Georgia Southern University
      Counselor Education

Department of Leadership, Technology and
          Human Development
          College of Education
                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction to the Counselor Education Internship …………….. p. 3


    1. Academic Requirements for Internship …………………. p. 4

    2. Important Professional Reminders ………………………..        p. 5

    3. Internship hour requirements …………………………….           p. 6

    4. Step-by-step instructions ………………………………….            p. 7

    5. Internship Application ……………………………………..             p. 9
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  Introduction to the Counselor Education Internship Experience

      The Counselor Education Internship Handbook, the School
Counseling Intern Manual, the Student Services Intern Manual, and the
Community Counseling Intern Manual were developed by the faculty to
help interns and their site supervisors successfully navigate their way
through this final stage of the program.
      As such, this document shows that professional success is a
collaborative endeavor that calls for experienced professionals to
mentor developing professionals, and for developing professionals to
take on greater professional responsibility.
      In the Internship Handbook and individual program manuals
candidates will find information that will help complete the forms and
requirements necessary to begin internship, progress through
internship, and complete the licensure and certification requirements.

       The internship experience represents the culmination of formal
academic training in the Counselor Education program. It is the
opportunity students have to assume the role of a professional
counselor-in-training (CIT)and to provide clinical services within a
community agency, school, hospital, private group practice, or
college counseling facility under appropriate supervision. According to
state law, students can only practice as a CIT when they are enrolled in
an internship course and are receiving appropriate face-to-face
supervision. The internship experience, therefore, serves as a “testing
ground” of sorts. Students have the opportunity to test the academic
course work and formal training received thus far and students are
themselves challenged to practice, in the role of intern the counseling
theories, techniques, and procedures learned in their program.
Internship is typically undertaken at the conclusion of the student’s
program, with no more than 6 credit hours remaining to complete the
master’s degree in education.
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1. Academic Requirements for Internship

  A counselor-in-training (CIT) may begin the internship when she or he has
  met the following requirements:

     1. Successfully completed all prerequisite coursework for the Internship
        Coun 7332 – Theories
        Coun 7333 – Models & Techniques
        Coun 7334 – Group Dynamics
        Coun 7337 – Cross Cultural
        Two additional CE specialty courses
        By permission of Counselor Education faculty.

     2. Has a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 for all courses included in the
        program of study.

     3. Has successfully completed COUN 7737 Practicum.

  The CIT is expected to spend approximately 20 per week (at least two and
  one half days) for the two academic terms at the internship site. CIT’s also may
  complete internship in one academic semester spending approximately 40
  hours per week on site.

  A minimum of one hour per week is required for individual supervision
  provided by the on-site supervisor.

  An average of 1.5 hours of group supervision is required and provided by the
  faculty supervisor. The CIT and university supervisor will determine specific
  schedules on internship jointly. The schedule is designed to provide the CIT
  with the minimum of 600 hours of supervised clinical experience 240 of which
  must be direct client contact hours.

  (School counseling interns are strongly encouraged to begin their internship
  at the beginning of the school year when their site supervisor begins his/her
  school year.)
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2. Important Professional Reminders

   You must maintain professional liability insurance. For example,
   see American Counseling Association Insurance Trust. You must
   supply written verification (see Application) of your insurance
   coverage prior to the start date of your internship. ACA insurance
   is preferred, but if a school or an agency whose insurance covers
   you as an intern employs you, you must show that in writing.

  Review ethical standards:
  See the American Counseling Association website of the ACA
   Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice at

  For ethical guidelines for professional school counselors, visit

  See the ACES website at for ethical
   guidelines for counseling supervisors.

 For Standards for Counselor Supervision, go to:


   has information about policies and procedures for processing
   complaints of ethical violations,


 For a useful worksheet for ethical decision-making, visit:

 Join professional organizations such as the following:
 1. American Counseling Association (
 2. American School Counselor Association
 3. American Mental Health Counselors Association
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3. Internship hour requirements

Number of        Minimum           Minimum           Minimum           Total
credits          counseling        individual        group             internship
                 contact           supervision       supervision       hours
                 hours             hours             hours
     3             120               16                 24               300
     6             240               16                 24               600

A total of 600 internship hours must be earned in conjunction with a passing grade in
both COUN 7738 and COUN 7739 to order to complete this program requirement.

Counseling contact hours include: Individual counseling hours + career
counseling hours + group counseling hours + intake and assessment hours + crisis
intervention hours + family counseling.

Individual supervision hours include: Time spent with your site supervisor
discussing your development as a counselor and your counseling interactions with
clients at the site. Supervision may be conducted as a dyad or triad, but not as a
group staffing. The ideal format for supervision is face-to-face and includes review of
a recent videotape of a counseling session. Supervision should cover skills,
conceptualization, personalization, and professional identity development. You
should plan, negotiate, and advocate at your site to receive these experiences.
Consultation in passing (also known as drive-by supervision) is not a viable
alternative to real supervision.

Group supervision hours include: Time spent in internship lab on campus. Group
supervision must equal an average of 1.5 hours per week for the semester you are
registered for internship regardless of the number of credits.

