Student Life

Practicum and Intern Positions at Emmanuel College The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center at Emmanuel serves the undergraduate student body, providing short-term counseling, both individual and group, outreach and prevention. The Center is directed by a licensed psychologist and staffed with two licensed mental health counselors, a part-time consulting psychiatrist, and an office manager/triage coordinator The Center usually accepts two trainees each academic year who function as an integral part of our staff.

The Center operates from a wellness and a strong student development model and supports the mission of a Catholic college committed to social justice and the value of education to change the world. We see a wide-range of presenting concerns and a diverse group of students. The Center collaborates closely with other offices on campus.

The Center is perceived as a welcoming place for staff and clients and we maintain an informal atmosphere that seems best for our students. Despite the relaxed atmosphere, staff members are held to the highest professional standards and expectations in their clinical work and their supervision of trainees.


The Counseling Center graduate practicum/intern position requires the trainee to work 22-28 hours a week for the entire academic year. We accept students from an accredited program in counseling, psychology or related field. Our trainees often have master’s degrees or equivalent or are working towards certification as a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) Experience working with college students is preferred, but not required.

Viable candidates will have completed appropriate coursework and have knowledge of counseling theory and basic counseling skills. Clinical experience, including at least one practicum or equivalent, is necessary. Audiotaping is required for all sessions and audio recorders are provided. Supervisors may vary in their emphasis on the use of tapes during supervision but listen to sessions on a regular basis. Psychological testing is not done on a routine basis, although trainees with an interest in this area can work with their supervisor to identify appropriate clients for testing.

Trainees are responsible for managing a caseload of 10-15 students a semester and conducting one group or educational workshop a semester. The intern helps with outreach programming and is required to attend campus events (e.g. move in day, wellness week).

Interns should plan their schedules between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The intern is required to attend case consultation meetings on Mondays and staff meetings when possible. Because the two interns share an office space, some coordination and flexibility in scheduling is necessary. In addition, the intern attends weekly meetings with the College of The Fenway (COF) interns for peer supervision and training.

The Counseling Center uses Titanium, an electronic scheduling and documentation system. Interns are expected to manage their schedules and complete documentation in a professional and timely manner.

Trainees must carry their own liability insurance and will be asked to provide a copy of coverage for office records.

In addition to the above, ideal candidates will have most of the following:

    • Willingness to see students with a variety of mental health issues
    • Ability to manage time effectively and maintain organization
    • Ability to work independently and as a member of counseling team
    • Knowledge of counseling theory and brief intervention skills
    • Awareness of personal limitations and strengths (i.e. ability to manage own mental health)
    • Knowledge of confidentiality within a college setting
    • Willingness to engage in outreach with other departments within the college
    • Openness to feedback; willingness to give feedback Professional and mature attitude (i.e. appropriate attire, language, behavior)
    • Understanding of Emmanuel College's and the Counseling Center's policies and mission


The Center takes seriously its commitment to training and helping interns grow as professionals. As we are a small staff, trainees work closely with all members of the counseling center who maintain an open door approach. Weekly supervision is provided by staff who is most appropriate based on the student’s degree program. Doctoral level students are supervised by a licensed psychologist and masters level students are supervised by either a licensed mental health counselor or a licensed psychologist.

Application Process

Interested candidates should electronically submit a resume, cover letter and 3 references to Review of applications will begin by early January with interviews starting the 3rd week of January. We accept candidates on a rolling basis so early application is advisable. Emmanuel College does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. Candidates who are knowledgeable about and committed to multiculturalism are encouraged to apply.