NERA Behavioral Health Undergraduate Social Work Fellowship
The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep in partnership with the Mount Sinai Department of Social Work (DSW) are working together to integrate the Behavioral Health program into the existing NERA organizational structure. This pipeline will target disadvantaged (DA) college students enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Work program during junior year to impact awareness and preparation for competitive application to graduate school programs in social work and increase application submissions to graduate degree programs.
6-Week Core Curriculum
Didactic lectures and seminars on various content areas including substance abuse, child welfare issues, cultural and ethical dilemmas, HIV, psychiatric disorders, privacy and confidentiality, and entitlements and resources, will allow Fellows to gain knowledge in clinical components and regulatory issues that impact patients who receive care in a medical facility.
Fellows will be involved in interdisciplinary educational sessions that highlight interdisciplinary practice skills in the delivery of health care services, including departmental and other interdisciplinary Grand Rounds.
Fellows will have exposure to behavioral health providers to gain knowledge of the diverse roles and responsibilities of behavioral health providers across specialty programs within the healthcare field.
Each Fellow will have a supervised clinical experience in a hospital or community setting as well as professional mentorship from a licensed social work mentor.
Professional mentorship may focus on strategies for addressing patients/family psychosocial needs in relation to health and social functioning, clinical intervention models, as well as professionalism.
Academic Advising and Support
Fellows will receive individualized advisement and coaching from SW graduate school representatives from the Mount Sinai Social Work Graduate Program Network to gain knowledge in the admission and financial aid criteria and process, curriculums and areas of concentrations offered to help decide which best meets students’ interests.
Current college junior in good academic standing
Under-represented and/or economically disadvantaged college student
Six-week summer commitment
oJune - July, 2021
How to Apply
1. Students must be United States Citizens or Permanent Residents. Student Visas are not
accepted. Permanent residents are required to demonstrate proof of status by providing a copy
of both sides of their Green Card.
2. A personal statement 500 word essay – “Describe an experience that has influenced your interest in social work.”
3. A Faculty letter of recommendation – Instruct your recommender to submit the letter of
recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org your name in the subject line.
4. A current official transcript which includes Fall 2020 grades should be uploaded to the
5. All programs run a full day. If you are taking credit courses, working or have demands that
would require you to miss class, we suggest that you do not submit an application.
6. There is no application fee.
7. Admission is determined on a rolling basis.
8. Applications MUST be received by March 1, 2021.
Applications will be available through the link below on November 1, 2020.
9. Click the link below to complete the online application. This link will take you directly to the
This program was made possible by funding through the Health Career Opportunity Program (HCOP) of the
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and
the Northeast Regional Alliance Health Careers Opportunity Program (NERA HCOP).
NERA HCOP is a partnership with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the
Manhattan-Staten Island Area Health Education Center.