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Applications are being accepted by the following participating SPF-TIG locations and Tribal Organizations:

Prevention Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) established the Prevention Internship in 2011 as a partnership between the Strategic Prevention Framework-Tribal Incentive Grantees (SPF-TIGs), other Tribal organizations and SAMHSA/CSAP’s Prevention Fellowship Program (PFP).

The Prevention Internship, a component of SAMSHA/CSAP’s Prevention Fellowship Program, invites qualified individuals, with strong interest in substance abuse prevention and behavioral health, for a 5-month paid internship program in participating Strategic Prevention Framework Tribal Incentive Grant (SPF TIG) locations and other Tribal Organizations throughout the United States. The PFP is a workforce development program that aims to develop and sustain a well-trained and knowledgeable cadre of prevention professionals who understand and exemplify the principles and best practices of substance abuse prevention. As a component of the PFP, the Prevention Internship aims to develop and expand the workforce of substance abuse prevention professionals who are committed to serving Tribal communities.

Interns are accepted on a location-by-location basis, depending on the individual SPF -TIG sites and Tribal Organizations. Please refer to the list of participating locations that will be accepting interns. Interns will receive a stipend of $15 - 20 per hour and will be required to work 40 hours per week from April 14 – September 12, 2014. They will not be provided with insurance, travel, lodging, per diem allowances, or conference registration reimbursement.

WHO CAN APPLY: Individuals from any State seeking selection into the internship program must meet the following criteria and provide associated documentation:
  1. U.S. citizenship or U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions residency;
  2. At least two (2) years of college from an accredited academic institution (current students who will complete their second year by May 31, 2014 are eligible to apply);
  3. Two letters of recommendation from an academic and/or professional reference;
  4. A detailed essay or paper of no more than two pages on why the candidate should be selected for the internship, and how selection would support his or her career goals (to be completed through the online application); and
  5. Experience in substance abuse prevention and/or behavioral health prevention/promotion.

*Preference will be given to American Indian or Alaskan Native applicants and graduates of Tribal Colleges and Universities.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications will be accepted from eligible candidates from Monday, December 16, 2013, through Friday, March 14, 2014. To apply, complete and submit the online application, which is available at this link.

Applicants will be notified of their selection status on or before Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Selected candidates are expected to begin the Prevention Internship on Monday, April 14, 2014.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please contact the Prevention Fellowship Program at (240) 485-1700, ext. 3287 or by e-mail at

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

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