Behavioral Health & Recovery Services Intern/Trainee Program

San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) offers comprehensive behavioral health services to adults with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance abuse concerns and severely emotionally-disturbed youth and families. We offer services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in inpatient, outpatient, and outreach programs, through our multidisciplinary staff of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, MFTs, Interns, Trainees, and Peer Support positions.

Placement Opportunities

Some opportunities are with our Regional Clinics, which serve adults and youth within a geographic area. Other opportunities are with units that serve specialized populations of older adults, adults and youth throughout the County. Along with the required supervision hours, trainees have weekly didactic seminars and are included in clinical case consultations and in-service trainings.


San Mateo County's training programs provide training opportunities for approximately 60-75 psychology interns, masters-level trainees, alcohol and drug certificate program students, and psychiatric residents each year. Students are welcome to attend any of the five didactic training seminars throughout the county. There are bi-monthly psychiatric grand rounds that are open to all staff and students. Regular in-service training and specialized staff training are also available for students to attend.

Cultural Stipend Internship Program

Cultural Stipends are available for those who are able to help provide services to underserved populations within our system of Older Adult, Adult, and Youth Services. Each stipend is up to $5,000 for a student who works 24 hours or more in their placement. Stipends will be pro-rated if the student works between 20-24 hours per week. (Students who work less than 20 hours per week at their placement do not qualify for the stipend).  Recipients of the stipend will also be required to participate in a Health Equity Initiative project/program as negotiated between the trainee/intern and the HEI co-chair.

Click here for the 2016-2017 Cultural Stipend Internship Program Application

2016 Cultural Stipend Internship Program Final Projects:

Alexandra Papa and Gail Poust (Spirituality Initiative)


 2015 Cultural Stipend Internship Program Final Projects:

Martha Zamudio

Florina Petcu

Jessica Valencia

Johnson Ma

Kim Nguyen

Marcella Kreysa

Marissa Brun

Tatiana Padilla

How to Apply for a Trainee/Internship Placement

Please see the relevant information packet for your discipline. We are now accepting applications for FY 16/17 placements.

Field Placements for MFT, MSW, and Alcohol and Drug Certification Program Students

For information about field placements for current students, read the Masters-Level Students' and Alcohol and Drug Certification Program Students Placements for a detailed review of each placement, or click on this Internship Site Spreadsheet for a brief summary of each site.  BBS registered MSW and MFT graduates interested volunteering for licensing hours and supervision can also review these materials to see which sites work with post-graduates.

Practicums for Doctoral Students

For students in Doctoral Programs who are looking for practicum placements, please see BHRS Doctoral Practicum Placements.

Pre- or Post-Doc CAPIC Internships

For Doctoral students who are seeking Pre-Doctoral or Post-Doctoral Internship placement, see the San Mateo Medical Center Psychology Training Program.

Please note: we are a member of California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC) and follow their guidelines and procedures.

General information

For more information, please contact:
Katy Davis, PhD, LCSW
BHRS Workforce & Education Training Coordinator
Phone: (650) 372-3214