The 2012-2013 Mental Health Interns


Melanie Cook, MFTI
University of San Francisco
Assigned Site: Alameda County Family Justice Center, Oakland


Julia Forberg, MFTI
California Institute of Integral Studies
Assigned Site: 21st Street YMCA Child Development Center, Oakland






Matthew Jaffe, MFTI
Assigned Site: 21st Street YMCA Child Development Center, Oakland


Rosemary Puerto, BS
California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
Assigned Site: 21 Street YMCA Child Development Center, Oakland


Jei Watkins, Psy.D. Trainee
John F. Kennedy University
Assigned Site: Alameda County Family Justice Center, Oakland








Health Service Internship
of the University of California, Berkeley

The Health Service Internship is a 3-unit, semester long internship that places students in community-based organizations throughout the Bay Area, with emphasis on improving health. In the past, organizations have ranged across a very broad spectrum, such as therapeutic nursery schools, environmental health research, AIDS/HIV education development, women’s cancer helplines, and more. Intern duties can also differ greatly and are determined mostly by the organizations. Examples include youth education, community organizing, research and policy development, and more.

This program, as its name implies, is inherently concerned about the well being of the world around us. This program’s focus is not centered on clinical experiences. Rather, the goal of HSI is to consider health and well-being in terms of social, political and economic factors. HSI encourages students to be creative and thoughtful in their attempts to make contributions. HSI has been a part of HMAP for 14 semesters, and it has evolved to become faithful and sincere in presenting and developing the definition of public health. HSI strives to provide an opportunity for students to gain a greater insight into program and policy development, administration, and direct service provision than they would be able to obtain through common volunteer experience. A goal equally important is to provide organizations with dedicated interns who have the energy and creativity to make significant contributions to their programs. The internship experience is supplemented and enhanced by a weekly, small group discussion. Topics discussed this past semester included the roles of mass media, community, education, public policy, culture and personal development in determining health, and how public health has addressed issues of violence, sex education, homelessness, AIDS, and mental health. Interns also round table about their experiences at their own placement, allowing them to learn from each others’ experiences and provide personal insight into the week’s topic.

HSI is sponsored by the School of Public Health  and is an ASUC Student-Initiated Service Group .



We are delighted to have 2 interns this semester, Lili Mohebbi and Stephanie Ma.  They have been working hard with community involvement and fundraising efforts.  Last semester Sophia Sanger and Shemika Lamare helped to get the word out about violence in young children and helped to roll out our annual fall event.