CSB Undergraduate and Graduate Level Internship Opportunities

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Our definition of "intern" is an individual in either a practicum or internship placement within the agency completing who is completing specific requirements under supervision for academic institution. The CSB must have contractual agreements in place in order to accept a student from a given school or academic institution.

The VIVA Program has provided undergraduate and graduate level internships in counseling, clinical psychology, social work, pastoral counseling, forensics, human services, substance abuse counseling, physical therapies, speech and language therapies, occupational therapies, MPA, MPH and health systems management.

Important notice! Applications are now being accepted for practicum and internship for Fall 2016-Spring 2017 clinical placements. Currently due to capacity there are no residency placements at this time.

All students interns 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 program. Learning opportunities for clinical internships may include:

  • Establish effective clinical interviewing skills.
  • Conduct individual, group, and family counseling or psychotherapy.
  • Assist in evaluation of potential abuse, neglect and risk issues in collaboration with the treatment team.
  • Participate in and conduct differential diagnosis, treatment planning and goal setting with individuals receiving services and in collaboration with treatment team. 
  • Completing screenings, intakes and biopsychosocial assessments and evaluations.
  • Perform case management including community, financial, housing and environmental needs with cultural and demographic factors. 
  • Participate in staff meetings and staffings, including presenting cases.
  • Apply ethical guidelines and principles to clinical treatment in all aspects. 
  • Conduct program needs assessments, data analysis and outcome measures as assigned.
  • Collaborate with medical staff to incorporation primary healthcare into individual daily health plan.

All students will be assigned an on-site supervisor who has the credentials required by the school or credentialing board to provide qualified clinical supervision.

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.

Application Process

  • Go to the Fairfax County Volunteer Management System to create a profile and complete an application. You can upload your current resume/CV and your school’s program requirements (required) and you will also be able to make note of your preferences in terms of site location, service population or schedule.
  • The VIVA staff and other clinical staff will screen applications and candidates who meet skills, experience and educational requirements for placements may be selected. The most qualified applicants are referred for a formal interviews for the most suitable placements.There are two interviewsfor a placement. We have a large number of applicants who are applying for internship opportunities and it is a competitive selection process. The supervisor makes the final decision about accepting an individual into a conditional internship placement.
  • Once a student is given a conditional office for a placement, he/she will meet with VIVA Program staff to complete background check and onboarding paperwork. Conditional offers given based upon satisfactory completion and results of all required references, background checks, and TB screenings.

If you're ready to apply for a CSB internship, go to the Fairfax County Volunteer Management System to create a profile and complete an application.

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