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 Student Research Group meetings and 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 application for Summer 2020 is now available and will be due on February 14, 2020 at 5 pm EST. Please click here to access the online application form.  Any questions can be directed to [email protected].


2019 Summer Interns


2018 Summer Interns


2017 Summer Interns


Columbia Student Opportunities During the School Year

Once a month during the school year, the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health hosts a periodic Student Research Group Meeting at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Student Research Group Meetings allow interested students to learn about the ongoing global mental health work at the center. In addition, Global Mental Health University Seminars host Columbia and external professors to speak about their work in the global mental health field.  All upcoming University Seminars and Student Research Group Meetings can be viewed on the “Calendar” page.


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.

Too often people, especially college students, refuse to seek help if they are struggling, or are afraid to talk to their friends and acknowledge that they may not be well. Young Minds for Mental Health works to de-stigmatize mental illness, lets students know that it is okay to not be okay and that they are not alone, and that they are able to get help if they need it. Moreover, if their own environments do not promote mental wellness, students could be encouraged to start conversations and change their local communities to acknowledge the importance of mental health and how they can do something about it.

Mental wellbeing is fundamental to overall wellbeing. There is no health without mental health. College is a time where adolescents are growing up and it oftentimes sets the tone for adult life. In fact, it is during the college years that many mental illnesses have their initial onset. It is crucial that people understand the importance of mental health so that they can take care of themselves for the rest of their lives, which will not only contribute to their overall happiness, but will help them improve their work life, social life, and personal wellbeing. As such, 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/ and contact us if you are interested in writing for the blog.