Undergraduate Internships at MARI

MARI Undergraduate Internship Opportunities

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. Applications are generally due in late February each year, with start dates in either May or September. 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 are due Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 for May or September 2022 start dates. 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. 

Applications for the adult and child track positions should be sent to Valerie Teng at valteng@umich.edu. For the ASD track, the applications go to Olivia Vander Hyde at oliviav@umich.edu.

Next Steps
If you meet qualifications and could be a potential fit for the program, we will contact you to set up an interview. Interviews are typically held on one or two dates in March. 

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MARI Clinical Internship Details

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

UCCF Child Track

UCCF typically offers up to three child/family-focused volunteer internships.

  • Interns spend five hours per week in clinical education, including multidisciplinary seminars and case presentations with psychologists and social workers in training, and observing clinical care.
  • Interns spend an additional five hours per week performing clinically relevant administrative services to UCCF. These may include scoring measures for clinicians, making reminder phone calls, and processing release of information requests.
  • Interns MUST be available 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesdays for the duration of their internship.

Questions regarding the UCCF Child Track can be directed to Valerie Teng at valteng@umich.edu.

Psych Clinic Adult Track

The Psychological Clinic at MARI offers adult-focused internships for undergraduate students.

  • Interns spend five hours per week in clinical education, including seminars with multidisciplinary trainees and observing clinical work.
  • Interns spend an additional five hours per week on administrative services for the Psychological Clinic.
  • Interns MUST be available
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays and 12:30-3 p.m. Thursdays for the duration of their internship.

Questions about this position can be directed to Valerie Teng at valteng@umich.edu.

Autism (ASD) Track

UCCF also offers training for up to 10 volunteer for undergraduate interns 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 3-hour sessions of ABA each week (times are flexible).
  • Attend mandatory weekly supervision meetings
    10-11 a.m. Thursdays. 
  • Review 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. Applicants who can make a one-year commitment are preferred. Questions about this opportunity should be sent to Olivia Vander Hyde at oliviav@umich.edu

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.

Ready to Apply?

Deadline to apply for Spring/Fall 2022 internships is Friday, Feb. 25, 2022.

 Application requirements include:

  • CV/Resume
  • A cover letter detailing your relevant experiences and professional goals.
  • Names and contact information for 2 references. (We will only contact references of finalists for the positions.)

Note: Letters of recommendation are not required to apply. 

Child and Adult-track applications can be sent to Valerie Teng at valteng@umich.edu; ASD track applications can be sent to Olivia Vander Hyde at oliviav@umich.edu.

Interviews will be scheduled for one to two days in March.

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