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National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Organization Name
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Organization Description
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest organization focused on serious mental illnesses, offers unpaid internships for its Advocacy and Policy Committee. NAMI Metro Houston is a grassroots local mental health support and advocacy organization over 20 years old. At the heart of NAMI's mission is the sharing of information with people with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public. NAMI strives to offer hope, reform and health to our American community through support, education, and advocacy efforts. Research is constantly providing us with new information about the brain and the nature of mental illnesses and, consequently, more effective treatments. Our organization plays a leading role in addressing life in recovery once diagnosed with a brain disorder. Utilizing research-based curricula and best practice strategies, we impact environmental and community norm change through policy advocacy, community education, Consumer engagement, social change marketing, media advocacy and youth empowerment.

Mental Health Advocacy and Policy Intern

Description of Internship
Under the supervision of the Intern Supervisor, students will have the opportunity to work on mental health campaigns targeted at supporting individuals and families living in recovery once diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Students will participate in data collection, entry and analyze, research, evaluation, program planning and development, policy adoption and implementation, media advocacy and community organizing activities. Students will be given opportunities to network with a broad range of community leaders, local school districts, law enforcement, elected officials, public sector staff, concerned residents and other community-based organizations.

Criteria for Interns
Enrolled in a program with a focus on mental health, public administration, government, public policy, psychology, health, education, business or a related major. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience in public speaking
Well organized Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint programs
Professional demeanor

Responsibilities
Participate in extending public information regarding NAMI
Write draft letters-to-the-editor, opinion editorials and newsletter articles
Outreach and conduct educational presentations to schools and community groups
Develop flyers, fact sheets and other community outreach materials
Generate reports
Attend regional and local mental health advocacy meetings, local community meetings, as appropriate
Research, gather and organize data related mental health in the community, as requested

Schedule
Minimum of 4 months, flexible schedule 8-10 hours per week, occasional work on weeknights.

Other Requirements
Valid driver’s license, automobile registration, and insurance and are required.

Compensation
Monthly stipends are not available, but intern will be compensated for any mileage due to assigned responsibilities. Interns will also be given ample opportunities to participate in trainings and conferences and network with executives, elected officials, members of the media, law enforcement and school district representatives.

Contact
Send letter, resume to
NAMI Advocacy and Policy Committee Internships
namimh@namimetrohouston.org.

Information & Referral Specialist

NMH has opened a new resource center, the NAMI S.E.A. Center, which offers ongoing unpaid internships for students of psychology, counseling, human services, psychiatric nursing or any other related field. Interns serve as Information and Referral (I&R) Specialists, assisting individuals and family members affected by serious mental illnesses. I&R Specialists provide emotional support, information about mental illnesses, treatments and recovery, and referral and resource information. Excellent, empathetic communication skills required; training provided.

The S.E.A. Center is open to the public Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m., except National Holidays.   Queries are accepted by telephone, e-mail, or in person during working hours.

Responsibilities will include the following:
Answering call from individuals inquiring about mental health resources
 Respond to email from individuals inquiring about mental health resources
 Follow up on outstanding calls
 Managing library material check out and check in
 Friendly and conversational
 Must be detail oriented, team player and technologically savvy
 Support visitors using online systems
 Intake assessments
 Data entry

Benefits:

     This is an unpaid part-time internship
     Estimated weekly hours are 5-8 hours per week
     Intern will work in the Resource Center
     Opportunities for increased responsibility

Contact
Send letter, resume to
NAMI Resource Center Internships at namimh@namimetrohouston.org.

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