Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Global Mental Health


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About The Program

There are a number of ways for undergraduate students to engage with global mental health at Columbia University, including attending University Seminars, supporting research projects with relevant faculty, participating in the Global Mental Health Summer Internship, or writing for the Young Minds for Mental Health blog. For more information on how to get involved, please reach out to [email protected].

Undergraduate Summer Internship Program

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health hosts a competitive summer internship for rising senior undergraduates interested in the growing field of global mental health. Students will be exposed to a wide range of didactic seminars and experiential learning opportunities, will be mentored by 1-3 departmental faculty focused on various global mental health initiatives, and will gain extensive exposure for networking and shadowing within the healthcare research environment. The summer internship runs for 8 weeks, with students working 4 days a week with the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health.

The 2021 summer internship is planned to be completely remote/virtual with no requirement to travel to Columbia University. If public health recommendations permit, there is potential for a brief three-day, in-person program in which interns will have a choice to participate in person or remotely based on preference and access.

The application for Summer 2021 is now open. 

Any questions can be directed to [email protected].

2020 Summer Management Intern

2020 Summer Interns

2019 Summer Interns

2018 Summer Interns

2017 Summer Interns

Director of Summer Internship Program

Columbia Student Opportunities During the School Year

During the school year, Columbia University Seminars on Global Mental Health invites Columbia and external professors to speak about their work in the global mental health field.

All upcoming University Seminars and other relevant events can be viewed on the “Calendar” page.

Students can subscribe here to receive email reminders for upcoming Seminars.


Young Minds for Mental Health

Young Minds for Mental Health is a coalition of college students striving to raise awareness and reduce stigma through conversation. They write weekly blog posts that are insightful, informative pieces about mental health to initiate dialogue, promote awareness, and give a voice to young people that empowers them to speak up in their own local communities, especially on college campuses.

Founded by high-school friends, Julia Pike-Forster and Sara Wetzler, who are juniors at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard College respectively, YMFMH brings together fellow college students to engage people to talk about mental health, educate the public on the importance of mental health as a critical and pervasive issue, and empower young advocates to speak up and take action. Although more and more young people are opening up and sharing their personal stories (which is truly incredible), oftentimes, college students are not involved in the discussion about the mental health field in general. Young Minds is a platform for students to share their personal stories, as well as comment on the culture on their college campuses and how mental health gets dealt with in college, on social media, and in conversations among peers.

Young Minds for Mental Health recognizes how important mental health is, and through these blog posts hope to give young people power to help make a change in their local communities. Check out the work of Young Minds for Mental Health at: https://youngmindsformentalhealth.com