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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 (CAMS).

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 (two credits) during the first six-week summer session and CAMS-UA 301 Internship II (two credits) during the second summer session.

Each part-time, unpaid 12-week summer internships takes place in a clinical, educational, or research setting focused on child, adolescent, and family mental health. Training sites include NYU Langone’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and various clinical and research affiliates. Students are mentored by an established faculty or professional staff member at placement sites. Interns commit to a minimum of 15-hours a week in their field placements in addition to a required 3-hour weekly didactic session that takes place on Wednesdays from 12:00PM to 3:00PM, for a total of at least 18-hours weekly.

2023 Internships

The following CAMS summer internships are available.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Service Internship

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Service at the Child Study Center, part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, is recruiting one to two summer interns to support our group programs. These include the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, or PEERS, Social Skills as well as implementation and facilitation of group program development. The intern also serves as a behavioral coach in our summer intensive groups and attends weekly clinical supervision meetings. Attendance on specific days and times is required for training purposes.

Responsibilities of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Service intern include the following:

  • monitoring the Autism Spectrum Disorder Service email account and providing families with updated program communications
  • supporting program recruitment by scheduling and conducting phone screenings and tracking family contacts
  • attending weekly PEERS Social Skills program supervision meetings with the director, coordinator, and other personnel
  • participating in teen and young adult summer conversation intensives as a behavioral coach
  • update administrative documents, recruitment materials, and resources as needed

Faculty: Gili Segall, PhD, gili.segall@nyulangone.org, and Lauren J. Donnelly, PhD, lauren.donnelly@nyulangone.org

Gender and Sexuality Service Internship

The Gender and Sexuality Service at the Child Study Center is seeking a summer intern to help us with ongoing programming and research projects. The intern supports administrative efforts of the Gender and Sexuality Service, including helping with the creation of psychoeducation materials, joining our weekly team meetings, completing research tasks, and supporting our monthly parent support group. Ideal candidates have a strong interest in learning more about gender and sexuality as it relates to youth mental health. Applicants with interest in minority stress, intersecting identities, and systemic inequities that impact transgender youth and their communities are encouraged to apply.

Faculty: Samantha Busa, PsyD, samantha.busa@nyulangone.org, and Elizabeth Glaeser, PhD, elizabeth.glaeser@nyulangone.org

Integrated Behavioral Health Internship

The Integrated Behavioral Health Internship takes place at the Psychiatry Service at New York Foundling’s Home of Integrated Behavioral Health, a nationally recognized award-winning community-based mental health clinic in East Harlem. The Home of Integrated Behavioral Health responds to the needs of young people under stress with caring, culturally sensitive, evidence-based mental health treatment that is affordable to a broad range of youth and families. The service cares for clients that are simultaneously enrolled in other New York Foundling evidence-based treatment models.

Responsibilities of the Integrated Behavioral Health intern include the following:

  • performing basic intake and assisting clients and families with completing intake related documents
  • learning the basics of clinical documentation
  • participating in weekly interdisciplinary clinical planning conference
  • supporting research projects (i.e. literature review, poster, presentation, etc.)

The internship provides exposure to evidence-based models including trauma focused-cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive processing therapy, identity and acceptance, and functional family therapy

Faculty: Akeem N. Marsh, MD, akeem.marsh@nyulangone.org, and Ruth S. Gerson, MD, ruth.gerson@nyulangone.org

Emma Bowen Early Childhood Mental Health Internship

The Perinatal and Early Childhood Mental Health Services at the Child Study Center seeks an intern to work at the Emma L. Bowen Community Service Center. Located at 145th and Amsterdam, the center provides children ages 0 to 7 years with behavioral health programs that ensure they can develop and thrive—academically, socially, and emotionally

The early years are gaining more traction in the mental health space and are now recognized as paramount in setting up children to develop, explore, and live healthy and fulfilling lives. The intern performs basic intake with families and gains an understanding of child­–parent psychotherapy that is attachment focused and done in a dyadic format for families who have undergone trauma. The intern may also gain a basic understanding in qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as New York State mental health policy and grant processes.

Faculty: Divya Chhabra, MD, divya.chhabra@nyulangone.org

Psychiatric Research Internship

The Teixeira Laboratory uses mouse models to understand how exposure to early-life environmental factors affect behavior later in life. We specifically look at manipulations that alter serotonin and dopamine transmission. We are seeking an intern that would support this research by performing behavioral tasks in mice.

