Field Work & Seminar

BC3473 Fieldwork Course in Psychological Services
Offered in the spring semester

Julia Sheehy, Ph.D. and Marjorie Silverman, Ph.D.

**If considering this course please contact the instructors early on in the fall prior to the course.

Course Description:

This course introduces students to clinical and counseling work, and to psychodynamic ways of understanding and supporting people in psychological distress.  Students secure a clinical placement for the course, and apply readings on psychodynamic notions of parenting, psychopathology, and therapeutic process to their clinical experiences.  The course helps students clarify their professional goals, and provides the clinical experience that strengthens applications to social work programs, and that is required for applications to clinical and counseling doctoral programs.

Application Process:

Apply for the course by submitting an application to Professors Sheehy and Silverman (

Secure a placement for the course. Use the list of placements below as a guide in your search; some of the listed placements may no longer have openings, and you may contact sites not currently on the list.  Finding a suitable placement requires time and perseverance, contact the instructors at any point for guidance: and

Arrange to work at least seven hours per week at your placement, and to begin there no later than the first class.  Find an on-site supervisor who has professional training, preferably in an area you might be interested in pursuing. The supervisor must commit to supervise you once per week and to write a brief final evaluation.

Contact the instructors for approval. Your place in the course is not final until your application and placement have both been approved. 

Sign and have your on-site supervisor sign the attached contract. Make three copies - one for your supervisor, one for Professors Sheehy and Silverman, and one for yourself. 

See below for examples of previous field placement sites that to the best of our knowledge remain current options.


Fieldwork Placement Opportunities 

(as of November 3, 2014)


** actively seeking interns

+ past students have had good experiences at this placement


The Addiction Institute of New York

Rosalyn Cedeno-Vigo, Outreach Coordinator, 212-523-6864,

1000 Tenth Avenue, Room 8G-67, New York, NY 10019

All interested candidates see

Under the ‘Training & Education” page, scroll down and view the template where all training disciplines are represented with a person to contact. Contact Rosalyn with questions.


Judy Adkins, LCSW, 212-724-0514,

Coordinator of the Intake Office at National Institute for the Psychotherapies.

Contact for further information (Rena Staub,



12 Route 17 North, Paramus, NJ 07652

Judy Gurfein, Ph.D., ABBP Director

Suzanne Troya, Internship Coordinator,, 201-368-3700

Email with resume

Excellent opportunity for hands on experience in a "real life" setting. Multidisciplinary private mental health center for children and adults. Training and supervision by a licensed psychologist. Work as intake counselor dealing with diverse problems including emotional and substance abuse. Opportunities to learn research, administration, practice management, and marketing in

preparation for health care reform. The commute is not difficult and worth the effort. They would like at least one full day. (Avery Lin Ye '05)

Dr. Gurfein is very invested in her interns, she will answer any question about the field, her experiences, or psychology in general. Responsibilities include general office tasks, administering surveys and general health questionaires to patients (in person), writing for Arista's online blog, new patient intakes (on the phone), and calling insurance companies.  At this placement, you will learn a vast amount about how insurance companies are shaping the world of clinical psych.  This internship does involve a lot of office tasks, but if you show an interest, Dr. Gurfein will help you to learn about anything you'd wish to investigate.  (Sindhuja Shivaji '13)


Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center

Ann Springer, Client Coordinator and Staff Therapist

212 725 7850

Send a cover letter and resume (in .doc format) to

"Human Resources" in the subject line



445 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Steven M.S. Kurtz, PhD, ABPP, Senior Director, Center for ADHD & Disruptive Behavior Disorders

Director, Selective Mutism Program,

Application instructions are online at -
(Emily Hirsch '13)



Children of the City, 740 40th Street, Brooklyn, NY 

Joyce Mattera, Executive Director, & Jena Hernandez, Director of Programs,, 718-436-0242
As an intern, you would be expected to conduct home visits in Sunset Park 1x/month (each is about 6 hours). Proper training will be provided in addition to a roster listing salient information needed for visit. This volunteer position is great for individuals who need "field-work" experience. Those who would like a more intensive position to fulfill class requirements can work with her to come up with a specific project with weekly hours.
Children of the City conducts outreach to over 500 families in Sunset Park, interacting with more than 900 children each month. During the initial visit, interns make preliminary assessments, noting the living conditions and any salient issues affecting children in the home. Interns also gather contact information, and provide families with information about services Children of the City offers along with other local service providers. Email or call Joyce to discuss.



