National Alliance on Mental Illness Research Opportunity

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Metro Detroit chapter. Currently, in the process of creating a NAMI on Campus-OU. In order to be officially recognized by NAMI, they need to have one faculty advisor and five student officers/board members. They also need to approval by our local affiliate (NAMI Metro Detroit) and the NAMI state office. As of now, they have four students interested in being on the board, and they have Kim Byrd as their faculty advisor. NAMI Metro has approved of our plan to get NAMI on Campus-OU, and currently awaiting an email back from the state office.   

Below is the link to where you can find all information about the NAMI Metro Detroit Chapter.

OUCARES Opportunities

OUCARES offers over 100 outreach programs or events per year & we provide services for over 2300 individuals with Autism, their families or educators/human services workers.  Many opportunities for students to gain valuable experience working with individuals & families.  We also have a help wanted section on our website you may want to promote with your group.  These are typically ads from parents/caregivers seeking assistance for their children.  More opportunities to gain valuable experiences.  Here is the link to our help wanted ads:   https://www.oakland.edu/oucares/community-support/help-and-services/


TIER Program

Dr. Roberto Rinaldi is interested in including psychology students in facilitating his TIER program for positive youth development.

Dr. Rinaldi and Dr. Farr at OUWB have proposed the implementation of the Transforming Identity Empowerment and Resilience (TIER) program, an evidence-based community-based psychosocial program that focuses on positive youth development in the alternative program at Avondale Schools. The TIER is implemented as a selective/indicated youth development program that targets multi-problem at risk youth in alternative high schools. The TIER, integrated into the ongoing flow of the school's regular activities, provides on-site manualized group (peer run - facilitator led) program to create contexts that empower adolescents to transform basic features of their sense of self and identity by taking responsibility for their lives and their communities while exploring "who they are".

In addition, the community/university collaborative framework for this program allows for the participation of university students. Specifically, the program can provide an opportunity for:


·      Undergraduate psychology students to interact with an at-risk population

·      Undergraduate psychology students to gain applied experience in the administration of quantitative and qualitative measures

·      Student research projects (capstone, undergraduate thesis, etc.)

·      Student research experience (data collection, analysis, etc.)

To contact Dr. Rinaldi, email him @ rinaldi@oakland.edu or call his office @ 248-370-3679


Psychology Internship - The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County

The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer County is looking for psychology interns who are interested in working in a Clinical Community Counseling setting. Our organization works with children and families who have suffered abuse and/or witness to trauma. We work with law enforcement and CPS to help victims through the investigation process. One major source of trauma to children throughout the process is the number of times a child is questioned and the length of time taken by the multiple investigations being conducted. We work to reduce any further trauma by providing a central location for all team members involved and providing a non-threatening environment for the child.

It is important that all prospective interns understand this is an unpaid position, but offers an incredible opportunity to work with a specialized population. The experience will include a combination of observation and direct work with clients and family members suffering from trauma related to child sexual abuse, other child abuses and neglect, and witness to violent crimes (including homicide and accidental death, grief and loss). The trauma experienced can be very complex and challenging, yet very rewarding.

This internship places a high-priority on supervision and it is critical for interns to be open and honest with their supervisor about their feelings and reactions to what they see and/or hear throughout the day. They must also be emotionally stable and have a desire to work using trauma-focused interventions. Self-care is an absolute necessity.

Lapeer CAC will provide training and supervision for interns to participate in and observe the following:

  • Observe and participate in therapeutic group activities
  • Conduct crisis counseling, with supervision
  • Sit-in for observation during parent/child intake assessments
  • Advocate for and provide support to children and families
  • Spend time with the multi-disciplinary team members (County Prosecutors, Child Protective Services, Law Enforcement)
  • Experience and observe the forensic interview process
  • Make follow-up phone calls to check in with our families

This internship helps to further develop the counseling student as competent counselor and enhance the following skills, including but not limited to:

  • Clinical documentation
  • Treatment Planning
  • Diagnostic Formulation
  • Providing case management services
  • Conducting crisis counseling
  • Providing court preparation
  • Case conference abilities

It is important to note your client interaction can include children as young as three years old to adults and caregivers of all ages. There can be no guarantee an intern will work with just children or just adults; flexibility to work with all ages is a requirement.

We are looking for someone who can commit to at least 10-12 hours each week, or a full 8-hour day, Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. We can discuss flexible scheduling, if needed. If you are interested in this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Lauren Broihan at lauren@caclapeer.org.


GoEco Volunteer & Internships

GoEco invites students and faculty to participate in our psychology internships and volunteer projects abroad.

These opportunities include…

Empowering Women in Kathmandu:


 This project aims to empower marginalized Nepalese women to achieve self-reliance through learning activities, creative workshops and vocational training. Other initiatives include spreading awareness among young girls about their rights, and language training as well. By joining this program, you will work directly with women and girls to improve their feeling of self-worth and empowerment.

Social Work Internships:

Costa Rica

This internship provides students with the practical and professional experience needed for a career in social work. It offers a wide variety of immersive placement opportunities focusing on the field's many aspects, from community development to child welfare.

Teach Children and Surf:

South Africa

Cape Town's disadvantaged areas host numerous at-risk young people due to economic and social disparity. This surf and adventure club conducts outreach to keep kids off the streets and teach them about teamwork, leadership and other life lessons.

Creating Safe Spaces for At-Risk Youth:


This school focuses on the rehabilitation of at-risk youth through special projects that teach responsibility and safe self-expression. You will assist in creating and maintaining the safe spaces that these students can learn in.


