2018 Clinical Summer Internship Program

Organizational Summary

The Child Mind Institute is an independent nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and provide empowering resources for parents, professionals and policymakers. Together with our supporters, we help kids reach their full potential in school and in life. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

Internship Description

Child Mind Institute is pleased to offer an 11-week, clinically-oriented summer internship for six accomplished undergraduate students who will be entering their senior year or have just completed their college degree by the fall of 2018. The internship is designed for students interested in careers in child mental health, medicine, education and special education, public health, neuroscience, and other related areas. The internship provides a comprehensive experience in a thriving, innovative, and dynamic outpatient clinical practice.

Intern responsibilities and experiences are rooted in diverse supervised clinical therapeutic experiences with children and adolescents. In particular, interns are exposed to a variety of psychiatric disorders and empirically-supported treatments for these disorders through each of our four clinical centers—ADHD and Behavior DisordersAnxiety DisordersMood Disorders, and Learning and Development (i.e., Neuropsychology)—as well as through interactions with our board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists. Interns participate in direct clinical activity by shadowing clinicians during treatment sessions and as therapeutic counselors in our summer intensive program, Brave Buddies, which provides innovative intensive treatment for children with Selective Mutism. Interns will also be involved in direct clinical activity through the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center’s Summer Program.

In addition to these diverse clinical experiences, interns assist clinical faculty in ongoing clinical and research projects and in organizing innovative public education programs provided onsite and in the community. Interns complete a research project under the mentorship of a faculty clinician, and prepare a presentation for the Child Mind Institute community at large at the end of the internship. Interns also participate in weekly didactics provided by clinical faculty, which span a variety of topics and include mentorship in preparing for graduate or medical school, as well as a career in the mental health field. The weekly didactics will also include review of assigned seminal readings in the field. Finally, interns assist in completing special projects assigned by faculty clinicians, and by providing general office support.

Program Dates and Information

The 2018 Clinical Summer Internship at Child Mind Institute begins on Monday, June 4, 2018 and ends on Friday, August 17, 2018. This internship experience is a full-time, 40-hour per week experience, and selected interns are expected to be available for the duration of the internship.

Interns work full-time at the Child Mind Institute in midtown Manhattan, easily accessible by public transportation. Financial support for public transportation may be available.

This is a highly competitive unpaid internship. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to investigate stipend programs through their college placement offices and to pursue independent college study credits for this experience. We can provide any requested documentation to assist students in getting stipends and college credit.

Application Process and Qualifications

Submit the following information as one document. Applications will not be reviewed unless they are submitted as one document.

  • Cover letter indicating interest and availability for the full duration of the internship addressed to Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training;
  • Resume;
  • Copy of your most recent college transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient);

Additionally, please provide two letters of recommendation, with at least one focusing on your academic scholarship and written by a college or university instructor.  Letters of recommendation do not need to be included online. These can be emailed or sent by hard copy by the endorser, directly to: training@childmind.org or:

Attention: Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training
Child Mind Institute
445 Park Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022

Application Deadline 

The submission deadline is January 31, 2018 at 5 pm EST. All materials must be received by that date. Interviews for select candidates will be conducted in late February and early March, either in person or via Skype. It is anticipated that notification of decisions will be made by March 30, 2018.

For Further Information

The clinical summer internship is directed by Kenneth Schuster, PsyD, Director of Clinical Training at the Child Mind Institute. Questions regarding the clinical internship or the application can be sent to training@childmind.org.

Child Mind Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Child Mind Institute is committed to recruiting and maintaining a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment at Will Relationship: This position description does not constitute a guarantee that employment will continue for any specified period of time. Rather, employment is at the mutual consent of the employee and Child Mind Institute, and can be terminated at will by the employee or by Child Mind Institute.

Child Mind Institute reserves the right to modify the job description and/or reporting relationship at any time.

To learn more about the Child Mind Institute, please visit http://childmind.org.

No phone calls or recruiters, please. These positions will remain open until filled.