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Intern, Mental Health First Aid – Program Operations
Title:Intern, Mental Health First Aid – Program Operations
Department:Mental Health First Aid
Location:Washington, DC or Remote
Organizational Overview
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 3,400 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2.5 million Americans have been trained.

The National Council is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Intern, will work directly with the Director, Program Operations to support research and other activities in support of the National Council’s premier public education program, Mental Health First Aid. This position assists in the day-to-day operations of the Departments within the framework of the National Council's policy goals, priorities, and annual organizational work plan.

Primary responsibilities include:
  • Outreach and support to law enforcement and university organizations regarding MHFA teaching opportunities.
  • Planning and coordinating law enforcement and university engagement opportunities.
  • Supporting the creation of regular and marketing communications to focus organizations.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities organized for interns, such as virtual meet-ups with organizational leadership, journal club, peer networking, and other professional development opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
In order to be eligible to apply, applicants must demonstrate strong analytical, writing, research and phone skills.

Interested individuals must have basic knowledge in at least one of the following areas:
  • Mental illnesses and addictions.
  • Law enforcement and/or higher education student support
  • Communications and operations support.

Required Qualifications
The National Council welcomes applicants with the following profiles:
  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least two years of study by the start of the internship and have relevant education and work experience in a related field.
  • Recent undergraduates who have completed an undergraduate degree within 6 months of the internship start date.
  • Graduate students or individuals who have recently completed their graduate education (in the past year) with an interest in the internship duties and experience in the required areas.

National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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