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Internships

Work at a Professional Site and with Clients & Students Through Our Specialized Internships

  • Internships are available in a variety of settings specially chosen to match your degree program
  • Gain relevant work experience while completing your degree requirements
  • Learn in a supervised setting

Internships In Student Affairs & Higher Education Counseling

Master of Science in Student Affairs & Higher Education Counseling

Aims of the Internships

To give students in the last semesters of their programs as wide and intensive an experience as possible in the practice of college student affairs work, and in the practice of all the activities that are ordinarily required of student affairs professionals. Students work closely with the program coordinator to identify internship sites which enhance students’ learning and career aspirations.

Internship Settings

Each intern is expected to work in one or more settings throughout the duration of the internship. Possible internship sites include public and private two and four year colleges with acceptable supervisors. Students are closely supervised throughout the internship. Admissions, campus life, housing, financial aid, career counseling, academic advising, and the office of the chief student affairs officer, and special services are examples of specific department settings.

Internships In Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Aims of the Internships

To give students in the last semesters of their programs as intensive an experience as possible in the practice of community counseling and in the practice of all the activities that are ordinarily required of community counseling professionals.

Internship Settings

Each intern is expected to work in one setting throughout the duration of the internship. Possible internship sites include public and private community agencies, vocational placement centers, centers for the treatment of substance abuse, mental health clinics, medical facilities, correctional facilities, and private practice. Interns are closely supervised throughout the experience.

Internship Requirements

Each student affairs and higher education candidate must complete a six (6) credit hour internship as part of the program requirements; students may choose to complete an optional second internship. The mental health internship is nine (9) credit hours. The internship site is to be consistent with the program of the counselor candidate. A listing and description of sites used in the past by counseling students is available.

Internships reflect 600 hours (900 hours for mental health counseling) of actual work at the professional site, with at least 40% of these hours in direct service to clients and students. A group experience is expected to be included in the 40% hours of direct service. Internships are usually done 20 hours a week for two semesters or 40 hours a week for one semester, with some flexibility on beginning and ending dates. Internship credit arrangements include full-time (600 hours for 6 credits) and part-time (300 hours for 3 credits). Students are limited to a maximum of 600 hours (6 credit hours) in a semester.

Students are to complete their internships in a site other than their current work setting. Interns must spend at least three continuous hours in an internship day, with a minimum of 15 hours per week during the normal operating hours of that agency or school. Exceptions must be approved by the Counselor Education Department faculty. At the internship site, a candidate has a responsibility to adhere to the agency or college's various rules and policies, such as that of confidentiality.

Each intern is expected to participate in individual supervision one hour weekly with the site supervisor and group supervision one and one-half hours per week with other interns and a faculty supervisor. These weekly supervision experiences are required during the entire period of the internship for both part-time and full-time interns.

An application must be submitted during the semester prior to the planned internship and approved by the counseling program faculty. The internship site is selected by the internship coordinator after consultation with the candidate and after approval by the Counselor Education Department faculty.

Counselor education graduate students are expected to carry professional liability insurance while participating in internship (CACREP Accreditation Manual — 2009 Standards).

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about counselor education at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact:

Dr. Julia Davis, Chairperson
Office: Ward Hall 106A
Phone: (518) 564-4179
Email: jdavi004@plattsburgh.edu