Our lab has two projects running in the summer: 1) Effects of early-life exposure to SSRIs; 2) Effects of early-life maternal separation. In addition to behavioral testing in mice, interns also have the opportunity to learn basic laboratory skills such as PCR to genotype mutant mice as well as to learn other wet lab skills.

Students work under the daily supervision of one of the postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory and meet once a week with the primary investigator. Animal work is performed at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Students must be able to travel to the Nathan Kline Institute in Rockland County to participate in this internship.

Faculty: Catia Martins Teixeira, PhD, catia.martinsteixeira@nyulangone.org

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Mental Health Internship

The child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue is seeking an intern to help with ongoing programming and research projects. The intern supports administrative efforts, helps with the creation of psychoeducation materials, joins our weekly team meetings, completes research tasks, and supports weekly group programming. Candidates that have a strong interest in learning more about youth mental health are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities of the child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient mental health intern include the following:

  • attending supervision meetings (30 minutes to 1 hour per week)
  • assisting with group materials preparation
  • conducting literature review on various youth mental health topics to complete informational handouts for the clinic
  • assisting in compiling a resource-based guide for clinician referrals
  • assisting in weekly group sessions for children and adolescents* (time TBD)
  • joining weekly team meetings*
    *if cleared

Faculty: Lauren E. Latella, PhD, lauren.latella@nyulangone.org, and Maria F. Roccisano, MD, maria.roccisano@nyulangone.org

From Huck Finn to Columbine Course Development Internship

Blake A. Phillips, MD, professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, is recruiting a summer intern to support the updating of his Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) course, From Huck Finn to Columbine. This course explores the spectrum of "bad" behavior and violence in youth from biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives. The intern will read Not Just Bad Kids: The Adversity and Disruptive Behavior Link editedby Lara Cox and Akeem Marsh in its entirety and assist in identifying selections from this reading to replace outdated reading material for the course. Readings from previous required texts include Aggression and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents: Research and Treatment edited by Daniel Connor and Conduct Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence edited by Jonathan Hill and Barbara Maughan. The intern will also assist in updating lecture slides and PowerPoint presentations to reflect the new material.

Faculty: Blake A. Phillips, MD, blake.phillips@nyulangone.org

Clinical Administration Internship

The clinical administration team at the Child Study Center is seeking a summer intern to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programming and initiatives in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The intern performs research on the development of best practices to support existing program initiatives and create opportunities for continued learning and integration of DEI work. Candidates who display a high level of professionalism, organization, and attention to detail with the ability to work across levels of leadership within the department and organization are preferred.

Responsibilities of the clinical administration intern include the following:

  • coordinating meetings, meeting materials, and communication with stakeholders related to the development of the department’s DEI initiatives
  • creating content and marketing materials for meetings and events
  • performing research and data entry
  • scoring clinical assessment questionnaires
  • assisting clinicians with special projects including presentations and mailings
  • contributing to quality improvement of program initiatives
  • preparing reports and presentations
  • other tasks as assigned

Faculty: Junior Javier Burgos, MPA, juniorjavier.burgos@nyulangone.org, and Aaron O. Reliford, MD, aaron.reliford@nyulangone.org

Pediatric Neurodevelopment Research Internship

The Social Cognitive Affective Neurodevelopment Laboratory (SCAN Lab) led by Moriah E.  Thomason, PhD, is seeking an intern to assist with research. The SCAN Lab conducts research focused on social and environmental determinants of perinatal health and early human brain development. We use brain imaging methods, such as MRI, EEG and fNIRS to interrogate function in fetal, infant and toddler brains, and we measure multiple aspects of behavior in both in-person and virtual settings. Our lab is also interested in biological processes that underlie linkages between individual behavior and brain development, and thus collect many types of biospecimens that allow us to measure things like hormones, microbiota, and inflammatory markers.

Research assistant interns in our lab have immersive experience in data collection and interface directly with research participants, gaining first-hand experience with the methodologies referenced above. It is also possible for interns to gain direct data processing experience. For example, interns may become involved in processing biospecimen materials, working with neuroimaging data or with project management, and using software tools such as REDcap, Ripple, and Flywheel. At the point of interview, we ask candidates which of these areas are of greatest interest and try to match them accordingly.

Please note that we prioritize cultural and racial/ethnic diversity in our studies and are especially interested in candidates with Spanish language fluency for that reason, although this is certainly not a requirement.

