Child & Adolescent Mental Health Summer Internships for Undergraduates
Summer internships are available for undergraduates from any NYU school or college in NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as part of a minor in child and adolescent mental health studies.
In order to participate in a CAMS summer internship, you must be enrolled at NYU as a matriculated or visiting student, and you must register for CAMS-UA 300 Internship I (2 credits) during the first 6-week summer session and CAMS-UA 301 Internship II (2 credits) during the second summer session.
Summer internships meet on Mondays from 12:00PM to 3:00PM at 1 Park Avenue, on the seventh floor.
- Child Welfare Practice Innovation Internship
- Child Maltreatment, the Child Welfare System, and Family Mental Health Internship
- Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Group Internship
- Sleep, Digital Media, and Mental Health Curriculum Internship
- Social Cognitive Affective Neurodevelopmental (SCAN) Imaging Lab Internship
- Sullivan Lab Internship
- Transgender Youth Health Program/Gender and Sexuality Service Internship
*Additional internship opportunities may become available throughout the spring.
If you are interested in participating in any of our internship opportunities, contact the project supervisor listed. Please send your current resume and a cover letter stating why you are interested in participating in that particular project.
Child Welfare Practice Innovation Internship
The NYU Center for Child Welfare Practice Innovation is a federally funded program focused on introducing trauma-informed concepts and tools into child welfare practice.
The intern assists the Child Welfare Practice Innovation grant team on several projects:
- developing an animated training program for child welfare professionals
- creating a screening and assessment platform for use in child welfare settings
- designing the Child Welfare Trauma-meter to help agencies determine the level at which their services are trauma-informed
The intern is expected to attend weekly grant team meetings on Wednesdays from 9:30AM to 11:00AM.
Interns attend weekly grant team meetings on Wednesdays from 9:30AM to 11:00AM. At the end of the 12-week program, interns complete at least one of the team projects and gain the following skills:
- knowledge of trauma-informed concepts
- improved understanding of the child welfare system
- interpersonal skills through team-oriented work experiences
Preferred candidates have a passion or interest in child welfare and trauma-informed care, and are eager, cooperative, and organized.
Child Maltreatment, the Child Welfare System, and Family Mental Health Internship
The CAMS minor aims to heighten student awareness of childhood mental health issues and their sustained impact on adolescents and adults. We are working to develop a new course focused on the impact of child maltreatment and child welfare system involvement on child and family mental health. We are seeking an intern to assist in curriculum development.
Intern responsibilities include developing a class reading list and identifying media on topics including poverty and child maltreatment; the effects of maltreatment and family separation on children; and parental trauma, depression, and domestic violence. The intern may also help develop instructional materials including slide decks, writing assignments, and quizzes.
The internship is located at 1 Park Avenue, Tuesday through Thursday. Specific internship hours are flexible. Interns are required to attend a weekly staff meeting with the team from NYU Langone’s Center for Child Welfare Practice Innovation on Wednesdays from 9:30AM to 11:00AM.
Our team is focused on implementing trauma-informed practices in child welfare settings. Inters gain experience with a broad array of trauma-related work, most of which is happening in child welfare settings.
By the end of the program, interns complete the following:
- compile a bibliography covering 12 identified topics related to the impact of child maltreatment and child welfare system involvement on children’s mental health
- identify videos and other media to supplement class reading materials
- assist with the development of instructional materials and class quizzes based on assigned reading materials
Preferred candidates are interested in understanding the impact of child maltreatment and child welfare system involvement on mental health. Proficiency in PowerPoint is helpful.
Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Group Internship
The Autism Spectrum Disorder Service is seeking a bright, motivated summer intern with an interest in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and developmental disabilities to join a team that is developing a support group for siblings of children with ASD.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the prevalence of ASD is approximately 1 in 59 children (Baio et al., 2018). Having a child with ASD can present unique challenges for family members. Research on parents of children with ASDs has found increased risk of negative outcomes, including parental stress (e.g., Dabrowska & Pisula, 2010) and depression and anxiety (e.g., Sharpley et al, 1997).
Results on outcomes for typically developing siblings of children with ASD are mixed with researchers reporting negative, neutral, and also positive outcomes for some (e.g., Green, 2013; Meadan et al., 2010). Given these mixed outcomes, social support has been examined as an important protective factor for typically developing siblings of children with ASD (e.g., Kaminsky & Dewey, 2002).