Jewish Health System, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics

Dr. Andrew Adesman, Director of Internship Program,

Jill Sonnenklar, PhD,

Christine Peck, assistant, 516 802-6101

An 8-10-week program in clinical research related to developmental and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on one or more research projects related to normal or abnormal child development.

Students will assist the faculty member in an ongoing research project and/or work collaboratively with the mentor in designing a new project of mutual interest.  Although the internship is primarily focused on clinical research, there is also an opportunity to co-author a review article for immediate publication in a peer-reviewed pediatric journal.

While participating in the program, students will be expected to attend some introductory clinical lectures about child development and developmental disorders. Students will also be encouraged to attend other lectures of interest available through the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital. For further information please contact Dr. Adesman.


**Columbia Couples Lab, CU Psychology Department

219 Schermerhorn, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Matthew Riccio, 212-854-0127, 

Niall Bolger, Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University, is the Lab supervisor


Here at the Columbia Couples Lab, our main research interests include adjustment processes in close relationships, emotion and physiology, and personality processes as they are revealed in patterns of behavior and emotion in daily life. Overall, we look at how people support each other, both effectively and ineffectively.  Support can have costly effects for both the giver and the receiver; we want to know how to maximize the effectiveness of supportive behaviors in a given scenario.

Typically our RAs are assigned to one specific research project that is of particular interest to them and their future goals.  We ask for a minimum commitment of at least 10 hours per week for at least one semester or three months, though we are very flexible about when and how these hours are used.  Specific tasks vary from project to project, but responsibilities often include things like meeting with, interviewing, and/or running participants and subjects; calling potential participants for screening interviews; conducting literature searches and reviews; coding, entering, managing, and analyzing data; etc.

Currently we have two specific projects looking for additional Research Assistants.  The first is a study being conducted in collaboration with the Columbia University Medical Center, exploring how social support, mood, emotion, feelings of stigma, and fluctuations in facilitators and barriers influence medication adherence in patients diagnosed with epilepsy.  Medication non-adherence in patients diagnosed with epilepsy has severe consequences, including elevated risks for morbidity and mortality.  We are examining what factors play a role in helping and hindering patients in taking their prescribed medications through the use of electronic pillboxes and self-reports, in hopes of developing future interventions to address these patient needs.  Research Assistants involved in this project work hand-in-hand with doctors and nurses at the Columbia University Medical Center, meeting regularly and conducting intensive interviews with patients and delivering study questionnaires.

The second study looking for additional Research Assistants examines interpersonal support processes between both strangers and friends.  Conducted in our research lab space on the Morningside Campus (219 Schermerhorn Hall), this study explores how individuals support one another and which support delivery strategies/methods are most effective.  Research Assistants involved in this project will help to run participants, code video recordings, and enter and analyze data.

If you have any questions about the lab or our research, or if you are interested in applying for a research assistant position with us, feel free to email Matthew Riccio at


Columbia Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

622 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032

Erica Chin

Must go through

And request a placement in the psychiatry department


+**The Door - A Center of Alternatives,

121 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10013

Seth Adam Walker, Membership Associate, (212) 941-9090 x3334,


Excellent opportunity to work with adolescents in distress. Help evaluate and refer young people from many cultures and walks of life who are experiencing a

wide range of social, emotional, and educational difficulties. Direct short term contact with

clients, intake interviews and placement. Great supervision and work environment.

They have recently updated their training and supervision which now includes an intensive supplementary training day which covers many of the systems (foster care, shelters) which affect their population. They also now require reflection papers from intake counselors, which are used to provide focused feedback.

They are particularly in need of bilingual interns (Mandarin, Spanish, French preferred). Need interns and volunteers Monday through Friday between the hours of 2 and 6pm, with extended hours until 8pm on Wednesdays. Students who are in their Junior or Senior years, and who have prior experience with urban youth populations are preferred.

