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, master level social work students, divinity students, and other professional students to come to El Futuro for a one-of-a-kind training experience. 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.

Testimonials

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!

Kate Ferrell

former Intern, UNC School of Social Work

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.

Marcus Wellen, MD

former psychiatry resident

Our Current Residents and Interns

Ande Kulish, MA, LPA

Ande Kulish, MA, LPA

Clinical Psychology Intern

Andrea “Ande” Kulish is originally from rural Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate degree in Washington, D.C., before working in schools and clinics in both South and Central America. Her research focuses on parent-adolescent communication in Latino families. She decided to pursue her PhD because she wanted to be able to help people. She enjoys researching and learning about how best to treat her clients. In her free time, Ande likes reading, jogging, traveling, and hiking.

Jenny Robb, MA, LPA

Jenny Robb, MA, LPA

Clinical Psychology Intern

Jenny researches the factors that determine people’s behaviors around their health — like eating and exercise habits — especially in adolescents. She grew up in Alabama, did her undergraduate studies in Tennessee at Sewanee where she studied Psychology and Spanish, and from there studied abroad in Ecuador, where she perfected her Spanish skills. While in Ecuador, Jenny volunteered at a daycare center near a trash transfer center. While there, she would wonder where the kids she served would end up one day, and decided she wanted to be someone who could serve underserved populations. In her free time, Jenny enjoys singing, playing the ukulele, playing soccer, and cheering on the North Carolina Courage women’s soccer team!

Stephany Mejia

Stephany Mejia

Social Work Intern

Stephany was born and raised in Washington Heights, NYC, to a Nicaraguan mother and Dominican father, and did her undergraduate studies at N.C. State after her family moved down south. Before beginning her Masters of Social Work, Stephany was enrolled in a Master of Public Administration program at N.C. State — though she found that that program was missing person-centered curriculum and she felt like it wasn’t aligned with how she viewed society. The MSW, however, embodied more so her values and how she sees the world. Her goal is to become an LCSW and her interests now are first generation college student mental health, LGBTQIA and Latino populations and experiences of students of color at predominantly white institutions. She’s excited about getting to work with the Latino community in the South and being able to bring her perspective when interacting with clients and staff. In her free time, Stephany enjoys being creative while working at a makeup store, learning how to DJ and running a food blog!

Sarai Kanich

Sarai Kanich

Marriage and Family Therapy Intern

Sarai grew up in Mexico City and moved to Apex, North Carolina when she was a teen, speaking both English and Spanish when she was growing up. She went to UNC-Charlotte for her undergraduate degree and is attending Liberty University right now for her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has always wanted to pursue counseling or a career in the “helping fields” as long as she can remember. She has a passion for working with families and couples, so the MFT program was a perfect fit! She would like to work with Latino youth and families in her work. In her free time Sarai enjoys singing and spending time with her three kids and husband — going skating, hiking, and taking family beach trips!