Other on-site activities include: Any time at your site that is not direct counseling
contact, but related to client service, site support, or your development as a
counselor. These hours can include staff/faculty consultation, family
consultation, in service or trainings for site staff, site/client-related
paperwork, site-related administrative duties, observation, advocacy, teaching
or instruction, phone contact, etc.

Total internship hours include: Client contact hours + individual supervision hours
+ group supervision hours + other on-site activities.
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4. Step-by-step instructions

What follows is a step-by-step process for CIT’s to follow in identifying and securing
an internship setting and experience. As a student, it is your responsibility to begin
the process early. This means completing the Internship Application. Your careful
attention to the Internship Application will ensure that the internship location
process begins smoothly and will help ensure that you identify an appropriate
setting. If you have questions about completing the application materials, contact the
Clinical Coordinator or your university supervisor.

1. Complete Internship Application: The first step of the application process is
completing the application form, found on pages 9 - 14 of this Internship Handbook,
with the three (3) necessary accompanying forms. Your completion of this form will
assist in clarifying your needs and goals for the internship experience and will help
identify an appropriate internship placement.

2. Obtain List of Potential Internship Sites: A list of potential internship settings is
available through the Office of Legal Affairs and can be located from the following
It is the student’s responsibility to contact and secure an internship site. The clinical
coordinator and your faculty advisor can assist in identifying and recommending
particular sites. However, it will be your responsibility to initiate contact with
potential internship sites, schedule interviews if required, and finalize the internship

3. Contact Potential Internship Sites: Once you have identified several potential
internship sites it is recommended that you begin making telephone calls and
scheduling appointments early in the process. When you call each
agency/organization/school, ask to speak directly with the clinical director and/or
internship coordinator, inquire about the specific clinical services provided by each
agency, school, or hospital that a counseling intern would be able to offer (e.g.,
psychological testing, diagnostic assessment, and treatment planning), and request
an on-site interview for a possible internship experience. Make the initial contact via
telephone and not via a faxed or e-mail message to the contact person. In addition,
do not base an internship agreement on a telephone interview! Schedule an on-site
interview with the agency contact person and meet directly with this person. Take a
copy of this Internship Handbook and the site supervisor manual and intern manual
appropriate to your track with you. Keep track of the agencies and persons you
contact and be certain you know with whom you are speaking and his/her title and
position at the agency.
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4. Interview Guidelines: Once an interview has been scheduled, take with you a
copy of the Site Supervisor Manual to leave with the person with whom you will be
interviewing. Provide that person with the name and telephone number of the
Clinical Coordinator. Clarify that supervision will need to be provided by a
qualified professional counselor (Masters degree in a counseling or counseling
related field, a minimum of two years experience, and the appropriate license or
credentials.) Follow-up the in-person interviews you have had with telephone calls
to inquire about the status of your internship placement request. Don’t wait for them
to call you!

5. Submit Completed Internship Application to Clinical Coordinator: Once you
have an agreement with a particular site, complete the Internship Application and
accompanying forms. The application and accompanying forms, signed and dated,
are due by April 15 if starting Fall semester and October 15 if starting Spring

Failure to submit necessary paperwork by the deadlines specified in this handbook
may delay (by as much as an entire semester) the commencement of your internship

6. Securing the Internship Setting and Experience: Once the Counselor Education
faculty has approved your application, make sure you have enrolled in the
appropriate internship course and secure the required signatures on the Counseling
Internship Agreement found in the intern manual. You will submit that agreement to
your faculty supervisor.
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5. Internship Application


To:              M.Ed. Counselor Education Graduate Students
From:            Dr. Lisa L. Schulz, Clinical Coordinator
Subject:         Application for Internships

Congratulations! You are about to embark on the final phase of the clinical
experience required to earn a master’s degree in education from the Counselor
Education program at Georgia Southern University. The first step in this
journey is to complete this application and submit it by the deadline indicated.
Please remember to enroll in the appropriate internship course and do not
hesitate to ask questions and make the most of what awaits.

The deadline for making application to enroll in the Counseling Internships (COUN
7738 & COUN 7739) for Fall semester is April 15 and October 15 for Spring
semester. Attached to this memorandum is the COUNSELOR EDUCATION
must be completed and submitted with the internship application.

A requirement of the internship is that a MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING be in
effect between the internship site (school, district, community agency) and Georgia
Southern University throughout the internship period. The faculty must receive your
application by the April 15th or October 15th deadline to ensure that the Memorandum
of Understanding is established or updated and can be kept current throughout the
duration of your internship. A current listing of internship sites with whom GSU has (or
has had) a Memorandum of Understanding can be found at:
In preparation for the internship experience and to become informed regarding
internship policies and procedures, students should obtain a copy of the appropriate
INTERNSHIP MANUAL from their advisors.

Please complete all FOUR forms included in this application and submit them with a
copy of your liability insurance policy’s declaration page to: Dr. Lisa Schulz at GSU,
P.O. Box 8131 Statesboro, GA 30460-8131. (Note: minimum liability insurance limits
are $1 million/$3 million.) Information about student insurance coverage and rates are
available from the counselor education faculty.