North Star Reach Volunteer Openings

"Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child with a serious health challenge? Do you want to make a difference in your own life?  Spending one week of your summer at North Star Reach will do both! North Star Reach is a brand new camp for kids with serious health challenges. This summer we will serve children with Sickle Cell Anemia, solid organ transplants, congenital heart defects, hematological disorders and other condition groups. Are you ready for the best week of your summer?  To apply to volunteer at North Star Reach and make a difference in the life of a child with a serious health challenge (and in your life as well) visitwww.northstarreach.org/volunteer. If you have questions feel free to reach out to Meiko McDaniel, our Volunteer Coordinator, atmeiko@northstarreach.org."


Novel Responses Part-Time Positions

"Novel Responses has been providing ABA therapy for children on the autism spectrum for over 14 years.  We have currently had a huge increase in clients in the Ann Arbor/ Detroit area and are seeking to hire part time employees.  Generally our part time employees work 8 - 15 hours a week - and we work around their college schedule, understanding that it changes each semester."

To apply, forward a copy of your coverletter and resume to client.services@novelresponses.com.


Medlife Volunteer Opportunities

MEDLIFE works with these families in developing countries to improve their access to MEDS: Medicine, Education and community Development. This is achieved through heavy student involvement as they travel with us to to the most remote and impoverished areas of Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Tanzania and India.


Our work depends on the dedication of our volunteers who assist local doctors and nurses in mobile clinics, participate in culturally sensitive education programs and work on community focused development projects. MEDLIFE volunteers have a direct and tangible impact on the communities we serve, while also contributing to a larger, sustainable solution.


To learn more or apply --> cmundiath@medlifeweb.org


Wayne State - Infant Mental Health Program

The Infant Mental Health Dual-Title program is a multi-disciplinary specialization offered to graduate students in Social Work, Nursing, Psychology, and Early Childhood Education.  The program is designed to offer these students an academic focus on research, assessment and intervention used with at-risk infants, toddlers and families.  It is weaved into their "home" graduate programs through coursework, as well as their major milestones, such as dissertation or field placements.


You can also find more information on their website at: http://mpsi.wayne.edu/training/infant-health.php


Stats Tutors Needed

Dr. Williams is looking for students savvy in statistics to tutor PSY 251 students. Interested?

Email Dr. Williams [william9@oakland.edu] for more information.

Psi Chi Class Liaison

Contact our Communications Officer via e-mail if you are interested in becoming a liaison. 

Volunteering with OUCARES

OUCARES integrates academic course work, knowledge and research with hands-on work in the community to prepare professionals to be leaders in the autism community. Oakland University provides supportive individual and family programs. OUCARES invites students to support individuals with Autism. They provide weekly volunteer programs both during the year and two summer day camps as well. Special event involvement and individual or business donations are other ways to become apart of OUCARES.

For more information about this genuine opportunity please contact Karin Chandler at oucares@oakland.edu.

Volunteer Opportunity with the OU Counseling Center

The director of the OU Counseling Center is looking for Psychology majors who would like the opportunity to get volunteer experience. At the Counseling Center, they offer a variety of screenings and workshops throughtout the year and are always looking for motivated students to help them out. In exchange they have offered to train students on their screening instruments and answer any other questions you may have.

Hospices of Henry Ford Volunteers Opportunity

Hospices of Henry Ford is seeking volunteers who want to make a positive contributino to people in need. Volunteers are needed to offer companionship and family support for loved ones who are terminally ill in the patient's home, nursing home facilities or in the hospital.

Opportunities are available throughout southeast Michigan to help with the adult and pediatric hospice programs, the hospice residence as well as SandCastles, a grief support program for children and their families. Flexible schedules are provided.

For further information please contact Christella Hamilton at 1(248) 721-3284 (cell) or 1(800) 492-9909 (office) or visit their website.

ScribeAmerica Seeking Students in Medical Fields

ScribeAmerica is a company that hires and trains scribes for Physicians. There are opportunities available for students to be trained and work for The South Bend Clinic, Beacon Health, Elkhart Emergency Department, and the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Emergency Department. Scribes will be responsible for assisting with patient documentation evaluated by a doctor. This is a particularly good chance for students with a desire to enter medical school or clinical psychology.

View this video for more information.

Youth Villages Volunteers

Numerous volunteer opportunities are available in coordination with Youth Villages.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students in a broad spectrum of HS-STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant Research Areas.

Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

10-week research experiences are offered at:  Coast Guard Research and Development Center ● Customs and Borders Protection ● Engineer Research and Development Center ● Federal Emergency Management Agency ● Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health Service Corps ●  National Security Technologies ● National Urban Security Technology Laboratory ● Naval Research Laboratory ● Office for Interoperabilty and Compatibility ● Transportation Security Laboratory ● DOE National Laboratories: Argonne, Berkeley, Idaho, Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: December 7, 2016, 11:59PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at


Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at


For questions please email us at dhsed@orau.org.


Experiential Learning Programs

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our 2017 Experiential Learning Programs in Cape Town, South Africa and Jamaica. We are offering a variety of 2 and 4-week volunteer programs and internships next summer.

As an OHS Volunteer/Intern you will:

  • Gain international experience for graduate school and employment.
  • Develop skills in international communication, mentorship and community outreach.
  • Mentor students to achieve academic growth and cultivate lasting relationships.
  • Immerse yourself in local communities and broaden your global perspective.
  • Collaborate with groups of university students from around the world.

 Apply here for our Volunteer Programs: 2017 Application
Next Application Deadline: November 11, 2016
Learn more about our Programs here.

*For numerous other volunteer opportunities in your area, visit the Oakland University Volunteer page.