Mentored Internship Program (MIP)

Funded by Opioid Settlement Funds, the Mentored Internship Program (MIP) project was established in 2022 in response to a variety of California-specific behavioral health workforce needs assessments and recommendations that showed a shortage of professionals across the spectrum of behavioral health careers.

The MIP project provides opportunities for students 18 and older and at multiple stages of their education to gain practical on-the-job experience. The goal of the MIP project is to enhance the professional development of diverse students through thoughtful mentored internships and to grow the future BH workforce.

The MIP grant funds California nonprofit behavioral health (BH) provider organizations, tribal organizations, and county-operated providers that deliver BH services (substance use disorder [SUD] treatment, mental health [MH] or co-occurring disorder programming) to adolescents, adults, or families. The project prioritizes organizations working in underserved and diverse communities.

Interns must work a minimum of 10 hours per week and a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year, or 40 hours per week during summer. Compensation rates vary by educational level and are listed below:

  • Pre-bachelors student interns (high school students/graduates and community college students): $16/hr.

  • Undergraduate/bachelors students: $20/hr.

  • Graduate students: $23/hr. 

  • Interns are assumed to be contract employees who do not qualify for benefits, though this may vary by organization.

  • Interns do not need to be accepted to the Social Work program at Cal Poly Humboldt to qualify for this opportunity. 

Community Partners

  • Humboldt County Mental Health Branch, DHHS

  • United Indian Health Services (Humboldt)

  • Open Door Community Health Clinic (Humboldt)

  • Mendocino County Behavioral Health & Recovery Services

  • Redwood Community Services (Mendocino County)



For questions or for more information, please contact:
Jamie Jensen, MSW, PhD
MIP Project Coordinator 

Phone: 707.826.4567
Office: Behavioral and Social Sciences 546