Montana State University Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers placement and supervision for pre-master’s and/or post-master’s students. Internships will begin in August 2018 and conclude in May 2019.  Students selected will be required to commit to a minimum of two consecutive semesters at CPS for no less than 20 hours each week.  The experience will include both individual and group supervision by members of the staff, a caseload of 10 clients per week, participation in meetings and case consultations with senior staff, attendance at in-service training seminars, conducting intake assessments, and participation in CPS outreach and consultation activities. There is the possibility of co-facilitating a group with a senior staff member. This group opportunity would be in addition to the 20-hour time commitment.  Interns are expected to work at least two evenings/week from 5-8 pm.


Interns who train at CPS are a valued part of our staff. Interns are involved in many aspects of the work and leave CPS with broad training that will prepare them to function in a variety of work settings following internship. Interns at CPS tend to value the high- quality supervision, and the opportunity to work in a supportive setting, and as part of a multidisciplinary team in conjunction with our partners in Medical Services. To apply, please see the information below:


  1. Application (Cover letter, CV, letters of recommendation, session recording and work sample write up) due by March 19, 2018 at 9 am.  Please deliver the printed application and session recording (on a flash drive that will be returned to you) to the CPS front desk – 211 Swingle Building (2nd floor)
  2. Interviews will be conducted between March 23-30
  3. Selection will be announced via email on or before March 30

Application Instructions:

The following requirements will be used for pre-master’s and post-master’s internship selection at Counseling and Psychological Services:

  1. Pre-master’s applicants must be enrolled in a master’s level Counseling or Marriage and Family Therapy program, and have completed at least one semester of practicum by mid-May, 2018. 
  2. Post-master’s applicants must have completed a master’s degree in mental health or marriage and family counseling prior to the start of the internship in mid-August.
  3. All applicants must submit a formal cover letter to Dr. Samantha White, Assistant Director of Training, Counseling & Psychological Services, describing their interest in the internship, academic background and any related work experience.
  4. All applicants must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation including recommendations from any current practicum supervisors.  For students enrolled in the MSU Counseling program, their practicum supervisors can provide a verbal recommendation if they attend a CPS Training and Supervision Committee meeting.  Supervisors can contact Dr. White for further details on attending the meeting.
  5. All applicants must submit a quality audio or video recording, demonstrating their basic skills and competencies in working with an ongoing individual client (no intake, family or couples sessions, please).  Applicants are expected to secure an appropriate release of information from the client before submitting the work sample, but please do not provide the release to CPS in order to protect client confidentiality.  Attached is a list of questions, specific to this recording, which must be addressed as part of the application. Please submit via flash drive; we will contact you to pick up the drive when review is complete.
  6. All applicants must submit a current curriculum vita.
  7. An in-person interview will be conducted for applicants who are finalists for selection.

The following conditions or assumptions are understood regarding participation in CPS’s pre- and post-master’s internship.

  1. Pre-master’s and post-master’s interns will be encouraged to work closely with the entire Counseling and Psychological Services staff.  Intensive supervision is a core component of our training program; therefore, interest in and openness to feedback is highly valued.
  2. Experiences may be individualized in order to meet special needs and preferences of the students.
  3. Pre-master’s interns will not provide counseling or psychological services for a fee during their tenure as trainees at Counseling and Psychological Services.
  4. Pre-master’s and post-master’s interns will not provide any counseling or psychological services outside MSU Counseling and Psychological Services without written approval from the center's Director and the Assistant Director of Training.
  5. If post-master’s students provide counseling or psychological services outside of MSU Counseling and Psychological Services, they will sign a written contract delineating who will supervise them and be responsible for their outside services.
  6. There is no salary for post-master’s or pre-master’s students working at Counseling and Psychological Services.
  7. While most of the students’ time will be allocated to direct service, trainees are expected to participate in additional learning opportunities at CPS including seminars, outreach and consultation.
  8. Post-master’s and pre-master’s interns will be required to obtain professional liability insurance at their own expense and provide documentation of their coverage at the start of their placement at CPS.
  9. The Director of Counseling and Psychological Services has the option of terminating the contract with pre-master’s and post-master’s interns at any time.

Work Sample:

Please submit a recording of an individual client session (no couples, families, or intakes) with a case write-up (no more than 5 pages) including the following information:

  1. Identifying Information
  2. Number of this session as well as total number of sessions with this client
  3. Presenting Problem (a paragraph will do)
  4. Brief History
  5.  Your conceptualization of the client
  6.  Therapy Goals
  7.  DSM-5 Diagnosis
  8.  How you see/understand your relationship with this client: please include how you see your own values/issues impacting the therapeutic relationship
  9.  How you felt about this session and what you might do differently