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 and conclude in May.  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:


Applicant Qualifications:

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 of the year of application. 
  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.

Application Instructions and Selection Process:

  1. Cover letter describing interest in the internship, academic background and any related work experience.
  2. 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.
  3. Curriculum Vita
  4. Work Sample:  Please submit an audio or video recording of anindividual 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

Applicants are expected to secure an appropriate release of information from the client before submitting the work sample, but do not provide the release to CPS in order to protect client confidentiality. Please submit via flash drive; we will contact you to pick up the drive when review is complete.

5. An in-person interview will be conducted for applicants who are finalists for selection.

Internship Expectations:

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 Master's Training Coordinator.
  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.


Application Timeline

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). Specific due dates will be updated on this webpage in January.