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Practicum & Internship

All degree programs in the Counseling and Student Affairs Department include a practicum and internship requirement. Practicum takes place during the Spring semester after all Core I classes are completed. Internship takes place during the subsequent Fall and Spring Semesters.

Practicum and internship sites are generally located by the student after careful consideration of  professional goals and the type of internship experiences designated by the degree program. The Clinical Coordinator serves as a resource to suggest practicum and internship sites. 

Practicum and internship policies and procedures for all M.A. Counseling tracks and M.Ed. College Counseling can be found here.

The Practicum and Internship Handbook for M. S. School Counseling can be found here.

 

Counseling Practicum Requirements

Students must complete supervised practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours over an academic term. Each student's practicum includes all of the following:

 

  • At least 40 clock hours of direct service with actual clients that contributes to the development of counseling skills.
  • Weekly interaction that averages one hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision throughout the practicum by a site supervisor who is working in consultation with a program faculty member.
  • An average of 1 1/2 hours per week of group supervision that is provided on a regular schedule throughout the practicum by a program faculty member.
  • The development of program-appropriate audio/video recordings for use in supervision or live supervision of the student's interactions with clients.
  • Evaluation of the student's counseling performance throughout the practicum, including documentation of a formal evaluation after the student completes the practicum.

 

Counseling Internship Requirements

The program requires completion of a supervised internship in the student's designated program area of 600 clock hours, begun after successful completion of the practicum. The internship is intended to reflect the comprehensive work experience of a professional counselor appropriate to the designated program area. Each student's internship includes all of the following:

 

  • The internship experience requires 600 clock hours.
  • At least 240 clock hours of direct service, including experience leading groups.
  • Weekly interaction that averages one hour per week of individual and/or triadic supervision throughout the internship, usually performed by the on-site supervisor.
  • An average of 1 1/2 hours per week of group supervision provided on a regular schedule throughout the internship and performed by a program faculty member.
  • The opportunity for the student to become familiar with a variety of professional activities and resources in addition to direct service (e.g. record keeping, assessment instruments, supervision, information and referral, in-service and staff meetings).
  • The opportunity for the student to develop program-appropriate audio/video recordings for use in supervision or to receive live supervision of his or her interactions with clients.
  • Evaluation of the student's counseling performance throughout the internship, including documentation of a formal evaluation after the student completes the internship by a program faculty member in consultation with the site supervisor.

 

Note: Even though the internship requirement is for six (6) credits, students are permitted to register for only three (3) credits per semester.

 

Student Affairs Administration Practicum/Internship Requirements

The practicum and internship experiences in Student Affairs are geared toward providing opportunities for students to put principles of student development and student development theory to practice. In order to effectively accomplish this goal, students should:

  • Know and be supportive of the educational mission of a functional area.
  • Understand and be able to respond to the developmental needs of college students.
  • Understand and be able to articulate appropriate management and/or programming techniques.
  • Have a commitment to students and the profession.

To this end, the objectives of Practicum and Internship are as follows:

  • To gain an in-depth experience and understanding of a specialized Student Affairs functional areas.
  • To enhance organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • To enhance analytical decision-making and problem-solving skills.
  • To explore leadership potential within a realistic context.
  • To develop a personal philosophy of Student Affairs work.
  • To prepare for employment in a Student Affairs functional area upon completion of the program.

Student Affairs Practicum Requirements

Students must complete a supervised practicum experience that totals a minimum of 150 clock hours over an academic term. Each student's practicum includes all of the following:

  • At least 60 clock hours should be spent in the delivery of student services specific to the functional area in which the practicum is being conducted.
  • At least an hour of weekly supervision with an on-site supervisor.
  • At least 1 ½ hours per week of group supervision provided on a regular basis by the program faculty member and in the context of the three hour practicum seminar.
  • Students are expected to engage in 3-5 developmental activities that facilitate insight into the practical applications of Student Affairs work in a specific functional area. This may involve at least one audio and/or video recording to be used in supervision for purposes of evaluating the student's interactions.

A formal evaluation process will be utilized to document the student's performance during the practicum. 

Student Affairs Internship Requirements

The program requires completion of two supervised internship experiences for a total of 600 clock hours, begun after successful completion of the practicum. The internships are intended to reflect the comprehensive work experience of a student affairs professional. Each student's internships include all of the following:

  • The internship experiences require a total of 600 clock hours.
  • At least 360 clock hours should be spent in the delivery of student services specific to either two different functional areas or two different major service delivery tasks of a single functional area.
  • At least an hour of weekly supervision with an on-site supervisor.
  • At least 1 ½ hours per week of group supervision provided on a regular basis by the program faculty member and in the context of the three hour internship seminar.

Students are expected to engage in any and all developmental activities that facilitate insight into the practical applications of Student Affairs work in two specific functional areas, or two major service delivery tasks of a single functional area. This may involve at least one audio and/or video recording to be used in supervision for purposes of evaluating the student's interactions.

A formal evaluation process will be utilized to document the student's performance during the internships.