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Mental Health Program

  • Mental Health Program interns are exposed to a variety of projects including program initiatives such as the Georgia Mental Health Forum or the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.


The Carter Center's Mental Health Program (MHP) frames its work in three core program areas: Global Health, Media, and Public Policy. The three core program areas work cross-programmatically within the MHP to capitalize on the expertise developed over three decades in stigma reduction and mental health policy.

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.

Number of Interns per Semester: 1-2

Expected Projects

  • Assist with project monitoring and evaluation efforts including data analysis
  • Assist with logistical planning for large scale events including the Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum and the Annual Training Meeting for The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
  • Assist with policy briefing materials on mental health issues including parity, child and adolescent mental health issues, school-based behavioral health and system delivery
  • Assist staff with letters of correspondence and meeting minutes
  • Assist in the compilation of comprehensive literature reviews and background research
  • Development of PowerPoint presentations in conjunction with staff for them to present during conferences, lectures, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in issues surrounding mental health
  • Coursework/fieldwork in psychology, public health, medicine, public policy, social work, or a related area
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong critical thinker
  • Highly collaborative
  • Self-starter

Interested in applying for an internship in the Center's Mental Health Program? View application deadlines »

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Internship Deadlines

Summer 2022
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Start date: May 17, 2022 (flexible)

Fall 2022
Deadline: June 15, 2022
Start date: August 23, 2022

Spring 2023
Deadline: October 15, 2022
Start date: January 10, 2023

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