Bridging the Divide: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Behavioral Healthcare
Internship

Purpose


Seeking behavioral health treatment is a courageous decision. Research shows that people are more likely to report positive experiences in treatment when they share the race, ethnicity or gender of their provider. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ individuals, and people with disabilities are underrepresented as mental health consumers (patients/clients) and providers (professionals). 

The Mental Health Association of Rhode Island (MHARI) aims to increase the availability of culturally and linguistically competent mental health providers in Rhode Island. This program aims to award scholarships and internships to Rhode Island College graduate students from diverse backgrounds in the School of Social Work and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Supporting today’s students will diversify tomorrow's mental health professionals, thus increasing access to treatment and services for under-represented groups. 

 

Internships

Each year, one social work graduate student and one mental health counseling graduate student will be selected for a $7,500 internship stipend. The award is calculated at $15 per hour for a total of 50 hours. 

 

Eligibility

  • Be a United States citizen, DACA Student, National, or hold an immigration visa. Persons with a temporary or student visa are not eligible.
  • Be enrolled in full-time or part-time Master-level studies in the School of Social Work or Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Rhode Island College
  • May not have tuition reimbursement from an employer
  • Must be on a clinical track, not policy or administration
  • Recommended  3.0 GPA or above
  • Have applied for FAFSA unless you are a DACA student. You will need to submit your one-page FAFSA summary.  DACA students may submit a 1040 Tax Form instead if they have one.

 

Must fall into  one or more of the groups below:


  • People who come from minority racial or ethnic groups (example: Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
  • Speakers of English as a Second Language
  • LGBQT Individuals
  • Person with a disability

A complete application consists of:

  • online application form
  • 2 recommendations from current or previous supervisors or instructors. Recommendations may not be from friends or family members.  We will need contact information for each one.
  • Your response to the essay question is submitted in a Word document or PDF or youtube video
  • Academic transcript
  • Financial documentation


Deadline to Apply  
August 1st to apply for a scholarship


After submitting an application, the applicant will receive an email confirmation from the DEI Program Manager of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island. Applications will be forwarded to the Review Committee, which is composed of RIC faculty, MHARI staff, and Members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Council.  The Review Committee will notify all applicants within 60 days of the deadline.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Where did receive your High School Diploma or GED?

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* 3. What Degree have you completed?

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* 4. What is your current Degree Program?

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* 5. Are you a Part-time or Full-Time Student?

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* 6. Credits completed towards degree

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* 7. Remaining credits needed for degree completion

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* 8. Date of admission to the program 

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* 9. Expected date of graduation?

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* 10. Cumulative GPA

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* 11. Upload Academic Transcripts

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