At NYU Langone’s Child Study Center, we offer individual and group therapy services to individuals with ASD and their parents, but we do not yet offer any supportive services for siblings. Our objective is to develop the curriculum for a support group for siblings of children with ASD. Our aim is to provide a space where siblings of children with ASD can interact with peers to share their experiences and learn more about people with ASD.
The internship involves working closely with supervisors to develop a support group for siblings of children with ASD. You are responsible for completing a comprehensive literature review of available resources and support, outcomes, and research measures for siblings of children with ASD and are required to attend ASD Team meetings and supervisions, as applicable.
Interns are expected to attend the following meetings throughout the internship:
- weekly project supervision with Dr. Baker and/or Dr. Donnelly
- Psychology Graduate Student's clinical supervision with Dr. Donnelly, as needed
- ASD team service meeting, as needed
- monthly ASD team peer supervision meetings
- an optional Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule – Second Edition (ADOS-2) training that takes place July 13-14, 2020
During the program, the intern is excepted to develop an understanding of the challenges siblings and families of people with ASD and developmental disabilities face. You learn about resources and services available to family members, particularly siblings, of children with ASD. You also gain experience conducting literature reviews and with program development.
At the end of the 12-week program, the intern is expected to have completed the following:
- a comprehensive literature review of resources and support available for siblings of children with ASD
- outcomes research on support groups for siblings of children with ASD
- pre- and post-measures for research on parents and siblings of children with ASD who attend a support group
- development of a sibling support group curriculum in conjunction with your supervisors
Ideal candidates have an interest in working with children who have an ASD or developmental disabilities. Experience working with these groups is a plus.
Lorien Baker, PhD
Sleep, Digital Media, and Mental Health Curriculum Internship
We educate tomorrow’s leaders about child and adolescent emotional and behavioral health issues. A key feature of effective education is the selection of up-to-date instructional material with the most recent research.
Two popular CAMS courses, While You Were Sleeping (CAMS-UA 170) and Clicks, Likes, and Tweets: Behavioral Addiction in the Digital Space (CAMS-UA 503), have the difficult task of educating students about the quickly evolving fields of sleep and digital media. This internship involves updating, reformatting, and possibly restructuring parts of the curriculum for both courses. Scientific rigor and creativity are required for the position.
Intern responsibilities include finding scientific articles on sleep, internet addiction, and attention, organizing new research findings, and thinking creatively about how to deliver the new material during classes. Interns also gain experience conducting scientific literature searches, using citation management programs, and delivering oral presentations.
During the 12-week program, interns develop the following skills:
- how to develop an effective oral presentation using PowerPoint
- how to perform a comprehensive literature search on a medical topic using Pubmed
- how to use Endnote proficiently
Ideal candidates are proficient in Microsoft Work and Microsoft PowerPoint and have basic knowledge in video editing software. Excellent English writing and oral skills are required, as well as the ability to organize and summarize scientific articles. Candidates who have participated in the While You Were Sleeping course, or those who are currently enrolled in the class are preferred.
Social Cognitive Affective Neurodevelopmental (SCAN) Imaging Lab Internship
The Social Cognitive Affective Neurodevelopmental Imaging Lab, also known as the SCAN Lab, works to discover fundamental properties of human brain development and to examine how early experiences influence child cognitive and emotional outcomes.
Our lab uses MRI techniques to examine neural networks prior to and at the time of birth. We conduct longitudinal studies that begin with MRI scanning during pregnancy, continuing with MRI examinations through early infancy, and early childhood behavioral assessments.
The intern will support longitudinal data collection throughout different areas of New York City, beginning with MRI scanning during pregnancy and MRI examinations in early infancy. In parallel, the intern may support analysis of an existing data set to test hypotheses linking early brain biomarkers to neurobehavioral development, using data collected in children across the first 5 years of life.
The project principal investigator is Moriah E. Thomason, PhD.
