Social Work Internship
We have a multidisciplinary team working together to provide solid training and growth opportunities for trainees. Our fast-paced, Counseling Center is housed within the Campus Health Center at NC State University. The strength of our training program includes our dedicated staff, the center’s commitment to training, and our outstanding trainees.
For more information or questions, please contact:
Kelsey McKaplan, MA, LCMHCS
Coordinator of Master’s Level Training
About the internship
The Counseling Center at NC State offers Practicum and Internship Opportunities for Graduate Students in Social Work who are seeking a clinical field placement. We prefer individuals are able to make the commitment to do a full academic year of training beginning in Fall and carrying through Spring semester. Starting dates that do not follow this timeline are available at times, however so you may inquire to see if this option is a possibility. This is an unpaid opportunity but training and supervision are provided.
Our training program accepts talented students from differing programs (i.e., Counseling, Psychology, Social Work) and allows all students to work with senior staff from varying disciplines. Many college counseling centers operate within a multi-disciplinary framework, and our training program is no exception. We expect a cooperative spirit and enthusiasm to learn from a variety of colleagues (peers, supervisors, senior staff, psychiatrists, and our office staff).
The Counseling Center prioritizes training as a whole, emphasizing opportunities for professional development and continuing education.
Diversity is a core value here at NC State’s Counseling Center. Trainees are encouraged to explore their beliefs, attitudes and skills in order to assess and increase their cultural awareness, cultural humility, and anti-racist practices. Furthermore, the emphasis placed upon personal understanding as part of professional development may require that trainees be asked to consider issues that are somewhat personal in nature. Every effort is made to provide a safe and nurturing environment which respects disclosure and protects trainees’ confidentiality.
In support of the desire to foster cultural awareness, cultural humility and anti-racist practices, the Counseling Center is committed to developing training for staff. The Counseling Center recognizes that factors such as race or ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, and range of ability affect college students’ lives and sometimes present unique challenges. The Counseling Center values each student’s individuality and commits to welcoming all people with respect and sensitivity. Counseling Center staff also attends to their own professional development by participating in training and programs designed to enhance their understanding of the needs of diverse people.
Model of Training
In alignment with the master’s and doctoral level training programs, the practicum and internship are grounded in the Practitioner-Scholar Model. As practitioners, we value the learning that comes through direct service experiences and thoughtful self-reflection. As scholars, we recognize the importance of theory, research, intentionality, and critical thinking.
Social Work Internship and Field Placement
Trainees will typically work 24 hours a week over the course of their field placement to meet the hours requirements for their individual programs of study. Schedules will be established at the beginning of each semester. Trainees’ schedules will be influenced by space availability, academic course, and personal commitments. This will more than meet the hours required by your program and will prepare trainees to advance into their Internship experience.
Your time can be conceptualized in three categories:
- direct service
- administrative work
Sample Weekly Schedule
|Direct Services Activities:||Hours Per Week|
|Intakes (Personal, Academic & Career)||1 – 2|
|Individual Counseling Follow-Ups||10 +|
|Outreach Programming||0 – 1|
|Group Counseling||1 – 2|
|Observing Senior Staff||0 – 5|
|Total Direct Service:||12 – 15|
|Training – Supervision Activities:|
|Individual Supervision (on site)||1|
|Training Seminar Topics||1|
|Supervision of Group Counseling||0 – 1|
|Total Training & Supervision:||3 – 4|
|Clinical Notes & Paperwork||1 – 5|
|Preparation for Supervision||1|
|Outreach Preparation||0 – 2 (As needed)|
|Staff Meeting||0 – 1|
|Professional Development||0 – 2|
|Total Administrative:||2 – 10|
|Approximate Totals:||24 +/-|
More hours are spent in observing initially, and these hours are replaced by increasing individual counseling appointments as training progresses.
We expect all trainees to take a lunch break when appropriate (when full or most of day is worked). Self-care is essential for a positive and successful training experience. Also, trainees are not able to see students after the counseling center is closed, unless the supervisor has agreed to remain and be available. This does not include educational outreach presentations which may be scheduled after-hours.
All staff involved in training will give feedback designed to both support and challenge the trainee’s development. This will occur on an ongoing basis during the placement and in supervision meetings. More formal evaluations will be provided to the trainee and the trainee’s home graduate department mid-semester and again at the end of each academic term. The training director will work with the trainees and supervisors to ensure these reviews are completed. Typically, both an internal evaluation form and the form required by the trainee’s home graduate department will be completed.
The areas covered on the written evaluations forms for Masters Level Trainees are:
- Initial Assessment Skills
- Crisis Intervention Skills
- Clinical Skills
- Professional Standards & Behavior
- Ethical behavior and practice
- Case Conceptualization and Diagnosis
- Treatment Planning and Intervention Skills
- Use of Supervision and Incorporation of Feedback
- (Other Job-specific Skills)
Feedback for Supervisors and Training Staff
Feedback should be designed to both support and challenge the trainee’s development. This will occur on an ongoing basis during the placement and in supervision meetings. Trainees will also be asked to evaluate elements of our training program at the conclusion of their training.
Trainees are asked to evaluate the training program in areas of:
- Treated with professionalism
- Strength of training
- Quality of supervision
- Overall learning
- Overall skills training
- Overall support provided
- Clinical opportunities provided