Information about SAMHSA internship application eligibility, application process, selection process, as well as information for the admitted interns.

What is the SAMHSA Internship Program?

The SAMHSA Internship Program introduces students to the important role SAMHSA plays in ensuring a productive life in the community for everyone. Interns gain practical experience through projects, special assignments, or research that support federal, state, and community-based programs, policies, and best practices in the prevention and treatment of substance abuse and mental illness.

The SAMHSA Internship Program allows students to use their specific skills and knowledge while experiencing the value of their education. Interns work 40 hours a week at SAMHSA's headquarters in Rockville, MD, on meaningful projects, gaining real-life exposure to areas aligned with their course of study.

Internship Opportunities

By 2020, behavioral health disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. The SAMHSA Internship Program shows highly competent students how they can reduce the community impact of mental illness and substance abuse through a variety of fields:

  • Substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment
  • Federal, state, and local government policies and regulations
  • Health IT
  • Program administration, operations, and management
  • Research and data analysis
  • Communications and social marketing
  • Grant management

Internship Diversity

Building a diverse behavioral health workforce is a top public health priority. The SAMHSA Internship Program was specifically designed to equip college students from populations typically underrepresented in the public health field. Students from these groups are encouraged to apply:

  • Women
  • Veterans
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Asian and Pacific Islanders
  • Students of Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Tribal Colleges and Universities
Last Updated: 09/15/2017