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Mental Health Internship/Practicum Program

The Counseling Center intern or practicum student performs duties and responsibilities under the general direction of the site supervisor. The intern will receive at least one hour of weekly individual clinical supervision with a licensed mental health professional (LMHC, LISW, LMFT). The intern also has the opportunity to participate in the Counseling Center’s staff meetings and case consultations. 

Below are the typical duties of an intern: 

  • Provide culturally-competent and socially justice minded short- and long-term individual and group therapy.
  • Assist students with identifying and resolving problems affecting their educational and personal development by clarifying personal
  • Provide crisis counseling and assessment for students in distress.
  • Use culturally responsive therapeutic modalities when working with historically underrepresented student populations.
  • Refer students to appropriate community and campus resources/
  • Perform related duties as required.

Other Potential Functions/Job Duties: 

Interns may also have the opportunity to do the following: 

  • Create and deliver outreach activities/events, workshops, and other prevention services to the campus community.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Enrollment in an accredited university for Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, or related field.
  • Willing to learn to provide culturally responsive personal counseling, especially to individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Openness to receive and integrate feedback.
  • Openness to assisting with program development and social media. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and an ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse teams and diverse populations.
  • Experience using various computer applications.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Application Requirements:

If you are interested in applying for the Fall 2023 internship, please submit the following to kayla.bell@drake.edu and erica.bench@drake.edu by December 19th. 

  1. An updated resume or curriculum vitae
  2. A cover letter (1-page maximum) that addresses the following:
    1. What interests you in an internship at Drake Student Counseling Center?
    2. How do you meet the minimum qualifications?
    3. What are your professional goals after you graduate?
    4. What are your graduate programs’ training requirements (i.e. amount of hours; number of months; etc.)?
  3. A Statement of Diversity (1-page maximum) that addresses the following:
    1. Provide specific examples of how your educational and/or professional experiences, background or philosophy demonstrate your commitment to diversity and equity, and how these prepare you to contribute to Drake University and the Counseling Center.
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