RISE Fellowship Program


About RISE

The RISE (Residential Interns Seeking Excellence) fellowship is a thirteen month-long paid position that provides recent college graduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the mental health field. RISE fellows benefit from:

  1. Free housing, including basic furnishings and utilities;
  2. Employee benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, and paid time off;
  3. Possibility of transitioning to full-time employment at Eliada following the RISE term;
  4. Opportunity to network with professionals;
  5. Clinical supervision provided by qualified professionals and clinicians;
  6. Valuable resume building experience in multiple treatment settings of the human services field;
  7. A built in support system within the RISE community;
  8. Two RISE retreats to build camaraderie and teamwork.

Our fellows work as direct care staff in Eliada’s residential mental health programs and have opportunities to work in non-profit administrative support roles.

Throughout their time at Eliada, fellows become familiar with how to work with our students, and they are also able to participate in a variety of activities such as our animal therapy program and many other therapeutic and recreational activities that we have in place for our students.

Upon completion of the fellowship, approximately 50% of our interns continue on to pursue graduate degrees, prepared to take the next step in their professional lives. The remaining 50% of fellows typically accept full-time positions within the organization.

If you are looking for a way to expand your knowledge in the mental health field, one year with our students will certainly provide the experience you have been looking for!

Apply to RISE

Applicants should be enthusiastic about working with at-risk children and adolescents.

Step 1: Apply online:


Step 2: Interview with staff recruiter and RISE Program Manager

Step 3: Submit supplemental materials including:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement

The ideal candidate would possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Fine Arts, Education, Criminal Justice, or Recreation;
  • Record of successful professional and volunteer experiences;
  • Course work or a Minor in a Human Services field, such as Psychology or Social Work (preferred, not required).

Applications are accepted from recent college graduates in the United States.

For more information on the RISE program or to attend an open house, please contact our agency recruiter: