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Preprofessional Opportunities

The Carter Center Mental Health Internship


Category: Summer
Location: Atlanta Georgia
Deadline: Early March


Laura Castelli

Educational Programs
The Carter Center
One Copenhill
453 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30307 
Fax: (404) 420-5196

(404) 420-5179


Candidates who have completed at least two years of study, recent graduates (graduated within 24 months of the internship start date), and graduate/professional students are eligible. For example, a qualified candidate within the United States will have a minimum of 60 credit hours earned toward a bachelor's degree at the start of the internship. There is no age limit.


The Carter Center's Mental Health Program promotes policies and practices that advance the prevention of mental illnesses and lead to improved mental health and social functioning both domestically and internationally. The program's main goals are to:

  • Reduce stigma and discrimination against people with mental illnesses
  • Promote the equitable treatment of mental illnesses
  • Improve services for people with mental illnesses locally, nationally, and globally

The work of the program is guided by the Mental Health Task Force, which is chaired by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Mrs. Carter has been a driving force in the field of mental health throughout her career. Similar to other programs at The Carter Center, the Mental Health Program achieves its goals by networking and partnering with other organizations, including journalists, governments, and other nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations. Specific projects that address these priorities vary as opportunities arise, but may include planning program initiatives such as the Georgia Mental Health Forum or the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.


Number of Interns per Semester/Summer: 3


Applicant Preferences:

  • Interest in healthcare issues, specifically mental healthcare
  • Coursework/fieldwork in psychology, public health, medicine, public policy, social work, or a related area
  • Strong writing and critical analysis skills


Typical Projects:

  • Research and develop PowerPoint presentations for the director's frequent lectures and keynote presentations
  • Assist with all aspects of planning for program initiatives, such as the annual symposium, Georgia Mental Health Forum, Liberia program review, and Journalism Fellowship meeting
  • Assist with coordination of program special public events
  • Keep staff up to date on current mental health issues (parity, returning veterans' issues, children's issues, etc.)