergraduate Interns spend 5 hours per week in clinical education, which includes attending seminars with multidisciplinary trainees and observing clinical work as well as 5 hours per week of administrative service to the Psych Clinic. Interns will benefit from being available on Monday mornings and Thursdays 1-3 p.m. for seminars.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Track – UCCF also offers training for undergraduate interns within our UM-ACTS program (University of Michigan Autism Consultation and Treatment Service). Undergraduate interns work in our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program for children with Autism. Students are required to administer two separate 3-hour sessions of ABA each week (times are flexible), attend weekly supervision meetings, and 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. We strongly prefer applicants who can make a one-year commitment to the internship. 

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-bac programs, MSW programs, and clinical psychology Ph.D. programs.

Internship experiences are designed to provide students with exposure to the workings of a mental health training clinic (complexities of insurance, electronic medical record systems, use of evidence-based clinical assessment measures, clinical writing, as well as exposure to evidence-based clinical practice)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.

Clinical education opportunities include attending seminars, case presentations, and observing clinical care (always with client permission).

Mentors meet with students on a biweekly basis to support their clinical education and provide guidance in the graduate school application process. 

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.