Call for MMHPI Summer Internship Applications

February 10, 2017

Dear MMHPI Valued Partner,

We would like to extend an opportunity to you – one of our valued stakeholders – to invite outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in mental health policy to apply for our 2017 Summer Internship Program.

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) launched its inaugural Summer Internship Program in 2015. The broad objective of the program is to provide wide-ranging experience with mental health policy and related issues facing Texans. Opportunities include high-level participation in quality, nonpartisan and objective policy research and development to improve mental health services in Texas.

We consider Interns valuable contributors to our work, and the program seeks to provide broad exposure to every aspect of our mission and vision. We also attempt to personalize the internship experience. This means encouraging each person to choose an area of interest as a focal point of their internship experience. In the past, interns have focused in areas such as smart justice, evaluation, children’s mental health, and communications.

Please consider forwarding this letter to students you recommend for this experience.

The summer internship opportunity, which runs June 5 through August 11, 2017, may be based in Dallas or Austin. Interns receive a stipend for their participation. If students would like to integrate the internship with a practicum or other credit-bearing experience, we will work with them to meet those requirements. We offer a 10-week (40 hours per week) internship period to maximize exposure and professional development. There is some flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs and goals of students.

Students interested in applying should send a signed cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample (personalizing their interest in mental health policy) to the following email address: Students should include in their cover letter any time period during the internship program which they would need to be away on vacation or other personal business.

We plan to begin making offers for the internship positions in early March 2017. Students should submit their application materials by Friday, March 17th, but as early as possible for optimal consideration. Offers will be made on a rolling basis and, depending on the strength of the applicant pool, our plan is to offer up to four positions.

We are very excited to once again be able to offer this program, and look forward to an enriching summer experience with successful candidates.

Thank you,

Andy Keller

President & CEO