The Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) is a 41-bed facility providing acute care and crisis stabilization for patients ages 3 to 18 who are struggling with a wide variety of psychiatric diagnoses.
The PBMU offers a 10-week internship program for college juniors and seniors to learn about the day-to-day operations of a pediatric acute care inpatient psychiatric facility from a floor-level perspective. Interns will spend an eight-hour shift each week paired with bachelor's-level staff (coaches) working directly with patients, specifically learning how to support patients through skill development and coaching. Interns will receive a thorough orientation covering safety; effective behavior; milieu and crisis management; professionalism; boundaries; documentation; patient- and family-centered care; and accountability, respect and teamwork (ART) standards.
Interns will not have direct contact with psychiatrists or psychologists and will not be able to observe or participate in treatment interventions as conducted by psychiatrists or psychologists. If this is what you are looking for in an experience, you should explore opportunities at other organizations.
You must be a junior or senior currently enrolled in a program at the University of Washington, Seattle Pacific University or Seattle University. We are not able to accept applications from students at other colleges and universities at this time, due to contractual agreements. To participate in this internship you must be enrolled in a class that you can receive credit for through this internship or you must be enrolled in a practicum course that you can receive credit for through this internship. We only accept six interns per quarter.
How to apply
Send a résumé, statement of purpose – a brief statement expressing what you hope to gain from this experience, your interest in the field of mental health, how you believe the internship will benefit you in the future and your post-baccalaureate goals – and a letter of recommendation from a professor to:
PBMU Internship Program
Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit
Seattle Children's Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE, M/S RA.5.120
Seattle, WA 98105
- Winter 2016–17: November 18
- Spring 2017: March 8
- Summer 2017: June 5
- Fall 2017: September 12
- Winter 2017–18: TBA
If you have any questions, email the internship coordinator.