SAMHSA Student Opportunities

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports internship opportunities for qualified high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students to gain meaningful experiences in public health settings. Whether you are looking for a summer internship, practicum, or volunteer opportunity, the following programs provide valuable exposure to a wide range of behavioral health issues and prevention\treatment approaches.

  • SAMHSA Internship Program
  • Volunteer Program
  • Social Work and Public Health Practicum Program
  • Presidential Management Fellows Program
  • Minority Fellowship Program

SAMHSA Internship Program

Fall Session

September 10 – December 21, 2012
Duration: 15 weeks
Application Cycle: June 15 – August 1, 2012
Application Deadline: August 1, 2012

Spring Session

January 14 – April 26, 2013
Duration: 15 weeks
Application Cycle: October 15 – December 1, 2012
Application Deadline: December 1, 2012

Summer Session

June 3 – August 9, 2013
Duration: 10 weeks
Application Cycle: February 15 – April 1, 2013
Application Deadline: April 1, 2013

SAMHSA offers semester based full-time paid internships. Paid internships offer an opportunity to gain first-hand experience in key behavioral and public health areas such as:

  • Prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental illness
  • Health information technology
  • Research and data analysis
  • Grants and program management
  • Policymaking and regulations
  • Communications and social marketing
  • Program management and operations

SAMHSA headquarters are located in Rockville, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC. Paid interns work 40 hours a week in a department that most closely matches their academic background and experience. Past internship assignments include working on behavioral health projects and special assignments, conducting behavioral health research, and implementing operational and administrative solutions. Internships at SAMHSA provide an opportunity to directly support its mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.


Last updated: 05/30/2012

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