Student Counseling Services offers a 9-month Master of Social Work (MSW) Internship beginning in August and ending in May. This internship is designed as a second field placement opportunity for students currently enrolled in a master’s level social work program with at least one year of prior clinical experience.
Our focus is to provide a strong comprehensive clinical experience for our trainees that integrates development of clinical competence and ethical practice with professional growth and development in a supportive environment. Interns will have exposure to a full range of services, therapeutic perspectives, and interdisciplinary skills found within a University Counseling Center.
Individual Therapy: Interns will provide bi-weekly therapy services to a diverse population of college students utilizing our short-term therapy model. It is expected that interns will carry 8-10 clients per week.
IAT (initial assessment and triage): Interns will be trained to conduct IATs in the fall and will begin providing one IAT per week in the spring semester. IATs entail an in-depth assessment and referral to an appropriate service whether it be within or outside of Student Counseling Services.
Group Therapy: Interns will engage in our robust interpersonal process groups through process observation their first semester, with the possibility of co-facilitating a process group with a staff member their second semester. Groups meet weekly.
Case Management: Interns will learn case management skills, including referrals and collaboration with university and community partners.
Individual Supervision: Interns will receive two hours per week of individual supervision with a focus on social justice, inclusion, and diversity. At least one supervisor will be with a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Case Conference: Interns will attend bi-weekly case conference meetings. The purpose of case conference is to enhance therapeutic skills through consultation with both staff and other trainees. Interns will learn about different therapeutic approaches and develop self-awareness and reflective practice.
Didactic Seminar: Interns will attend a weekly didactic seminar addressing special populations, treatment issues, diversity concerns, and areas of focus within Student Counseling Services.
Outreach/Prevention- Interns will be invited to participate with either the Multicultural Outreach Team (MCOT) or the Diversity Committee (an internal committee focused on staff development around diversity issues).
Interns spend, on average, between 22-25 hours per week in activities related to internship. The time commitment will vary depending on the precise mix of activities, the interest of the intern, and the needs of the agency.
The general time commitment per week would be described as following:
|Service Delivery/Experiential Learning||Hours per week|
|IAT (initial assessment and triage)||1|
|Outreach/Prevention||Hours per week|
|MCOT or Diversity Committee2||2|
|Supervision and Training Time||Hours per week|
|Consultation with Psychiatrist (if intern is on-site this day)||.5|
|Administrative Area||Hours per week|
|Clinical paperwork, weekly logs, preparation for supervision||4-5|
|Staff meeting (if intern is on site this day)||1|
TOTAL: 22-25 hours
Applicants who are interested in the field placement at Student Counseling Services must be currently enrolled in an accredited Master of Social Work program. Applicants must have prior clinical experience and have completed at least one field placement experience.
Applicants are selected on the basis of previous clinical experience, recommendations of faculty from their home program and personal interviews with the Student Counseling Services staff.
The following submissions are required:
• Cover letter explaining interest and goals for Internship program
• Current vita or resume
• Unofficial Transcripts
• 3 letters of reference
Please submit application materials via email to Danielle Beasley, MSW, LCSW at email@example.com.
Internship questions can also be directed to Danielle Beasley via email or telephone at (309) 438-3756. Interviews will be conducted during the spring semester and will be on site.