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Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) Internship Program

Who Should Apply: Psychology doctoral candidates, MFT, and MSW students.
Location: In Civil Service Clinics and throughout our System of Care.
When to Apply: February or March for most internships
Program begins:  Most run September through June, some summer internships available.

CBHS offers comprehensive behavioral health services to San Francisco residents experiencing serious mental illness.  Internships are with our Adult/Older Adult and Children's Civil Service Clinics; and throughout our systems of care.  Along with required supervision hours, trainees/interns have weekly didactic seminars, clinical case consultations and in-service trainings.  Some examples of past trainings are Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Attachment Theory, Motivational Interviewing, and Suicide Assessment. 

Jail Health Services Behavioral Health Internship

Who Should Apply:  Psychology doctoral candidates, MFT, and MSW students
Location: San Francisco City & County Jails
When to Apply:  February 2015 for PhD/PsyD students, March 2015 for Master's level students
Program begins: September, 2015
Contact details: Email

Since 1973 Jail Health Services/Behavioral Health Services’ multi-disciplinary staff has provided a full spectrum of psychiatric treatment to inmates in the San Francisco County Jail. These services include evaluation and assessment, crisis intervention, individual and group therapy, medication management, court ordered evaluations and comprehensive re-entry planning. Students will be involved in the delivery of these services and provided with required supervision hours, weekly didactics and administrative meetings, and training opportunities.

Internships at SF General Hospital - LEARN MORE

Who Should Apply: Students in health related academic programs
Location: San Francisco General Hospital
When to Apply:  Ongoing
Program begins: Ongoing

San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) is happy to provide opportunities for students from academic programs to receive clinical or job-related experiences. Responsibility for the care of patients assigned to students and work projects is retained by the department where the student is placed on the SFGH campus or affiliated program sites. A student placement does not apply to the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) medical students enrolled in clerkships or classes. Whether you are a student, school faculty, or potential SFGH preceptor, please look at the website to figure out how to begin. Thank you for your interest in SFGH.

Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program (SHARP) - LEARN MORE

Who Should Apply: Undergraduate students from communities that are generally underrepresented in the field of research
Location: Downtown San Francisco
When to Apply: February 2015
Program begins:  June 2015

SHARP (Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program) is a 12-week summer program organized around a research project, networking with other students and young investigators, and seminars and workshops led by internationally recognized experts on HIV prevention and treatment. The program is targeted toward undergraduate students from communities that are generally underrepresented in the field of research, including African Americans, Latinos and Latinas, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders, as well as students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with disabilities. LGBT-identified students are also strongly encouraged to apply. The application window for this program is typically mid-January through mid-February, and 5-6 exceptional scholars are selected for participation each year.

Intern with the Office of Policy and Planning - LEARN MORE

Who Should Apply: Current students of Public Health or Policy, Social Ecology, Political Science and related fields
Location: Downtown San Francisco
When to Apply: February 2015
Program begins: Summer 2015

The Office of Policy and Planning conducts strategic planning to guide the work of the Department of Public Health. As an integral part of its role, the OPP supports and promotes data resources to inform the Department's program planning, development, and monitoring. Interns get an insider's view of departmental planning and help shape the important policies that keep San Francisco healthy.

Coming Soon: Technical Internship Program

The Information Technology Division at the Department of Public Health is currently forming an internship program to train candidates in fields such as:

  • IT Customer/Technical Support
  • Network Engineering
  • Security Services
  • Business Analysis
  • Program Analysis
  • Business Services