Wonderful, challenging, and rewarding experience. The time commitment is two afternoons a week (2pm to 6:30pm) in addition to a day-long training session some time before you start (and optional ongoing training opportunities). Interns conduct intake interviews with young people who are becoming members of the organization: so asking them about their lives, using skills of active listening and empathy to make them feel comfortable and cared for, and referring them to relevant resources in The Door. We also record demographic data about the young people and complete summaries of each intake. Conducting intakes is an incredible opportunity to connect with people from different backgrounds and hone your skills of communication and compassion.

Supervision is excellent: Elise and Hilda (the supervisors) shadow an intake at the very start of your time there and mid-semester. Elise also holds a Process Group for interns once every 2 weeks in order to discuss issues that have arisen or go over specific resources, and she is always available to speak if you need advice/support/guidance. A huge part of my positive experience was also working with the other interns there; all bright and warm-hearted people.

Send a cover letter and resume to Elise Schuster to set up an interview. Please include your name of Professor and program affiliation in cover letter. Further information at

(Nikki Press '13,, still working there; Nikhita Pradhakar '13; Sophia Alan '13; Daryl Garfinkel '13,

**DOROT, Inc.

171 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024

Reeva Mager, LMSW, Director, 917-441-3704, (Barnard grad!)

Mobilize community to support aging at home. Geriatric treatment focusing on the physical and emotional needs of the elderly and those caring for them. Friendly visitor program, bereavement counseling, outreach, staff meetings assessing normal/abnormal aging and its issues. Support groups for those caring for the elderly; University without Walls; Homelessness Prevention Program; Health & Wellness Center with mind/body therapy. Intergenerational work with young volunteers and the elderly. Student will visit isolated elderly people in their homes, which exposes the student to the challenges (physical, financial, medical, social, psychological,

spiritual) that seniors face. Depending on the students schedule and interests, there are possibilities of assisting with serving and hosting of dinner to seniors in DOROT's transitional residence for formerly homeless seniors, possible participation in group for seniors with early stages of Alzheimers, telephone reassurance, opportunities to join some staff meetings, etc. Great opportunity in a growing and enthusiastic program with excellent supervision. 4 Barnard alums on staff!

Eviction Intervention Services Housing Resource Center/Clutter Intervention

1233 Second Avenue b/w 64th & 65th, New York, NY 10065


Gael Krajzman Johns, Housing Advocate,

EIS is seeking interns to help with the SORT program (Space Organization Resource Tools). All interns are assigned a client list of 8-10 clients who have requested a weekly phone call. Interns will be responsible for calling their clients, helping them set weekly manageable goals, increase motivation to de-clutter, and discuss emotions that arise while working on the apartment.

Send cover letter and resume to: Gael Krajzman Johns


**FEGS Health & Human Services

315 Hudson Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10013

There is a location in Riverdale as well.

Stacey Rosenbluth, LCSW, (917) 606-6548,

Program Manager, Student Intern and Volunteer Services

Email resume with interests and desired start/end dates to find a match. They create internships based on the applicant’s skills.

The LEAD program offers Russian-speaking Jewish students paid internships.


William Fifer. Ph.D., 212-543-5708,

NYSPI and Children's Hospital, CUMC

Clinical research project studying brain/behavior development in fetuses and infants. Spanish speaking students particularly needed.


Fifth Avenue Counseling Center

50 W 23rd St #9, New York, NY 10010, 212-989-2990           

Works with various treatment techniques including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and systems modalities.

Email Babs LeFrak,, for more information



Dr. Lois Wolf, 646-823-4743,

She prefers to be contacted by phone.

Work with psychological services and internship program in the middle school for socioeconomically disadvantaged boys on St. Marks place.


+Marianne Goodman, MD,

Bronx VA Hospital Research Project

Large funded grant in suicide research

Research on the neurological underpinnings and treatment of personality disorders using Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Students will function as co-therapists in the DBT skills training group, participate in supervision groups with psychiatric residents and interns and develop a small research or clinical project depending upon particular interests. Past students have worked with veterans at risk for suicide. Excellent opportunity with outstanding supervision. Email Marianne Goodman to apply and schedule a phone call. (Mumta Dadlani, '02; Abby Belcher, '03; Laura Michonski, '03; Chloe Carmichael, '04, Estie Wolf '06, Tamar Lichtman '13 – contact for information


+Greenwich House

Hannah Read, volunteer coordinator,, (212) 991-0003, ext. 401.