Intern responsibilities include the following:
- assisting in collection of research data from fetal/infant fMRI visits
- handling neuroimaging data (e.g., file transfers, backups, data security, quality)
- managing participant recruitment and scheduling study visits
- managing participant trackers and patient medical records, while in full compliance with protection of human subjects and matters of confidentiality
- executing analysis of neuroimaging and behavioral data, including organizing and prepping data in compliance with processing pipelines
- supporting project administrative objectives, such as ordering supplies and participant payments
- attending a weekly lab meeting
Participation in the internship allows students to gain a better understanding of human pre-natal neurodevelopmental studies and how this research plays a critical role in understanding later cognitive performance. Interns develop a more thorough understanding of neuroimaging data and the tools used for analysis and cultivate curiosity for novel research questions that link social factors to the roles they play in mental health.
At the end of the 12-week program, each intern is expected to have developed a full research protocol of a focus project.
The SCAN Lab is seeking candidates who are working toward a BA or BS degree in psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, biology, or a related field. Engineering or other technical degrees will also be considered. Preference is given to those with excellent interpersonal, organizational, multitasking, and problem-solving skills, who are enthusiastic, determined, and demonstrate a willingness to learn.
Prerequisites include proficiency in the English language, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint. Aptitude with statistics software (SPSS, R, or other), or experimental software is preferred but not required.
Sullivan Lab Internship
Abused children learn to attach to their caregiver. In an attempt to better understand the neural basis of abusive attachment the Sullivan Lab at the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research has developed an animal model of caregiver abuse. The lab’s results suggest that activation of the infant’s brain attachment circuitry suppresses fear learning – the amygdala, which blocks the ability of infants to learn to fear the caretaker. The neurobehavioral study currently recruiting interns will explore additional brain areas that functionally connect to the amygdala, such as the prefrontal cortex and striatum.
Interns will be responsible for analyzing neurobehavioral data from infant rodents and their mother in either control or adversity-rearing (maltreatment) conditions. Procedures the interns will learn include analyzing of brain function using 2-DG autoradiography. They will also learn to analyze the anatomy, histology and construction of ethograms of mother-infant interactions.The interns will discuss progress with the Project Supervisor and the project’s Post-Doctoral fellow on a weekly basis.
Preferred candidates have a background neuroscience. Interns must be hardworking, detail-oriented, a team-player, able to follow protocol, and interested in helping children.
By the end of the project, interns are expected to know how to:
- analyze brain activity (either autoradiography or elecrtrophysiology data)
- analyze videos of animals engaged in mother-infant interactions or in a more controlled environment to determine the effects of maltreatment
- summarize their data and present to the lab on a regular basis
At the end of the summer, the interns will present their data and the implications in a 10- to 15-minute PowerPoint presentation.
Transgender Youth Health Program/Gender & Sexuality Service Internship
The Transgender Youth Health Program and Gender and Sexuality Service at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Health is seeking a part-time intern to support the service in expanding and improving access to gender affirming care. Our multi-disciplinary team helps children, adolescents, young adults, and families navigate gender and sexual identity development through supportive psychotherapy and, when appropriate, access to gender affirming medical interventions.
Our Team is looking for an intern to help with several projects developing materials to train various healthcare professionals and members of the community in best-practices for providing gender affirming care and creating gender affirming environments. This intern will have the opportunity to work with our multi-disciplinary team in developing materials sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, observe comprehensive gender evaluations provided through our training program, and contribute to ongoing research projects related to the health of transgender youth.
The intern will have the opportunity to work with our multi-disciplinary team in developing materials sensitive to the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, observe comprehensive gender evaluations provided through our training program, and contribute to ongoing research projects related to the health of transgender youth.
The intern is expected to attend weekly Psychosocial Rounds with Interdisciplinary Care Team at Fink Children’s Ambulatory Care Center, as well as weekly Gender and Sexuality Service Meetings at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center.
Preferred candidates have a passion or interest in transgender health, and are eager, interpersonally skilled, and organized.
The intern will be expected to accomplish the following throughout the internship:
- synthesize and update existing training materials for disseminating information about gender affirming care
- assist in research activities including literature reviews and data management
- demonstrate knowledge of the Standards of Care for gender affirming medical interventions and special issues facing the LGBTQ+ community
At the end of the corresponding 12-week project, the intern will have successfully completed a literature review on a relevant topic facing transgender youth and will able to present updated slides for conferences, workshops, and trainings related to gender affirming care.