Internships and Residencies
El Futuro offers a highly sought after training program that attracts students from many local professional schools and training programs. We attract medical students, resident physicians, psychology interns, masters level social work students, divinity students, and other professional students to come to El Futuro for a one-of-a-kind training experience.
El Futuro offers residencies, internships, field work, and practicum opportunities to provide students from a wide variety of educational disciplines the opportunity to apply traditional academic classroom learning to actual clinical experiences in a multi-program setting.
We offer internships and residencies in our Durham clinic, with limited opportunities at our Siler City clinic location.
Graduate level clinical internships
The Clinical Learners program for social work, marriage and family therapy, counseling psychology, and counseling students is a valued part of our clinical program at El Futuro. Our interns and practicum students learn how to provide trauma-informed, culturally-relevant psychotherapy in a challenging and supportive environment. El Futuro has hosted clinical interns and practicum students from graduate programs of social work, counseling, marriage and family therapy, and counseling psychology. Interns receive weekly individual supervision from a qualified supervisor at El Futuro, and are also encouraged to participate in monthly group and specialized supervision. For more information and to express your interest, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are fortunate to partner with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) to provide this unique training experience for medical students and resident physicians. El Futuro is an AHEC Center of Excellence.
I just wanted to thank all of you for making my year at El Futuro a great one. Not only did I learn a lot from being there social work-wise, but I could not have asked for a better group of people with whom to work. Each of you is extremely talented, caring, and good at what you do. Thanks for “showing me the ropes” and making my field placement a really positive experience!
I can’t tell you how invaluable your guidance has been lately. I’m currently in an Ob-Gyn clinic every Wednesday and more than half of my patients speak Spanish only. I have a hard time expressing succinctly how much the entire staff at El Futuro has helped me learn how to approach patients in a respectful and helpful way. You guys literally made me a better psychiatrist…and I was happy to be along for the ride.
Our Current Residents and Interns
Tala is a first-generation Arab-American (both my parents immigrated from Jordan), born and raised in the Chicago area. She studied Spanish at Loyola University Chicago and then went to medical school in Puerto Rico. When applying for a psychiatry residency, She wanted a program that served the Latino community and El Futuro was one of the reasons she wanted to come to UNC! In her free time, she likes to explore local bookstores & coffee shops in the Triangle. Recent good read: Island Beneath the Sea. She has also recently started building DIY miniature models that are adorable.
She was born and raised in Durham, NC and went to Durham Public Schools from elementary to high school. Her parents are from Honduras and El Salvador so being surrounded by a Latinx community is so important to her. Currently, an undergraduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill majoring in psychology planning to get a higher degree in a branch of psychology to help give back to the community. She is a member of the organization at UNC-Chapel Hill called Mi Pueblo which brings awareness to Latinx issues, creates a support and sense of community to all students especially Latinx. She came to El Futuro to expand her passion for psychology and help those in her community through positive aspects. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, going on trips, hanging out with her dog, and trying new things.
He is a Duke psychiatry resident excited to learn from the patients and staff at El Futuro. He is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and learned Spanish later in life while living in Colima, Mexico. After a year’s stay, he returned to the United States where worked as a Spanish interpreter until starting Medical School. As he spent more time with the Latinos and other immigrants, he developed great admiration for them. They made him want to meet more people, understand them on a deeper level, and connect with them. It ultimately made him seek a career in psychiatry. He specially requested to train at El Futuro to spend time with Latinos, who he has come to deeply respect.
Sin Ataduras Program Intern
Nancy was born in Monterrey, Mexico. At the age of 14, she moved to Durham, North Carolina along with her family. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Criminology from Meredith College. During that time, she interned in the Conexiones program at EL FUTURO as a case manager. She is currently doing her Master’s Degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University. After graduation, Nancy will work to become a LCSW and LCAS. She is currently doing her clinical practice with Pablo Silva in the “Sin Ataduras” program by co-facilitating the DWI classes. Nancy enjoys spending time with her family, traveling the world, and helping members of the community by providing therapy and case management services.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist resident
Katie is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist-in-training at UNC Hospitals. She graduated from Boston University and went to medical school at the University of Illinois. She is from Chicago and is delighted by the warm weather and great hiking here in the Triangle. Katie lives in Chapel Hill with her family. She loves to sing, cook, travel and grow as a parent to her two young daughters. Favorite Song: “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana