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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Internship Program - Paid, Full-Time, Federal Agency

Spring 2022 Program Dates: January 24, 2022 - May 6, 2022

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. If you have an interest in the fields of public health and behavioral health, the SAMHSA Internship Program could be a great fit for you.

This paid internship program gives you meaningful work experience and a unique opportunity to chart your career path. SAMHSA headquarters is located in Rockville, MD and employs a wide array of public health, behavioral and social science professionals. 

Application Priority Consideration Deadline for Spring 2022 : October 20, 2021
Final Deadline: October 27, 2021

The SAMHSA Internship Program (SIP) introduces students to the important role SAMHSA plays in ensuring a productive life in the community for everyone. Interns gain practical experience through projects, special assignments, or research that supports federal, state, and community-based programs, policies, and best practices in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental illness.

Students selected as SAMHSA interns will use their specific skills and knowledge while experiencing the value of their education. For fifteen weeks (40 hours per week), at the SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, each intern will be able to work under the guidance of a SAMHSA manager in a SAMHSA department whose function closely matches their course of study and field of interest.

The SAMHSA Internship Program is specifically designed to equip college students from populations typically underrepresented in the public health field. Students from these groups are encouraged to apply:
• Women
• Veterans
• Persons with disabilities
• Asian and Pacific Islanders
• Students of Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

TWC is accepting applications from current graduate and undergraduate students, and recent graduates (within 12 months of graduation). Preferred majors (current master’s degree students or recent graduates of master’s programs preferred) include:
  • Public health (MPH)
  • Public administration (MPA)
  • Behavioral and social sciences
  • Public policy
  • Business communications
  • Business administration
  • Information technology

To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident (I-151 or I-551). Individuals on temporary visas are not eligible. Additionally, individuals must be authorized or eligible to work in the United States by law.
  • Be enrolled in a degree-seeking program (BA/BS, Masters, JD, MD, or Ph.D.) at an accredited higher education institution. Students pursuing only a credential or certificate program will be considered ineligible.
  • Have completed their freshman year of college before the internship begins
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Recent graduates may apply if they participate within 12 months of their graduation.
  • Be able to work full-time (40 hours per week) for the duration of the internship.
  • Have a confirmed interest in working with SAMHSA.

Due to COVID-19 considerations, the 2022 iteration of the program may be virtual. Interns will engage in work as directed by mentors and program guidelines.

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