Psychology Internships

Agency & Contact Information

Agency Name:Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Sonoma State University
Address:1801 East Cotati Ave., Stevenson Hall 1088, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Phone:(707) 664-2153
Supervisor: Rociel Martinez, Psy.D
Fax: (707) 664-2153

Program Description

Mental Health Ambassadors (MHA) Internship Program


To educate and empower MHA to promote mental health on campus through

  1. peer to peer education regarding mental health and social justice issues,
  2. reducing stigma associated with mental health concerns,
  3. recognizing and appropriately referring peers in crisis,
  4. fostering a supportive and caring culture related to issues of mental health and social justice and
  5. promoting campus mental health resources, specifically CAPS.

Internship Description

Position Title: Mental Health Ambassador

Compensation: unpaid (Note: 45 hours = 1 unit of credit for the student)
Internship Length: 2 Semesters
Hours Per Week: 2-3 credits per semester, TBD hrs per week
Population: Adolescents, Adults, Multicultural
Focus: Education, Mental Health, Outreach
Setting: School


Goals of MHA:

  1. make broader community change toward promoting mental health
  2. champion social justice in peer and community groups
  3. reduce stigma related to mental health concerns

Main Activities of MHA

  1. Receive trainings in QPR suicide prevention training, Mental Health First Aide (MHFA), Safe Zone training, diversity training, sexual assault awareness and Bystander Intervention training
  2. Assist in organization and coordination of Mental Health Awareness Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  3. Recognize and refer students in mental health crisis as appropriate
  4. Promote mental health resources, specifically CAPS, through tabling, appropriate referrals, and organizing events
  5. Provide at least two peer to peer educational workshops related to mental health
  6. Complete a Passion Project, which involves researching, creating, and implementing a community education project related to mental health and or social justice.
  7. Qualifications:

    MHA are students who:

    1. believe in the MHA mission
    2. apply to and are accepted to the CAPS Internship
    3. complete required trainings
    4. use their unique strengths and passions to promote mental health and social justice on campus.

    Additional Information:  This internship position is open to outstanding high school seniors, but preferable interns would be college students.  Also, those profoundly interested in psychology and those who are studying psychology in college are highly encouraged to apply.  This position will be unpaid and begins immediately.  It is a great resume booster!

    This internship was updated 04/19/17