27 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014, (212) 675-3435

GH works with substance abuse treatment, mental health, health care, elder care, and services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Contact Hannah for specific needs.



135 W. 50th St. 6th Floor

New York, NY 10020

Natasha Gray, (212) 632-4687,,

Volunteer Services

Non-denominational, over 100 programs throughout the city. Placements available in all boroughs,

JBFCS is one of the nation’s premier voluntary mental health and social service agencies, touching the lives of more than 65,000 New Yorkers each year through a wide range of community-based, working with emotionally disturbed children, domestic violence, therapeutic nursery, geriatric care, mentally ill adults, AIDS patients, special education.  

JBFCS is a teaching center of the Columbia School of Social Work.

Begin application process 4-6 weeks prior to beginning of internship. They will need two written references, a State Central Register Clearance Form for work with minors, fingerprints for certain positions.

*See email with application forms


Jewish Guild for the Blind - Mental Health Resources

212 769 6263, HR - 212 769 6222

15 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023


Lexington Center for Mental Health

2502 75th St, East Elmhurst, NY 11370, 718-250-3143

Offers comprehensive mental health and case management services for Deaf individuals and their families.


Lower Eastside Service Center, Inc. Continuing Day Treatment Program

46 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002, 212-566-5372, Jessica Loyola

Treatment and care for New Yorkers living with chemical dependency and mental health issues.



Jacob Kader, 646-672-6767,

Adult inpatient chronic care facility for mentally ill (mostly schizophrenia) and drug addicted persons. Co-lead groups, work individually, attend staff meetings. Excellent supervision. Difficult but challenging and interesting. Affiliated with NYU Med Center. They would like an intern with some experience (emphasize this on application). The internship involves helping with group therapy sessions throughout the day, one day per week. Groups cover a wide array of topics and are used to develop various skills. MPC is located on Wards Island, between Manhattan and Queens. The staff psychologists are helpful and approachable. This is a great experience for anyone looking to explore the schizophrenic population, or a lot of hands-on human connection. (Emily Pisem '13; Rachel Cherrick '13,

Martin McElhiny, MD, 212-543-5331,

HIV Clinical Research Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute investigating the social, psychological, and neurological implications of HIV/AIDS.


Morris Heights Health Center

7 locations in the Bronx, 718-716-4400

MOUNT SINAI Kravis Children's Hospital, Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department

1 Gustave L. Levy Place New York, NY 10029.

Wanda Valdez, Internship/Student Coordinator, 212-241-6797,

Caroline Boynton, Volunteer Coordinator,

Internship and volunteer positions available.

Intensive internships link theory to actual “hands-on” practices with children, youth and families. This internship program will help clinically prepare students in skills that can be applied to any setting as a Child Life Specialist. They offer the framework and support necessary for interns to build independence in developing thorough assessments, providing appropriate interventions, and creating unique programming for children and families. In addition, interns increase their skills and focus their learning through curriculum focus readings, seminars and relevant assignments.

Internships: Winter-Spring Session, 40 hours per week for 15 weeks, total of 600 hours

Fall Session, 40 hours per week for 15 weeks, total of 600 hours

Volunteer positions: A minimum commitment of 4 consecutive hours per week for 4 consecutive months. A condensed summer program is available.

Full information at


MOUNT SINAI Compulsive and Impulsive Disorders Program

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029

Roya Nazarian, (212) 241-3089,, Barnard alum!

Data entry, organization of study materials, recruitment, lit searches, opportunity to observe

patient/doctor interaction, attend research conferences and grand rounds. Preference given to seniors interested in research with background in abnormal psych, research methods and statistics.  

MOUNT SINAI Special Evaluation Mood and Personality Disorder

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
One Gustave L. Levy Place, New York, NY 10029

Lauren Zaluda, Research Coordinator, 212-241-0442,

Marianne Goodman is associated with this program as well the Bronx VA. There is opportunity for clinical exposure particularly if volunteers stay for 2 semesters.

