Undergraduate Internships at MARI


The Mary A. Rackham Institute offers several clinical undergraduate internship opportunities each academic year. Students highly value MARI’s undergraduate internships. The experience and breadth of exposure to 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 applying, placements and commitments for the clinical undergraduate internships at MARI. 

How to Apply

Contact Cindy Ewell Foster at CJFoster@umich.edu for details.

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Clinical Undergraduate Internships 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.

ASD 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 prefer applicants who can make a one-year commitment to the internship. 

Educational Benefits and Clinical Internship Value

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.

Interns are matched with an administrative supervisor, a mentor in their area of study, and meet with the director of the undergraduate internship on a regular basis.

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 psychometric measures, clinical writing, details of managing an accredited training/clinical program), as well as exposure to evidence-based clinical practice.

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

Mentors assist students in making decisions about their career paths and provide support and guidance in the application process. The Internship director and mentors meet with students to provide an opportunity to process what they are learning and to recommend additional reading and learning materials.  

Students who receive course credit are expected to propose and complete a literature review and paper related to some aspect of their clinical undergraduate internship experience. Students with aspirations in the mental health field value the opportunity to develop relationships and see first hand the life of practicing psychologists, social workers, and a psychiatrist.  

Administrative Aspects

Each clinical 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 and related educational benefits may include:

Duty

Educational Benefit

Process release of information requests

Students learn about Electronic Medical Records (EMR), clinical writing, ethical/legal issues.  

Case record audits/terminations

Students learn about EMR, clinical writing, and see a course of treatment beginning to end.  

Training program/on-boarding support

Students learn about the management of an accredited training/clinical program and the skills/experiences that make one competitive at the graduate level. Students are exposed to program evaluation.

Testing scheduling and inventory

Students are trained in clinical skills (empathic listening, brief clinical interviews/screening, use of EMR, and the role of psycho-educational and diagnostic assessment). Students are exposed to evidence-based assessment instruments.

Filing/Scanning/Scoring

Students are exposed to clinical materials such as school IEPs, family information forms, are taught to score evidence-based instruments.  Students are able to review and discuss with administrative supervisors and mentors.