Intern, Government Relations & Advocacy

The Government Relations & Advocacy Division includes peer support programs, benefits assistance, and advocacy at the city, county, and state levels for people affected by mental illness. Interns will learn about how people and communities are affected by mental illness, Pennsylvania's mental health systems, the interaction of public and private support, and different methods and concepts of advocacy. This is a great opportunity for someone considering a career in mental health or public administration.


  • Mentorship, including career & professional development coaching 
  • Flexible schedule. Most internship hours can be completed remotely and outside of regular business hours.
  • Colleges may provide funding and/or academic credit for enrolled students.
    • Applicants are responsible for researching and securing their own funding and/or academic credit. Applicants must advise MHP of the student and placement requirements for such programs in advance of or at their interview.

Projects & Activities To Complete 

  • Semester-long research or service learning project designed in conjunction with supervisor that includes:
    • Progress reports during weekly check-in
    • Written report with citations
    • Written list of related community, regional, or national resources
    • Presentation
  • Shadow days or interviews with each GR&A team member 
  • Glossary of PA mental health systems- the acronyms, the orgs, the common terms, the funding and benefit sources
  • Observation projects: sitting in on trainings and hearings to learn about advocacy programs and government
  • Assist GR&A staff with internal research projects


***Effective October, 15, 2021, all new employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning employment with MHP. Reasonable accommodations will be considered for those with qualifying medical or religious exemptions.***

  • Ability to commit 8-15 hours/week (subject to school's internship requirements) for 10 weeks to internship activities, including some weekly hours during regular business operations at MHP's 833 Chestnut Street office in Philadelphia (Office hours TBD depending on COVID safety protocols, scheduled staff)
  • High school diploma or equivalent; enrollment in college is not required.
  • Cover letter stating why the applicant is interested in interning at MHP; what their educational goals in general and from the internship are; and a resume describing at least two of the following experiences: academic, work, volunteer/extracurricular, and/or leadership.
  • Access to the internet and a computer for remote activities not involving confidential materials (does not have to be in the home). 
  • Ability to adhere to confidentiality, training, and professional standards and agreements.