What You Need to Know About Internship

You Must Have:

1. Completed:

  • HDC 587 Practicum
  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 533 Family Dynamics
  • Concentration requirements: HDC 542 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling or HDC 531 Developmental School Counseling or 2 of 4 MCFC courses)

2. An overall GPA of at least 3.0

3. Filled out and submitted an internship application form by February 15 for Fall semester and October 15 for Spring semester


The Concentration Coordinator (clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, or marriage, couple, and family counseling) will review your application to determine eligibility.

You Are Responsible for:

  • Obtaining and completing a Clinical Experience Checklist
  • Scheduling an appointment with your Area Coordinator to negotiate an appropriate placement consistent with your career goals
  • Completing an “Internship Agreement” Form with your on-site and faculty supervisors prior to starting on site
  • Maintaining ACA membership and liability insurance
  • Having the on-site supervisor complete and submit: (1) a current resume; and (2) a site approval form.

During Your Internship You Will:

  • Meet one hour weekly minimum with your on-site supervisor for individual supervision sessions
  • Meet (periodically) with your faculty supervisor in individual session
  • Meet at least two hours weekly for group supervision with your faculty supervisor
  • Spend at least 600 hours on site (an average of 37.5 hours/week for 16 weeks; or an average of 18.75 hours/week for 32 weeks) a minimum of 240 of which are in direct service
  • Direct service work must include a minimum of 25 hours of group facilitation or co-facilitation and no more than 120 hours
  • Submit a minimum of 8 video tapes of clinical sessions with clients
  • Maintain an ongoing log of all clinical activities

Evaluations at the End Are Completed by:

  • You (faculty supervisor, on-site supervisor, site)
  • On-site supervisor (your performance)
  • Faculty supervisor (your performance)


The internship experience enables the student to refine and further enhance the knowledge and skills applied during practicum. In addition, the internship provides an opportunity for the student to engage in all of the professional activities performed by a regularly employed staff member at the internship site. The internship experience will total a minimum of 600 hours which includes:

  • A minimum of 240 hours of direct service work with clients on site, of which a minimum of 25 hours are spent facilitating or co-facilitating groups
  • A minimum of 1 hour per week of individual supervision with the site supervisor and periodic individual supervision sessions with the faculty supervisor
  • A minimum of 2 hours per week of group supervision via weekly internship class meetings
  • Submission of a minimum of 8 video tapes of clinical sessions with clients
  • Maintain an ongoing log of all clinical activities. Internship students are expected to spend an average of 37.5 hours per week for 16 weeks at the internship site. Additional responsibilities of interns are outlined in the “Internship Agreement” Form.

Eligibility and Waiver Policy:

Eligibility for internship includes successful completion of HDC 587 Practicum (Credit), a minimum 3.0 GPA and successfull completion of the HDC core courses listed below:

  • HDC 521 Developmental Counseling
  • HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling
  • HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
  • HDC 533 Family Dynamics
  • The practicum instructor must give a positive recommendation before final approval for internship is given by the HDC Department Committee. Internship may not be waived.
  • Students must apply for internship by February 15 for the fall semester and October 15 for the spring semester. Students should complete internship within three terms.

Grading and Evaluation:

On site and faculty supervisors will provide a written appraisal of internship students’ performance (Faculty Supervisor Form; On-site Supervisor Form) at the end of Internship. Assignment of the final grade of Credit/No Credit is the responsibility of the faculty supervisor. A grade of “R” (deferred grade) will be used until interns complete 600 hours on site with a minimum of 240 hours of direct service.

If interns do not demonstrate acceptable competency levels upon completion of the required 600 hours, they will receive a grade of No Credit. Any intern who receives a grade of No Credit must reapply for internship and present his/her case before a review panel appointed by the HDC Department Committee to make recommendations to that body. In unusual circumstances and at the instructor’s recommendation, a student may receive another “R” and may continue at the site with the permission of the on-site supervisor. If the student’s faculty supervisor is unable to continue to provide supervision, students may petition the Department to arrange supervision with another HDC faculty member. In the event competency is not demonstrated by the end of the additional term, students will be given No Credit and must re-apply for Internship and present his/her case before a review panel representing the HDC Department Committee as described above.

If Your Situation Requires any Special Consideration:

Talk with the Area Coordinator and submit a written request for review.