Internship Opportunities

A student may earn internship credit (through PSY 391, Internship Experience) for securing and completing successfully a psychology-related workplace experience. Here is a link that outlines the process by which internship experiences are evaluated and approved. Please read carefully the steps required to secure an approved internship experience. Here is a link to the formal internship application form that needs to be filled out by the student and signed by the faculty supervisor and site supervisor. 

Note that to earn credit for an internship in Psychology, the experience must be related to Psychology in some way. As explained in the document, a student must work with a psychology faculty member to ensure that the experience is suitable for psychology credit. 

Faculty members willing to discuss potential internship experiences, and their general areas of expertise, are listed below:

  • Dr. Liz Goncy: Assistant Professor and licensed Clinical Psychologist interested in the healthy well-being of adolescents and young adults. She studies ways to promote adolescent development and prevent adolescent and young adult problems with dating abuse, substance abuse, and psychopathology.
  • Dr. Michael Horvath: Associate Professor, Associate Chair, and specialist in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. His interests center on work-nonwork balance, religiosity in the workplace, and job-seeking behaviors and cognition
  • Dr. Colleen McMahon: Associate Professor and licensed Psychologist with expertise in School Psychology interested in school-based assessment and treatment of student learning and behavior problems and parent management of child behavior problems.
  • Dr. Shereen Naser: Assistant Professor and licensed School Psychologist interested in how schools respond and support students with behavioral issues. She is particularly interested in how schools support students who are culturally and linguistically diverse.
  • Dr. Fred Smith: Professor and Experimental Psychologist who is interested in health survey methods. He collaborates with nutritionists and dietary science experts on how to improve methods to collect accurate data regarding children's dietary intake.

Ongoing MetroHealth Partnership

MetroHealth, in partnership with Cleveland State University, has launched an internship opportunity that allows students to gain clinical exposure in an inpatient and outpatient behavioral health hospital setting. Enrolled students in the course will complete 10 hours per week on-site, across multiple locations throughout the MetroHealth System. Student will participate alongside teams of psychologists, behavioral specialists, psychology trainees and counselors, while working collaboratively with psychiatrists, nurses, social workers and therapists and observing their interactions in clinical care. This course is for one semester and is non-paid. Reliable transportation and COVID-19 vaccine required. 

Please reach out to internship coordintor, Dr. Rob Hurley for details about the upcoming semester: 

Accepting Rolling Submissions for NAMI Greater Cleveland Internship

Do you have a passion for raising mental health awareness? Are you someone who wants to be part of a national movement to support people with mental illness, provide education and resources, and eliminate stigma everywhere? NAMI Greater Cleveland is happy to offer internships in the areas of Helpline, Communications, and Marketing & Development.

Our internship opportunities are unpaid and are available to rising juniors and seniors enrolled in accredited four-year university programs, as well as graduate students. For Marketing & Development and Technology Production, full fall/spring academic year internships are preferred, but single semester internships will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. For the Helpline, full fall/spring academic year internships are required. Our Helpline and Volunteer Coordinator is also equipped to provide clinical supervision to bachelor’s level social work students serving as Helpline interns. We require a minimum of 8+ hours of work weekly from all our interns.

NAMI Greater Cleveland internships allow you the opportunity to build professional relationships in the nonprofit mental health field to strengthen your chances of finding employment upon graduation. We are always looking for creative individuals who are passionate about mental health advocacy and eager to put their unique stamp on more relevant and innovative programming.

See below for brief descriptions of the responsibilities of each of our internship opportunities. Complete the form below to apply for an internship with NAMI Greater Cleveland. For any additional questions, please contact Melissa Cocchi, Helpline and Volunteer Coordinator, at

(Updated April 2024)

Helpline Intern responsibilities include:

  • respectfully and effectively respond to calls, emails and live chat inquiries to NAMI Greater Cleveland Helpline service, in accordance with the NAMI Helpline model
  • maintain the privacy of people who contact the Helpline by keeping their sensitive, private and personal information confidential
  • intervene immediately and appropriately when there is a danger of harm to a Helpline caller or others.
  • complete data collection and recordkeeping tasks in an accurate, timely manner.
  • maintain a high level of energy and enthusiasm for NAMI and NAMI Greater Cleveland’s mission and purpose
  • conduct volunteer work in a manner that is aligned with NAMI Greater Cleveland’s mission and consistent with the organization’s policies
  • demonstrate a positive, professional demeanor with NAMI Greater Cleveland community partners, staff, and other volunteers at all times
  • respect, relate to and represent the interests of persons with mental illness and their family members 

Communications Intern responsibilities include:

  • create social media posts and other promotional materials for NAMI Greater Cleveland events and programming
  • develop outreach lists for promotion of NAMI Greater Cleveland events
  • provide support at NAMI Greater Cleveland in-person events as needed
  • research topics and assist staff in the development of relevant stories using a variety of sources to be shared on NAMI Greater Cleveland’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn
  • produce and edit video, podcasts, and live stream content that adheres to NAMI Greater Cleveland’s guidelines and standards; share content on our online channels, including social media and YouTube
  • communicate with writers, directors, coordinators and other members of staff to ensure the smooth running of projects
  • provide assistance in all components of production for virtual programming including moderating and managing the technological aspects of presentations (e.g., announce guests, oversee chat box, Q&A, post-presentation materials, poll management)
  • assist program facilitators and participants by handling technical issues as they arise
  • assist with the development of online surveys for various departmental needs

Marketing & Development Intern responsibilities include:

  • help develop content and graphics to be shared on NAMI Greater Cleveland’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn
  • provide assistance writing and editing articles for quarterly newsletter, monthly e-newsletter and annual reports
  • assist with general aspects of organizing NAMI GC’s Membership/Volunteer Appreciation event, Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, and NAMIWalks
  • meet weekly with Special Events and Development Coordinator and contribute to event planning and social media program planning


This is an unpaid position. There is opportunity for school credit if allowed by the college/university of applicant. Position offers an excellent opportunity to work on substantive projects and can result in a great reference.


  • At NAMI, we believe a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization (or Alliance) is one where all volunteers, employees, and members — regardless of gender, race, gender identity, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, education, disability, veteran status or other dimension of diversity — feel valued and respected.
  • We are committed to providing informed, authentic leadership for cultural equity and modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire NAMI alliance.
  • We expect all of our interns to embrace this notion and to express it in program interactions and through everyday practice.
  • We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and to providing equal opportunity for internships in all programs & worksites.

Please use this link to apply:

Feel free to contact the Department of Psychology Internship Coordinator, Dr. Rob Hurley at with any general or specific internship inquiries.