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Internship Opportunities at MHAW

We are committed to providing valuable learning experiences for undergraduate and graduate student interns from multiple disciplines including: social work, mental health counseling, creative arts therapy, nursing, psychology, public health, as well as other human service professions.

Internships are available in programs such as PROS, Care Management, Suffolk County United Veterans, Special Projects, Education/Advocacy, HELPLINE, and administration. While students might request to intern in a specific program, the agency reserves the right to assign them to a program that best meets a student’s education and experience level.

Student assignments during the internship will vary and may include the following: assisting in completing intakes, leading groups, one-to-one counseling, answering the HELPLINE, planning events, advocacy, home visits, and attending appointments at the Department of Social Services.

Interns are required to complete an application, submit a resume, and interview with their potential field instructor/supervisor. If both are in agreement that the placement would be a good match, the student will be required to complete the same screening and orientation process through human resources as an employee. This requires the following mandatory screening process:

• Criminal background check and fingerprinting through the New York State Justice Center
• SEL Check (Staff Exclusion List) Website
• New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG: Medicaid Fraud Check)
• U.S National Sex Offender Database Public Website
• SAM (System for Award Management).

It is the policy of MHAW that all student interns be referred to us by their educational institutions.

Anne Marie Montijo LCSW
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives
631-471-7242 x1432

Peer Specialist Student Intern

Position Description:

The Association for Mental Health and Wellness’ (MHAW) Recovery Center East, which is run by trained peer specialist who have personal experience with the mental health system, offers an array of services that help individuals with emotional distress, mental health and substance use issues find meaningful connections to their community.

All of MHAW Recovery Center East’s services are based on their mission that, the Recovery Center East supports healing and empowerment for our broader communities and for the people who have been impacted by mental health and/or substance use issues.  We promote a culture of recovery through;

  • Intentional, trauma-informed and mutual peer support by the development of genuine human relationships with people who have “been there”.
  • Collaborative processes in which the individual may then identify their strengths, create goals, and take action to achieve these goals.
  • Exposure to unique learning opportunities and community events through advocacy and empowerment.

The responsibilities of all Students extend to understanding and incorporating certain principles into their work, they will have a variety of duties and responsibilities that are commensurate with all staff members to support and further the mission of MHAW; empowering people and communities to pursue and sustain healthy and enriched lives.  The responsibilities of all students consist of direct services as well as administrative work.  They must work as part of an interdisciplinary team to address the needs of the community and the people they work with directly

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