They will have full-time positions opening up in the next few months.

MOUNT SINAI Therapeutic Nursery

1240 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Mona Dreier, Associate Director, 212-241-6878,

Work closely with disturbed parents and young children as a member of a therapeutic team. Training program for child psychiatrists, psychologists and special educators. Attend seminars, case conferences; encouraging and supportive staff. Taking volunteers, open to discussing internships.

MOUNT SINAI Eating and Weight Disorders Program

Thomas Hildebrandt,

Interns will have research-related administrative tasks along with some clinical exposure. There is opportunity to sit in on psychological assessments, train in a new forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and participate in the weekly meetings. Welcoming team. Extremely rewarding if the time and effort is exerted. (Elianna Kaplowitz '13,, 646-410-3041)


NATIONAL  CENTER  ON  ADDICTION  AND  SUBSTANCE  ABUSE  AT COLUMBIA; (CASA), 633  Third  Ave, 19th  floor,  New York, NY 10017-6706

Susan  Brown, 212  841-5250;

Work on innovative treatment research study of substance abusing women on welfare. In Newark, NJ and midtown Manhattan. Assist with record reviews, data coding, collection of data. Opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art substance abuse and psychiatric research. There is no clinical experience, only research. They are no longer hiring unpaid interns, but if a student is very interested and a very good fit, they may create a paid internship. Further information at  




165 West 46th Street, Suite 402, New York, NY 10036

Various opportunities with Helpline and project research. This is not a treatment center. They take on about 40 interns and there are a number of positions.

See website for detailed descriptions and application:



Deborah Ellis, Chief Program Officer, 212-537-5170,

Prema Menon, Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services

(212) 537-5080,

Community-based agency serving single homeless adults. Comprehensive care. Observe and co-facilitate groups, attend community meetings. Several different sites and divisions including residence, interim housing, outreach, job works, learning works.

Position descriptions at


Northside Center for Child Development 

1301 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10029, 212 426 3400

Central Harlem Services of Northside
247-249 West 135th St., New York, NY 10030, 646 259 2000

Northside Center fosters the healthy development of children and families and seeks to empower them to respond constructively to negative societal factors including racism and its related consequences. Through comprehensive, high quality mental health and educational services, coupled with research, children and families are aided in developing to their full potential.


Volunteer to help throughout NYC in a flexible program that also has opportunities during the weekend.


Margaret Becker, 212-886-4095,

Brief respite program for stressed parents whose children are at risk for abuse or neglect. Crisis intervention counseling and referrals to long term services. Opportunities may include 1)24-hour parent help telephone line 2)secretarial/clerical 3)childcare. They are taking volunteers and have a mother-child program.

**NYPH Adult Psych Women's Team

Joan E. Storey PhD, 212-305-4660, (Barnard alum)

The Women’s Team of the New York Presbyterian Hospital Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Service is looking for a Barnard psychology student with an interest in women’s mental health - to work for 14 weeks over the spring semester for 7-10 hours per week to be supervised Nicole Van Nortwick, PHD, Carisa Kymissis, MD, or another clinician on the team for 45 minutes per week.

The student must be present on Tuesday from 11:30 until 3. If the student wants to come two days a week, there is a Women’s team conference on Wednesdays 10-11 as well as guest lectures and more training opportunities on late Wednesday afternoons.

Women who are pregnant or whom have had babies within the last year and who are having psychiatric problems are evaluated and treated by a multi-disciplinary team.  Patients have a 2-3 session evaluation.  Most patients receive group therapy after the evaluation, but some receive individual treatment.

The intern will sit in on the evaluation meetings and will have the opportunity to observe evaluations.  The women may bring their children to appointments.  The student will assist by working with the children while the parent is seen. Her observations regarding the children’s behavior will be incorporated in the team’s understanding of the patient and her problems. The student will also, at times, spend time with the parent/child modeling nurturing behaviors and helping parents learn how to support their child’s development.  A main project for the student will be to put together a resources list of places where parents can get support, companies that provide free supplies for new mothers, and of places to refer patients who need care elsewhere.

