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.

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 2020. MARI strongly prefers applicants that can make a twelve-month commitment.

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

How to Apply

Applications for all undergraduate internships are due Friday, February 21. Please include:

  • CV/Resume
  • A 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. 

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

Next Steps

If you are extended an invitation to interview, it will be held on Thursday, March 19 between 12:30-3:30pm at the Mary A. Rackham Institute. Alternate interview dates will be provided only for extenuating circumstances.


Clinical Undergraduate Internship Details

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

UCCF Child Track – UCCF is offering child/family-focused volunteer internships for three students this 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 and observing clinical care. 

Interns spend an additional 5 hours per week performing clinically relevant administrative services. This may include scoring measures for clinicians, making reminder phone calls, and processing release of information requests. Interns MUST be available Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the duration of the internship.

Questions regarding the UCCF Child Track can be directed to Shannon Shaughnessy at shshaugh@umich.edu.

Psych Clinic Adult Track – Psych Clinic offers adult-focused internships for two 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 MUST be available Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursdays 12:30 to 3 p.m. for the duration of the internship.

Questions regarding the PC Adult Track can be directed to Shannon Shaughnessy  at shshaugh@umich.edu.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Track – UCCF also offers training for undergraduate interns within our University of Michigan Autism Consultation and Treatment Service (UM-ACTS) program. 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 held on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m., 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. Applicants who can make a one-year commitment are preferred.

Questions about the Autism Track can be directed to Emily Furtado at efurtado@umich.edu.


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.