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Business Development for Behavioral Health Department Internship

Status: Volunteer/Intern (unpaid)
Hours: 10-20 hours per week, anytime Monday to Friday between 9 am – 4:30 pm
Reports to: Director of Behavioral Health Network Development

Position Overview & Basic Function

The Business Development intern will work closely with the Director of Behavioral Health Network Development and other members of the department. The intern will assist in identifying and cultivating partnerships, collaborations, and funding opportunities to support the goals and initiatives of the Behavioral Health Department, with a specific focus on network development. This position is ideal for someone currently pursuing or who has obtained a degree in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Psychology, Public Health, or a closely related discipline.

The Behavioral Health Department oversees programs and services related to mental health and wellness, addiction treatment, and community outreach initiatives. The intern will have the opportunity to contribute to various aspects of business development within the department, with a focus on expanding the network of referral sources and maintaining the referral database.


  • Update the referral database with accurate and up-to-date information on referral sources, including contact details and relevant information.
  • Contact referral sources to establish and maintain relationships, provide updates on services, and explore opportunities for collaboration.
  • Respond to emails from referral sources, answer inquiries, provide information, and coordinate follow-up actions as necessary.
  • Conduct research to identify new referral sources and potential funding opportunities in the behavioral health field.
  • Assist in preparing and sending out correspondence, including letters, emails, and other forms of communication, to referral sources and other stakeholders.
  • Maintain knowledge and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, to create and update documents and presentations as needed.


  • Gain valuable experience in business development within the healthcare and behavioral health field, with a specific focus on network development.
  • Work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment with opportunities for learning and growth.
  • Take ownership of projects and develop skills in project management.
  • Collaborate and network with various departments, external stakeholders, and referral sources.
  • Receive a letter of recommendation upon completion and potential eligibility for college credit (upon request).

Desired Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated interest in business development, marketing, and nonprofit management.
  • Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail.
  • Technologically competent and able to adapt to new software and tools.
  • Professional, reliable, and proactive in taking initiative.

Other Requirements

  • Must be 18 years or older and have reliable transportation.
  • Maintaining confidentiality and adhering to ethical guidelines related to patient information is essential.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Lisa Sampson at that includes:

  • Start and end date of the period you are available to work
  • Available number of hours per week and preferred schedule
  • Narrative description of your relevant skills and experience
  • Whether or not you be working for credit towards a degree or certification program