Mental Health Internship

Description

Infertility is an emotionally devastating, financially crippling and life changing event for 1 in 8 couples. And because it’s not talked about openly (and easily misunderstood by those who haven’t experienced it), there’s significant shame and grief surrounding this diagnosis.

Fruitful is a free fertility mentorship program that connects those struggling with infertility with a mentor who’s been through it firsthand and is now on the other side. Our mission is to make infertility suck less; we do this by connecting people experiencing infertility with the mentors, resources and support they need to make emotionally healthy decisions.

Fruitful is looking for a mental health student to help develop a curriculum that will equip our fertility mentors with the resources they need to best support those struggling with infertility. To learn more about Fruitful and how it works, please visit www.fruitfulfertility.org

Intern Will Learn and Be Exposed To:

  • A small, scrappy startup work culture

  • A flexible yet collaborative work environment

  • Design-thinking methods to help enhance our website and digital product offerings

  • The vulnerable, emotional journey that many couples experience when dealing with infertility (as well as ways to best support them)

  • Research, interviews, and focus groups to best understand the problems Fruitful is trying to solve

Responsibilities

  • Researching and understanding the emotional journey and specific challenges for those struggling with infertility

  • Empathizing with those both actively struggling with infertility, as well as with those who are now parents after experiencing infertility

  • Learning the “language of infertility” including the process itself, fertility treatments, acronyms, phrases, available resources, and the universal feelings of those in the community

  • Finding ways to best empower our fertility mentors (who have no professional mental health experience) so they can feel confident emotionally supporting those who feel vulnerable on their infertility journey

  • Creating a recommended curriculum from scratch to best train future Fruitful mentors

  • Assisting in future brainstorming and idea planning for the organization

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate (junior or senior) or graduate student studying mental health, family therapy or social work

  • Must be a self-starter, curious thinker and collaborative worker

  • Must be inherently empathetic, able to understand the feelings and emotional needs of others who are different from themselves

  • We are a small company without dedicated office space, must be able to work remotely and meet for group work and check-ins – meeting locations are flexible, so transportation not required.

  • This is an unpaid internship, but features incredibly flexible work hours to best support the right candidate’s specific course needs