Alcohol or Drug Abuse Student Internship Program

About Our Program

Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health is committed to the development of the next generation of Behavioral Health Professionals. With the help of dedicated staff, volunteers, and professional student interns, RUHS-BH Substance Use Programs provide accessible, high quality treatment services for substance use problems, and/or other addictions. These programs offer a wide range of treatment and prevention services that include assessment, education, individual and group counseling sessions, sobriety maintenance support groups, case management, and referrals to outside services.

Who Should Apply

We accept applications from students currently enrolled in Alcohol & Drug Use Certificate and AA/AS programs.


Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health has clinics throughout the county that participate in student training.

Bi-Lingual & Evening Hours Available at Most Locations (Closed on Holidays)

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What to Expect

Typical internship duties that a student will participate in may include treatment planning, individual, group or family therapy, and case management. Students will work opposite Behavioral Health staff to carry out daily tasks.


We provide excellent student training in support of the student learning experience. Training on Motivational Interviewing, Law & Ethics, Boundaries, and Self-Disclosure are offered to students prior to beginning internship.

Hours and Schedules

AOD student interns are expected to complete 10-15 hours a week for at least 4 months. Most clinics are open Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm and schedules will be created at each clinic’s discretion.


Please complete the AOD Student Intern Program application and submit electronically to the email provided below. If you are identified as a potential candidate, you may be invited to interview with the department for possible placement. If you have additional questions regarding the AOD Student Intern Program, please contact the Volunteer/Intern Services Coordinator using the contact information below:

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)
Workforce Education and Training (WET)

2085 Rustin Avenue
Riverside, California 92507
Phone: (951) 955-7291

For non-clinical volunteer opportunities visit the Volunteer Program webpage or contact:

Workforce, Education, and Training
Phone: (951) 955-7291
Fax: 951-955-7205


Luz Maria Negrón Bermo
Volunteer Services Coordinator
(Children Services & Parent Support Program)
Phone: (951) 358-5862