NOTE: Your application must be received by the Clinical Coordinator by April 15 or October 15th, so that a
           Memorandum of Understanding between GSU and your internship site is in place before you begin your internship.
           You are also required to provide evidence of professional liability insurance, provide a resume of your site
           supervisor and to have signed the off-campus student participation agreement by April/October 15th.

NAME:                                                                   GSU ID #:


HOME EMAIL:                                           HOME PHONE:

GSU EMAIL:                                            CELL PHONE:

Please indicate your counseling degree area: School                          Community            Student Services

Semester you will enroll in (and expect to complete) Internship I:

Semester you will enroll in (and expect to complete) Internship II:


Name of System/Agency:

Name:                                                                   Title:

   System Superintendent or Agency Director to whom the Memorandum of Understanding should be mailed:
   (not building principal)

Phone#:                                                        Fax#:


City, State, Zip Code:


Name of internship site:

Administrator’s Name & Title:

Phone:                                                                  Fax#:

Site Supervisor’s Name & Title:
   Supervisor must be certified/licensed and have a minimum of 2 years professional experience .

Phone:                                                         Email:

Date Received by Internship Coordinator: _________________________
                       Off-Campus Student Participation Agreement


         I                                                  hereby acknowledge my awareness that
participation in an off-campus internship or applied learning experience arranged through
Georgia Southern University’s Department of Leadership, Technology, & Human Development
may expose me to a risk of property damage and bodily or personal injury, including injury that
may prove fatal, to myself or others. For the sole consideration of the University arranging for
my participation in an off-campus counseling internship experience at (name of internship site) :
________________________________________, I agree to assume all the risks and
responsibilities surrounding my participation in the above referenced internship/experience, the
transportation, and in any independent research or activities undertaken as an adjunct thereto, and
in advance release, waive, forever discharge, and covenant not to sue the University, the Board of
Regents of the University System of Georgia, their members individually and their officers,
agents, employees, and any students acting as employees (hereinafter collectively referred to as
the "Releasees"), from and against any and all liability for any harm, injury, damage, claims,
demands, actions, causes of action, costs, and expenses of any nature that I may have or that may
hereafter accrue to me, arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury, including but not
limited to suffering and death, that may be sustained by me or by any property belonging to me,
whether caused by the negligence or carelessness of the Releasees, or otherwise, while in, on,
upon, or in transit to or from the premises where the internship/experience, or any adjunct to the
internship/experience, occurs or is being conducted. I understand that acceptance of this signed
Off-Campus Student Participation Agreement by the Board of Regents of the University System
of Georgia shall not constitute a waiver, in whole or in part, of sovereign immunity by said
Board, its members, officers, agents, and employees.
         I further agree to follow all administrative policies, standards, and practices of the off-
campus facility. I understand that I shall not be deemed to be employed by, or to be an agent or
servant of, the Board of Regents or Georgia Southern University for any services I provide during
the internship and that I will not receive monetary compensation for such services from the
University. I further state that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude or
restrict my participation, without provisions of reasonable accommodation, in this activity and
that I shall be fully responsible for any medical costs, through adequate health insurance or
otherwise, that may be attendant as a result of injury to me during my internship activities.
         I have read and understand the above Off-Campus Student Participation Agreement and I
agree that it binds my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, as well as myself. I have
freely and voluntarily signed this Agreement and agree that it shall be construed in accordance
with the laws of the State of Georgia. If any terms or provision of this Agreement shall be held
illegal or unenforceable, the validity of the remaining portions shall not be affected.

________________________________________ _____________________________________
Signature of student participant               Signature of witness



As part of my professional training in Counselor Education, I understand that I will
participate in field experiences, pre-practicum and internship experiences in colleges,
school systems, and/or agencies beyond the university campus. I am further aware of the
policy established by the Department of Leadership, Technology, & Human
Development requiring that students provide evidence of holding liability insurance prior
to their participation in field experiences, pre-practicum, practicum and /or internship
courses and activities.

I, ____________________________________              GSU ID # _____________________
             (Full name printed)

verify that I have professional liability insurance (Minimum liability limits of $1,000,000
per incident / $3,000,000 aggregate) currently in effect with:

                              (Name of Insurance Company)

           (Dates stating period of insurance coverage, i.e. from 1/07 to 12/07)

Note: Verification is required. Attach a copy of your policy’s declaration page.

Furthermore, having attested to liability insurance coverage as described above, I assume
full responsibility for my own professional liability during field experiences, practicum,
and internship, and hereby relieve all parties of any responsibility.

               (Signature of Student)                                       (Date)

Personal Information:

First Name:

Last Name:

Work Site:

City, State, Zip Code:

Phone Number:

Name and Position of Supervisor:

Supervisor’s phone number:

Education History: List all degrees/diplomas

Name of University City and State              Degree & Major     Graduation Date

Licenses and Certificates: List all certificates and licenses

Certificate/License      Issued by:            Issued on:         Expiration Date:

Employment History: Please provide history for the past seven years

Current Position




Position Title:

From:         To:

Name of Supervisor:


Previous Position





Position Title:

From:         To:

Name of Supervisor:


Previous Position





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