Student Placements

Students play an important role in supporting CMHA Toronto and bringing our programs and services to life.

Placement Opportunities

Our programs offer placement opportunities for individuals enrolled in:

  • fund development
  • paralegal
  • nursing
  • occupational therapy
  • and many more. 
  • social work
  • administration
  • project management
  • social services
  • research
As part of their experience with CMHA Toronto, students have the opportunity to participate in trainings and professional development like Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and other courses offered by CMHA Toronto.

Ideal Candidate

CMHA Toronto's ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a degree/diploma in Human Resources or a related field. Experience with Microsoft Office is required. The candidate will bring a solution focused approach to work and the ability to manage multiple priorities. 

Placement Periods

CMHA Toronto takes on students three times a year and will post open roles approximately 6-8 weeks prior to placements beginning.

  1. In the fall, (Sept-Dec), or full year placements beginning in September 
  2. In the winter, (Jan-April) 
  3. In the spring, (May-August) 

Programs Accepting Applications

The following programs are accepting students:

Mental Health & Justice Addictions Program

We’re seeking a psychotherapy or social work student to support the group therapy and individual therapy offered as part of our justice specific services. The successful student should have an interest in individual and group therapy using CBT, DBT modalities. 


The ideal candidate would support all of our internal and external communication – they can expect to gain meaningful skills as they contribute to our newsletter, website, intranet and support communication priorities across CMHA Toronto. This placement would be virtual. 

People & Culture (Human Resources)

The People & Culture Placement Student will support managers and staff members with recruitment, retention, interpretation of HR policies and procedures, employment legislation, compensation, health and safety and disability management, benefits and pension plans. The HR Placement Student will also provide clerical and administrative support as needed.

We’re also seeking students to support the following programs: 

  • Hospital to Home
  • Scarborough Safe Bed
  • North York Safe Bed
  • Fundraising & Special Events
  • Shape


Once you have submitted an application you will receive an email confirmation. Hiring teams will reach out to students for interviews based on your application. If selected for an interview, we may request supplementary information. 


If you are selected to do a placement in one of our programs, we will require you to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening and be fully vaccinated against COVID19. 

We are currently accepting applications for Spring-Summer 2023. The application form is open from February 22 to March 22, 2023. 

Students can apply  using the form below:

Student Placement Application

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Frequently Asked Questions

“Completing my student placement with the Mental Health and Justice program at CMHA Toronto has taught me many case management skills. I have learned how to become resilient and have gained so much knowledge on different resources and supports to advocate for individuals dealing with mental health barriers and who are involved with the justice system. This experience has been fulfilling due to the staff, my supervisors and all the clients that I’ve worked with. I have gained so much experience and confidence to step into my future career as a Social Service Worker and I thank the MHJ team and especially my supervisor. ”

KG, Current student with Mental Health and Justice Supportive Housing

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