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 or The Humanology Project. 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 closed. Students will receive email notifications in mid-February with an update on their application status. Any questions can be directed to [email protected].
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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.
Our next University Seminar will be: Effectiveness of the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) in Treating Unhealthy Alcohol Use and Comorbid Mental Health Problems Among People Living with HIV in Zambia: The ZCAP Trial
Wednesday, April 28th, 2021: 10am -11am Eastern Time (New York); 4pm-5pm Central Africa Time (Zambia)
Click here to register in advance. Zoom link will be emailed after registering.
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
The Humanology Project
The Humanology Project aims for a reduction in stigma of mental & neurological illnesses by bridging the gap of knowledge of attitudes. We do so through the translation of peer reviewed literature into understandable articles and through a story-telling platform where patients can share their stories so readers gain a more holistic sense of the person. We envision a more inclusive & understanding world where people with stigmatized illnesses receive the quality of care and treatment they need.
Logos Course: Communicating Mental Health in the Media
This course provides a general introduction to communicating science effectively for the purposes of disseminating mental health information to the public. Students will practice writing about specific illnesses that are commonly misunderstood by the general public in a way that is clear & vivid without diluting the topic. They will also learn how to use communication techniques to connect with patients who deal with stigmatizing disorders. The work done in the course by the students will be continually published online through The Humanology Project.
Sanaya Shikari and Lucy Siegel, both Summer Interns in the Global Mental Health Programs, contributed to the development and completion of this course.
For students interested in taking the Logo course on stigma reduction, please visit the following sites:
- The lectures for the training course can be found here
- The workbook paired with the lectures can be downloaded here
Contact information: For further information on the Logos course on stigma reduction, please contact Neha Kinariwalla at [email protected]