Program Coordinator: Maya Ruiz, maya.ruiz@nyulangone.org

Child and Mental Health Studies New Course Development Internship

The Child and Mental Health Studies (CAMS) New Course Development Internship is focused on creating content for a possible new CAMS course on organizational skills for undergraduates. This project involves helping Argelinda Baroni, MD, to create approximately 14 sessions for a two credit CAMS course. Both scientific rigor and creativity are required for the position. Interns are expected to be available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Students will meet weekly with Dr. Baroni for 30 to 60 minutes.

The interns will read two manualized treatment protocols on organizational skills and perform literature searches on this topic. The internship involves organizing the material from the books into class sections and creatively thinking about how to deliver the material during classes. The int3ern also gains experience in searching the scientific literature, becomes proficient in citation management, and develops expertise in oral presentation. Students who apply should have proficiency in use of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint; basic video editing ability; excellent English writing and oral skills; excellent organizational skills; and a GPA above 3.5.

Over the course of the summer, interns are expected to engage in the following activities:

  • develop effective oral presentations using PowerPoint
  • perform a thorough literature search on a medical topic using Pubmed and similar resources
  • become proficient in using EndNote or other citation management software
  • produce slides and activities for a CAMS class on organizational skills

Faculty: Argelinda Baroni, MD, argelinda.baroni@nyulangone.org

Behavioral Inhibition Research Assistant Internship

Courtney Filippi, PhD, faculty member in the Department of Child and Adolescent Pyschiatry, seeks a highly motivated intern whose research interests sit at the cross-section of cognitive neuroscience, child development, and clinical psychology to conduct research at the Child Study Center.

We unders and that the temperament of behavioral inhibition emerges in infancy and predicts a four-fold increased risk for social anxiety. Our research examines the neural mechanisms underlying behavioral inhibition and the pathway to anxiety. The intern has the opportunity to work on a research project examining associations between infant brain connectivity and behavioral inhibition. The project will make use of an existing longitudinal dataset and will allow the student to learn about infant brain imaging, participate in brain imaging data analysis, and develop skills in infant behavior quantification.

Faculty: Courtney Filippi, PhD, courtney.filippi@nyulangone.org

Child Maltreatment Research Assistant Internship

Child maltreatment is linked with many mental and physical health challenges in childhood and adulthood. Research has shown that child maltreatment-related decision-making by child welfare staff is influenced by many factors beyond what is experienced by a given child. We are seeking an intern with strong quantitative skills to help us conduct analyses examining such factors using national child maltreatment data.

Our goal is to publish this research, providing the intern with an authorship opportunity. The intern would also have the opportunity to learn about and participate in other projects related to child maltreatment, child welfare, and trauma. Experience with stastical analysis software (SAS), including writing SAS code, is required.

Faculty: Erika Tullberg, MPH, PhD, erika.tullberg@nyulangone.org

Development of Innovative Assessment and Treatment Methods Internship

The Selective Mutism Service and the Organizational Skills Training Program at the Child Study Center are seeking an intern to work with Richard Gallagher, PhD, and his team on measurement development and data acquisition for two projects: 1) a self-report measure for children with selective mutism and social anxiety and 2) a shortened version of the Children’s Organizational Skills Scale-parent and teacher versions.

The intern is also expected to help with consolidating the content for a comprehensive support program for learning-disabled high school students that addresses skills in organization, time management, and planning and other executive functions that are needed for emotional regulation, motivation management, problem-solving, study skills, and self-advocacy. The program is currently being utilized in a single select New York City public high school. Revisions are being proposed to extend the program to additional high schools in the coming year. 

As part of this opportunity, the intern will gain an understanding of following concepts:

  • the methods used to create and statistically analyze psychological rating scales
  • the process of transferring abstract, clinical concepts into operationalized measurement content
  • the process of adapting clinically-developed treatment methods for delivery in the school setting.
  • the nature of anxiety disorders, learning disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and their emotional correlates
  • how these conditions are manifested in the day-to-day lives of children and teens

Faculty: Richard Gallagher, PhD, richard.gallagher@nyulangone.org

How to Apply

The application deadline for all internships is February 28, 2023. Students should submit their CV and cover letter via email to the faculty supervisor for the internship of interest. Applications submitted after this deadline will not be considered for placement in the CAMS Summer Internship Program. Internship applicants will be asked to interview with supervising faculty. Placements will be announced on a rolling basis until March 31.

For general questions related to CAMS summer internships, students should reach out to Randi D. Pochtar, PhD, at randi.pochtar@nyulangone.org.