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SAMHSA/CSAP Prevention Fellowship Program

2016 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) is accepting applications for the 2016 Prevention Internship Program for Tribes and Tribal Organizations.

The Prevention Internship Program, a component of SAMSHA/CSAP's Prevention Fellowship Program, invites qualified individuals, with strong interest in substance abuse prevention and behavioral health, for a 10-week paid internship program in participating Tribal Organizations throughout the United States. Since 2011, the Prevention Internship Program prepares interns to provide capacity-building Technical Assistance (TA) to support integration of behavioral health prevention services within tribal organization systems. Interns will benefit from hands-on experience and trainings in competency areas such as behavioral health prevention, the Strategic Prevention Framework, workforce development, and evaluation. Interns will also learn new techniques, master best practices in the field, and apply knowledge gained from their professional and cultural experiences.

Interns are accepted on a location-by-location basis. 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 June 1 – August 5, 2016.


Applications will be accepted from eligible candidates beginning on Monday, February 1, 2016. To apply, complete and submit the online application no later than Friday, April 29, 2016. The online application is available here.

Selected candidates are expected to begin the Prevention Internship Program Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their selection status on or before Friday, May 13, 2016. MORE


Individuals seeking selection into the internship program must meet the following criteria and provide associated documentation:

U.S. citizenship or U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions residency;
At least two (2) years of study (or 60 credit hours) from an accredited academic institution, with an emphasis in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas. In addition, students currently enrolled at a community college and who will earn their Associate Degree in public health, behavioral health, clinical or social science areas by May 31, 2015, are also eligible to apply;
Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references;
A detailed essay (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 on the intern application); and
Experience in substance abuse prevention and/or behavioral health prevention/promotion.
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Where to Apply

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (Anchorage, AK)
Cherokee National Behavioral Health Prevention (Tahlequah, OK)
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (Anchorage, AK)
Dena Nena Hanesh Tanana Chiefs Conference (Fairbanks, AK)
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (Cass Lake, MN)
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Harbor Springs, MI)
Native American Health Center (Oakland, CA)
Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (Oklahoma City, OK)
Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council (Billings, MT)

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