The student should contact Joan Storey, PhD by email (JES125@COLUMBIA.EDU).  Please include a letter of interest and a resume.  Dr. Storey will contact the applicant. Some applicants will be asked in for an interview with Dr. Van Nortwick.

The credentialing requirement for Volunteers at NYPH is very rigorous.  Applicants must be able to start this process in early December in order to be able to begin the internship in January.  The credentialing requirement includes: a meeting with Volunteer Services, two visits to occupational health, one day of volunteer training on hospital policies and safety, and fingerprinting and a child abuse clearance.

*See email with application form, eager for interns

Student should be available Mondays and Wednesdays!


New York Presbyterian Audubon Practice

21 Audubon Avenue, New York, NY 10032, 212-342-3200

Acute medical care to adolescents, including physical exams, gynecological care, evaluation and treatment of chronic medical conditions, and care for acute illnesses and injuries.


Barbara Milrod., MD,

Charlie Gross, Research Coordinator,

One of the few outcome studies of psychodynamic psychotherapy of anxiety and panic disorder with one of the more outstanding clinical researchers in the area. Independent, motivated and experienced students preferred. Responsibilities will depend on the level of commitment and time available. Opportunity to attend staff meetings, be intensively trained in many aspects of treatment and research, do community outreach. One year commitment preferred. Best to apply early to get through the intake procedure for staff which can be time consuming.



1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032

Matt Gold, CTRS, Director of Volunteer Services,

Dr. Werner Achatz, (646) 392-7361

A variety of volunteer opportunities in the Department of Psychiatry including clinical, occupational, and recreational services. Contact Matt for work in the Children’s Day Unit.

Information at


NYSPI/The Center for Practice Innovation at Columbia University

ACT Institute, Division of Mental Health Services and Policy Research

1051 Riverside Drive, Room 2709, Box 100, New York, NY 10032

Helle Thorning, Ph.D., Research Scientist & Director,  212-543-5250

CPI seeks an intern to assists the research team in the implementation of Evidence Based Practices for persons with mental illness and their families. Intern will participate in conducting qualitative and quantitate research, training in Evidenced Based Practices, and manuscript preparation.  The intern will receive supervision from the ACT Institute Director.  

Time commitment is 20 – 30 hours per week.

Requirements: Psych major, sophomore or above with some background in conducting literature review and a strong interest in mental health with vulnerable populations.

Please submit letter of interest and CV to: Helle Thorning, Ph.D.

Dr. Thorning eager to speak with applicants sooner


+ NYSPI Columbia Children’s Day Unit

Pablo Goldberg, MD,
The Children’s Day Unit is designed to treat 12-18 year olds in an all day therapeutic program. Patients attend school in the outpatient unit, and interns have the opportunity to help teachers with the class, work individually with students, and attend activities such as gym, art therapy, psychoeducation group, and social work group. Interns assist with research and administrative tasks to support various studies. There is opportunity to conduct phone screens in order to assess whether people should be further evaluated or whether they should be referred elsewhere. Interns may also attend Grand Rounds lectures with all child and adolescent faculty and staff at NYSPI.

(Emily Hirsch '13,


NYSPI Columbia Center for Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders Clinic, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY, 10032

Barbara Smolek, OTR, MPA, Administrative Manager, 212-543-5831,

Contact Barbara for further information    

NYU Child Study Center

One Park Avenue, 7th Fl, New York, New York, 10016

Denise Ramirez, Project Associate,

Seeking Interns/Volunteers: This unpaid internship will provide interns/volunteers the opportunity to participate in a federally-funded study of Latino families focused on acculturation, parenting practices and child behavioral, socio-emotional and pre-academic readiness skills. Interns/Volunteers will learn standardized psychological assessments and will gain invaluable field experience working alongside teachers and young children in NYC public schools.

The position involves: Directly interacting with Pre-k, K and 1st grade teachers and their students in the classroom with the opportunity of conducting psychological testing with young children (1st Grade) in New York City public schools. Transportation is paid for.

While the work schedule is flexible to accommodate other commitments, interns/volunteers must commit a minimum of 12 hours a week for a full semester.

