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Service Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Students interested in human services or clinical psychology careers can explore these options through community placements. You can enroll in Psyc 3592, Field Internship, for a community service internship supervised by a psychology professor—Contact Dr. Sharon Lambert, slambert@gwu.edu . You work with an organization like NAMI or a host of other human service organizations, allowing you to appreciate how psychological theory and research inform practice.

Here are just a few of the places where undergraduates interested in mental health services or clinical psychology can get exposure to individuals with mental health concerns or to practitioners who work with mental health issues:

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): undergraduates can work on the call line for individuals with mental illness or family members of individuals with mental illness. https://www.nami.org/

Clinical field research (e.g., interviewing, administering a test battery) at a university and/or a federal agency like NIH; however, even those opportunities are easier to get for someone with a bachelor’s degree who is getting additional experience before applying to grad school.  https://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/volunteers/opportunities.html

Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) - Hospitals may have volunteer opportunities but few have patient care/patient interaction. CNMC in DC has some opportunities for special category volunteers who interact with patients at the hospital for medical procedures. This type of option is best for someone interested in working in a hospital setting.  https://childrensnational.org/giving/get-involved/volunteer

Remote Volunteer Opportunity at MindRight: Mental Health Coaching for Youth over Text Message

Do you want to advance access to mental health support, educational equity, and social justice? Join our fight to make trauma healing services accessible to millions of youth. We're a 501c3 nonprofit on a mission to help youth recover from trauma. We provide mental health coaching over text message. Each day, our coaches work in teams to check in with youth and help them build positive coping skills guided by evidence-based cognitive behavioral practices.* As a coach, you become someone our students can count on. You implement our Empathize-Normalize-Stabilize coaching framework to support youth through their hard times and celebrate them during their good times. Your role is at the core of what we do. Learn more and sign up here: http://getmindright.org/volunteer/

*You do not need a licensure or clinical background to be a coach. We take coaches through 20 hours of training.

Rape Abuse Incest National Network [RAINN]) Sexual assault hotline - interactions with individuals who have experienced or are at risk of assault https://www.rainn.org/

Crisis Link (Northern VA) - answer suicide and crisis prevention hotline calls -  https://prsincvolunteers.applicantpro.com/jobs/410830.html

Violence liaison at Metropolitan Police Department (DC) - This opportunity will allow MPD citizen volunteers to ride along with patrol officers and provide victims of domestic violence with resources and information  https://mpdc.dc.gov/page/domestic-violence-liaison

Life Pieces to Master Pieces (LPTM) through EngageDC - EngageDC operates to “address the needs of an organization, build its capacity and expand its outreach” (engageDC). Student volunteers are required to volunteer 3 to 6 hours a week and attend a volunteer meeting that meets once every two weeks. This year engage DC also offers FWS. Students who qualify for FWS should contact engaged@gwu.edu to obtain the correct form and then apply on Handshake. There will be a community service fair September 12th in the Marvin Center’s Grand Ballroom for students would like to stop by and ask questions about LPTM. Students who are interested in volunteering can apply any time. Students who volunteer with engageDC build leadership skills that will inspire them to delve into other serious issues of social injustices that plague the District of Columbia and, more broadly, the United States.

LPTM is an after-school program for young African American men ages 3 to 14. LPTM students, apprentices, are primarily from District wards 7 and 8. To ensure apprentice safety, LPTM students are bused to Drew Academy, an elementary school that houses LPTM. LPTM creates and ensures an emotionally and physically safe environment that encourages young African American men to activate, develop and express their innate artistic ability. LPTM’s principles of “leadership, spiritual principles, love, language, discipline, meditation, giving and arts” solidify a lasting bond between teachers and students. These principles and bonds encourage apprentices to remain in the program and become mentors. “For the past 7 years, 100% of the seniors in our Saturday Academy program have graduated from high school and continued on to pursue secondary education or career training programs” (Life Pieces to Master Pieces, 2018, August 26). 33 percent reflects the public high school graduation rate in wards 7 and 8.

Once at site, GW volunteers will tutor, scholastically and socially engage with apprentices and affirm the principles of LPTM. GW students who committedly volunteer cultivate relationships with these young men which will ultimately enhance engageDC’s outreach for both individuals. GW students who are also interested in indirect service opportunities and non-profit management should also apply. All students are encouraged to apply.

Students interested in any service opportunities can fill out this interest form.
Students interested in volunteering can apply here.
Students who receive FWS should email engagedc@gwu.edu to obtain the form then apply on Handshake.