CSB Undergraduate and Graduate Level Internship Opportunities

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Our definition of an "Intern" is an individual completing specific requirements under supervision, for academic institution, seeking placement for either practicum or internship.

Undergraduate and graduate level internships in counseling, clinical psychology, social work, nursing, health systems management, psychology, substance abuse counseling, and others.

Important notice! Currently all internship positions are full for spring 2015. Applications for Summer and Fall 2015 practicum and internship placements are currently being accepted. The deadline for applying for counseling, psychology, social work clinical internships is March 15, 2015. Currently due to capacity there are no residency placements at this time.

There are two tracks for internships with the CSB. All students will become a part of a multidisciplinary treatment team at their placement site. Learning opportunities will be based on the requirements of the student’s academic or credentialing program, the student’s prior experience, and the focus of the treatment program. Learning opportunities may include:

  • participating in and/or conducting assessments and diagnoses,
  • developing and implementing treatment plans,
  • providing case management services,
  • staffing cases,
  • conducting individual, group, and family treatment sessions,
  • case documentation,
  • conducting needs assessments,
  • evaluating outcomes, and
  • other activities.

All students will be provided with at least one experienced on-site supervisor who has the credentials required by the school or credentialing board.

Most placements are available Monday through Friday, during regular working hours. There are very few placements which can accommodate students in the evening, and even those will usually require that the student put in at least several hours one day per week. Some placements may require some evening hours.

Track I, or Foundation Track, students are undergraduate and first-year graduate students. Foundation Track also includes students completing Certified Substance Abuse Counselor internships, and LPN students. Foundation Track students will initially observe and work alongside staff. They may work independently with guidance and supervision after developing the basic competencies needed at the treatment site.

Track II, or Advanced Track, students are at least second-year graduate students, RN to BSN students, or individuals completing residencies for certification, such as CSAC. The CSB is occasionally able to accept residents for licensure such as LPC, LCSW, and LSATP. For clinical placements, Advanced Track students must have had prior clinical experience and usually will have completed coursework in psychopathology, assessment and psychotherapy, and personality theory. Training in working with individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness is also useful. In most cases, students must be completing at least 600 clock hours for their placement (usually over 2 semesters), which is a minimum of 16–20 hours per week. Students must plan to attend weekly staff meetings.

Application Process

  • Please only apply if you meet our definition of "intern" (an individual completing specific requirements under supervision for academic or credentialing credit). Contact VIVA Program Manager Cynthia Miller to have an application emailed to you. You must submit a VIVA intern application, resume or CV, and your official academic program’s requirements for the practicum/internship.
  • The VIVA Program Manager and other clinical staff will screen applications and contact potential applicants to set up an interview. There may be more than one interview for a placement.
  • After the interview at the site, the prospective supervisor will let the VIVA Program Manager know if they approve the student.
  • Once a student is accepted for a placement, he/she will meet with VIVA Program staff to complete application and background check paperwork. References, background checks and other clearance processes must be completed before an applicant can be accepted into the CSB.


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Cynthia Miller, LPC, ACS, Manager, VIVA Program, 703-799-2847
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