If interested, email cover letter, resume and references to Denise Ramirez.


462 First Avenue, Suite 7N3, New York, NY 10016


Taking applications for volunteer positions



960 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, (718) 847-9233

Adult Outpatient Treatment, DUI/DWI Services, Outreach Training Institute


Queens County Neuropsychiatric Institute

Dr. Sailoace

3764 72nd St., Jackson Heights, NY 11372, 718-335-3434

+RAINN – Rape Abuse and Incest National Network

Both a phone hotline and an online hotline for victims of rape and abuse.

1220 L Street NW, Suite 505, Washington, DC 20005, 202-544-1034,

Instructions to apply for volunteer opportunities staffing the hotline:

There are also internships in Victim services for students in the DC area:


Renfrew Center 

Alisha Bilimori, human resources

11 E 36th St #2, New York, NY 10016

(212) 685-6856

Submit resumes to

Please indicate your availability and the location you are interested in.


Safe Horizons

2 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10007

Lynn Conybeare, Volunteer Program Coordinator, direct line 212-577-3895

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. Lynn will be in touch with specific positions in various locations around NYC – students can call her with inquiries.

General volunteer opportunities website:




24-hour confidential crisis response hotline. Generally involved one day/week and one overnight shift/month, 6-month commitment. Intensive training is offered and required. Not a clinical organization. Orientation meeting is November 12, 2013. Next training begins November 23.

See email or find application instructions:


Robert C. Smith M..D., Ph. D., 845-398-6531; 516-569-1810 (better for messages)

Research Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Medical School, Dept. Psychiatry

Research Scientist (Psychiatrist III), Neurochemistry, Nathan Kline Institute, Orangeburg, NJ

Research and treatment of schizophrenic/schizoaffective patients. Student would likely need a car for commute to Orangeburg.


Steinway Child Services 

Karen Nemeroff, LCSW-R, Supervisor and Assistant Director of Mental Health Services

22-15 43rd Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101-3825,  (718) 389-5100,
Psychiatric evaluations, medications, counseling, case management, substance abuse treatment, and a children’s residence.



Observe intakes, co-lead a weekly therapy group, and sit in on meetings with the department's clinicians. Very nice staff. They will create an internship for a good candidate. (Julia Stark '13)

**TARA for Borderline personality Disorder

23 Greene Street #3, New York, NY 10013

Valerie Porr, 212-966-6514,

TARA for Borderline personality Disorder (TARA4BPD) is seeking student interns for fall/spring 2014-2015 for our Manhattan offices. Interning at TARA is an opportunity for an undergraduate or graduate psychology student looking to pursue a career in clinical psychology or social work to gain clinical experience as well as familiarity with latest treatment and research in the field of personality disorder. Although TARA internships are non-paid, committed and responsible volunteers have the opportunity to learn clinical skills and develop familiarity with experts in the field.

TARA, founded in 1995, funded by donations and memberships, is a nonprofit organization focusing on education and advocacy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Our mission is to raise awareness of personality disorders, reduce stigma against persons with the disorder and their families, and educate family members to become therapeutic allies for their loved one's with BPD. TARA operates a national BPD Helpline which provides information and referrals. We conduct psychoeducation workshops for family members and people with BPD in the TARA Method, an integrated method of psychoeducation based on Dialectic Behavior Therapy and Mentalization, two evidence based treatments for BPD. We also conduct seminars at national and international conferences. Interns are supervised by Valerie Porr, MA, president of TARA and author of the award winning book, Overcoming Borderline Personality Disorder, a Family Guide for Healing and Change, Oxford University Press.

Interns duties would include the following: answering helpline calls, collecting data, data entry, responding to emails, setting up classes, corresponding with participants, scheduling consultation appointments, maintaining database and class records, developing and processing surveys, making travel arrangements, and operating copy machine and scanner. A background in research psychology is helpful.

Prospective interns must have a minimum of one weekday per week available for this commitment, from 12 o'clock noon until 5 or 7 pm. Additional availability is greatly appreciated. Interns are not needed on weekends or in the early morning.

