Graduate internships provide individuals completing advanced degrees with an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience within a community based counselling agency. Students will be provided with the support and experience needed to complete the requirements for the practicum component of their degree. Generally, these are for Masters level students completing psychology or social work degrees.
There is an opportunity for students who require undergraduate practicum placements to participate in a placement that will allow them to complete the mandatory hours and tasks needed for their degree requirements. These are generally Bachelor of Social Work students who require practicum placements to complete their degrees.
Credentialed supervisors provide each student one hour per week in individual supervision and two hours per week in group supervision. Students work in teams of four students in a group setting.
Our internships often begin in September and last for eight months. There are some limited opportunities for winter/spring placements as well. Graduate interns are required to complete the following tasks during their practicum placements with the Calgary Counselling Centre:
- Minimum of 21 hours per week working on site
- Completion of eight face-to-face counselling hours each week
- Weekly training seminars on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- One intake shift per month in the Call Centre (three hours)
- One Quick Response shift per month (be on call for one hour)
Admission to the Graduate Internship program is based upon a selection process. Minimum admission requirements include:
- Current enrolment in a graduate program, from a recognized university, with a major in counselling psychology, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy or pastoral counselling and psychology.
- A grade point average sufficiently strong, to support the ability to participate in a rigorous, post graduate program of study and applied training. Generally, applicants will be required to have a minimum of a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale.
- Two reference forms completed by professional or academic sources, preferably from persons able to comment meaningfully on the motivation and ability of the applicant to undertake advanced training in counselling practice.
- An up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae
- A letter of application substantiating interest, qualifications and experience relevant to the field of counselling. In this letter, we ask our applicants to comment on how their life experiences, academic background and professional activities make them a suitable candidate for the program. Applicants may also comment on how this program will assist them in meeting their career objectives.
The first step in the application process is to contact our Student Services Administrator to discuss the opportunities available and ask questions.
- Contact our Student Services Administrator, to discuss current openings that are available for internships and address any questions you may have.
- If there are openings available, our Student Services Administrator will send the application package.
- Complete the package and forward all supporting documents to the Calgary Counselling Centre.
- Once all supporting documentation has been received by the Centre, an interview will be set up with a potential supervisor.
- Following the interview with the supervisor, a decision will be made and the applicant will be advised accordingly. All admission decisions are final.
For more information or to begin the application process, please contact:
Student Services Administrator