Externship in Addiction Psychiatry

Funded by SAMHSA

This program is intended to identify racial/ethnic minority medical students who have an interest in psychiatric services related to substance use disorders, prevention and early intervention. Medical students will spend a month during their summer break working with a psychiatrist mentor at a designated site where they will get a hands-on look at how psychiatrists treat patients with substance use disorders and participate in an interactive didactic experiential learning program.

The goals of the externship are to cultivate medical student interest in serving racial/ethnic minorities and underserved populations and clinician recruitment into psychiatry. Mentors and sites are selected where there is an approved substance abuse training program and a significant number of substance use disorder patients from minority and underserved populations. Applicants are encouraged to invite other possible mentors to participate in the program.

The 2019 Externship in Addiction Psychiatry application cycle is now closed.


  • Up to $1,500 for living expenses
  • Funding to and from mentoring site location (if out of state)

Number of Awards

Six awardees per year, pending funding


  • Provide a role model and mentor in the field of addiction psychiatry
  • Opportunity to observe psychiatrists interested in substance abuse disorders at work
  • Gain a better understanding at how psychiatrists prevent, research, and treat addictive illnesses
  • Opportunity to expand circle of professional contacts for future networking


One summer month (June, July, August, or September)


  • APA Student Member at the time of application
  • US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school
  • Ability to commit to the duration of the program

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest (not to exceed one-page)
  • Letter from medical school's Dean's office indicating the applicant is a medical student in good academic standing

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for the Externship in Addiction Psychiatry was March 1, 2019.

Award Notification

Early April

Program Requirements

  • Submit a program report with guidance from your mentor outlining externship experiences
  • Submit online mentor/mentee summer externship evaluation
  • Attend minority medical student summer programs conference call in August
  • Adhere to mentor’s site/institution guidelines


  • Medical students are responsible for arranging housing (if applicable)
  • Actual lodging and meals of the medical student for an entire month, plus travel cannot exceed $1,500

Program Manager

Camille Bryan, Ed.D.

I gained more solid clinical experience and confidence to carry over to my upcoming psychiatry rotations."

Giselle Plata, Minority Medical Student Summer Externship in Addiction Alum

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