Interested interns may contact Ms. Porr at (212) 966-6514 after 12:00 noon or


Donna Vermes, MS, NPP, BC, (646) 267-2282,

37 Washington Square S #1a, New York, NY 10011

Research Administrator
Anxiety Disorders Clinic
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Contact for further information (Rena Staub)


The following positions do not meet class requirements but may be of interest:



270 West 96th Street, New York, NY 10025, 212-222-9575

Megan Brayton,

The volunteer opportunities are a great experience for students to build leadership skills, gain experience interacting with people with disabilities, and experience working with other professionals in a team to provide a fun and safe environment for our participants.  Volunteers lead day trips to recreational events throughout the 5 boroughs including movies, museums, concerts, festival and much more with groups of adults with developmental disabilities. They train volunteers and pay a stipend of $26/day trip.  During the spring/summer/fall they offer volunteer opportunities to lead vacations for groups of 10 adults with developmental disabilities to destinations around the nation for lengths of 3 to 8 days with other leaders from around the world. For those vacation trips, they provide extensive training and a stipend of $35/day     

They do not have a licensed psychologist, social worker or nurse on staff. **Does not meet requirements of the course but is nice clinical experience

More information at                            


TRI – The Recovery Institute

1369 Broadway, New York, NY, 212-268-8830           



Raymond T. Franzem, PhD, 917-538-1199,

Director of Social Services for Education, Director of Internships

Send applications to

It takes up to three weeks to process students and do a background check.


AHRC New York City, a family governed organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. AHRC currently serves over 15,000 individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities.



Internships are available in AHRC-NYC preschools, an elementary school, adult day programs, employment services, recreation, and in residential settings. All internships are unpaid positions.


Interns are expected to be available for the entire school day. Internships for the academic year may begin in any month between September and March. The summer session begins in the first week of July and runs through the second week of August. If you are available earlier, you may begin the summer session earlier. You can work out the number of days that you intern with the principal of the school that you will be interning at.


Due to new state regulations, interns working with school age students must be fingerprinted by the Board of Education. Interns working with preschool students must be fingerprinted by both the Board of Education and Department of Investigations. AHRC cannot cover the cost of fingerprinting. Fingerprinting will be required for jobs that come under the jurisdiction of these systems; teachers, assistant teachers, therapists, counselors, administrators, and clerical staff working in schools and day care programs. Therefore, those who are interested in careers in these fields will need to assume this cost either now or in the future. The cost is approximately $115 for each system.


ADULT DAY SERVICES - contact Raymond Framzem for descriptions of other options, these are most relevant:

Without Walls Program - The outpatient program provides assistance to individuals as they pursue their interests in the community. Interns along with a staff member accompany individuals to museums, art galleries, gyms, or whatever other sites and activities interest them.

Traumatic Brain Injury Programs - TBI programs are similar to traditional day services programs except that they offer a wider range of community activities. People affected by TBI face a number of obstacles as they deal with the realization that they can no longer function as they once did. Assisting people in dealing with frustration and adapting to a different set of skills are the main goals of TBI programs.

Residential Services - The residential department operates group homes for individuals with a wide range of developmental disabilities. When necessary, interns assist the residents with activities of daily living. The interns are involved in all aspects of home life including recreational pursuits and social interaction. The residences operate after 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the day on weekends.


AHRC- NYC operates two summer sleep away camps. One is located in the Catskill Mountains near Hunter Mountain. The other is located on the opposite side of the Hudson River in the Berkshire Mountains. The camps are about two hours from New York City by car. The camps pay $2,300 for the summer. For those who wish to participate in a college course, the camp offers a free six college credit course. The course is taught by professors from NYU and Fordham University. The course provides a foundation for understanding the dynamics of developmental disabilities and practical experience in working with the population during supervised work in the camps.

The camps provide a challenging but rewarding experience. For those who are interested in working with this population, the camps are an excellent place to learn about the range of developmental disability.



Laura Lessa, co-founder,               

51 East 25th St., New York, NY 10010, 212 532 0303

Outpatient Addiction Treatment Services

Internships for substance abuse counselors and social workers. Email resume to Laura Lessa.

They will have projects for interns May- September, 2014.