Pre-Professional Training Opportunities

Now accepting applications for counselors for Summer 2020 Mighty Mouth Kids Camp

Graduate & Post-Doctoral Training

We train Post-Doctoral Fellows, graduate externs, and undergraduate students in psychology and other mental health disciplines. Fellowships, internships, and externships occur throughout the year, including academic year and summer-only experiences.

We also provide training to licensed mental health professionals, teachers, and speech language pathologists who work in our selective mutism intensive treatment programs. See below for all of our various open positions.

Mighty Mouth Kids Camp is our 1-week summer program for children with SM. Dr. Kurtz first developed this group intervention at the NYU Child Study Center and later brought to the Child Mind Institute in 2010. Treatment is focused on helping campers to face their fears and learn to use their voice through their journey from silence to brave talking. Counselors are paired with campers individually to support them in reaching specific goals.

Counselors for Mighty Mouth Kids (MMK) Selective Mutism Camp

  • Summer 2020 Mighty Mouth Camp
    • Training days will be Sunday and Monday August 9-10, 2019
    • Lead-in days will be Tuesday-Friday, August 11-14, 2020
    • Camp week will be August 17-21, 2020
  • Counselors must be available onsite for all of these days listed above.
    • Exceptions may be considered for returning staff and counselors.
  • Winter 2021 Mighty Mouth Camp dates to be announced (approx. Jan 10-21, 2021).
  • Click here to apply for Summer 2020 Mighty Mouth counselor position.
  • Post-doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Psychology (Our 2020-2021 position has been filled. Please apply in fall 2020 for 2021-2022 Fellowship.)  Click for description.
  • Clinical Psychology Externships Applications for 2020-2021 will open January 13, 2020 per NYNJADOT Guidelines. Click here for direct link to the NYNJADOT portal.

Summer Internship Opportunities

Kurtz Psychology hosts undergraduate interns for our summer treatment programs and for our in-office clinical treatments. These are great opportunities for students to gain comprehensive clinical experience working with both disruptive children and children with Selective Mutism (SM).

Interns receive specialized training in both Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) as well as the adaptation of the model for children with SM (PCIT-SM). Our certified staff, including Dr. Kurtz, a master trainer in PCIT and the developer of the Brave Buddies model, and Dr. Kate Gibson, a certified level 1 PCIT trainer, will conduct all the training. Live coaching and daily feedback will be provided in addition to the training days.

Read below for further information about the internship positions!

Summer 2020 Treatment Programs Internship 

***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding off on recruiting more interns for the full summer internship but we are still recruiting counselors for our August Mighty Mouth Kids Camp***

June 1st- August 21st, schedule as below.

This position involves planning, training for, and being a counselor in the Capstone Summer internship program. You will also be a counselor for the Mighty Mouth Kids Camp program. 

Capstone is on hold for Summer 2020. Capstone is our newly developed 5-week summer program for disruptive children (4-6 years old). The program focuses on integrating PCIT, the gold standard of treatment for this population, into a group model while also introducing a specific emotion regulation protocol. Counselors will attend a 40-hour PCIT training, led by Dr. Kurtz, in addition to a specific training for CAPSTONE. This training fulfills the didactic requirement towards PCIT certification.

  • June 1st – 15th: Capstone Activity development
    • If you are interested in the program, but unable to attend the activity development weeks, please indicate so in your application. Exceptions may be made.
  • June 15- 19th: PCIT Training
  • June 22nd- 26th: Capstone Training
  • June 29th- July 31st: Capstone Summer Program
  • August 3rd-7th: Vacation week
  • August 9th-10th: Mighty Mouth Training  (note: August 9th is a Sunday)
  • August 17th-21st: Mighty Mouth Kids Camp


  •  9am to 5pm: Training and activity development
  • 8am to 4pm: Camp week

Clinical Summer Internship


June 1st to August 21st 2020, 10 to 6pm.

This internship involves planning and working as a counselor in Mighty Mouth Kids Camp. as well as providing pre-professional mental health training experience in clinical behavioral interventions for advanced undergraduates. Interns participate in our didactic seminars and have the ability to collaborate with team members and mentors on research or other ongoing projects. Interns will routinely be able to observe live treatment sessions of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and other treatments we utilize. Interns will primarily perform data entry, set up treatment sessions, and assist on other projects such as video-clipping, social media assistance, material preparation in addition to planning Mighty Mouth Kids camp activities.

Requirements for both training opportunities:

  • Availability for above dates and times
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or enrollment in a 4 year accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated previous work with children.


To apply for a graduate or post-graduate training position please:

  1. Send your CV and a cover letter of intent specifying your inclusive dates of availability by email to
  2. Have two letters of reference sent directly via email to us. We prefer recommendation letters from professionals who know you in a clinical or training context.
  3. Send a de-identified  case report, including case conceptualization, rationale for treatment, interventions provided, and treatment course. Please indicate what you would do differently next time with a similar case and why.

To apply for any of the volunteer counselor or internship positions:

  1. Send your resume and a cover letter by email to Please elaborate on your professional goals at this point.
  2. Please specifically state your inclusive dates of availability. The full summer internship is June 1 – August 21, 2020.
  3. Have two letters of reference sent directly via email to us. We prefer one of the two recommendation letters from a supervisor who know you in a clinical or training context and one from your college faculty mentor or a professor if you don’t have a specific mentor.
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