Counseling and Psychological Services
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

 Application Information

Master’s Degree Internships in Counseling & Social Work

Post-Degree North Carolina Licensure Externship in Counseling

The UNCP Counseling and Psychological Services has a strong commitment to the training of new mental health professionals and strives to make certain all trainees receive the support necessary to ensure a positive growth experience.  Professional development and supervision are considered essential elements of the internship / supervision experience.  Individual supervision involves a fully licensed professional from the intern’s discipline overseen by Dr. George Gressman, Associate Director of CAPS and Clinical Coordinator.

The UNCP Counseling and Psychological Services serves a highly diverse campus population of more than 6500 students.  Founded as an institution for the education of Native Americans, UNCP boasts a “minority majority” student body which is annually recognized as one of the most diverse in the country.  This community profile enables interns to gain experience with clients from a wide range of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.  Additionally, more than 35% of students are over the age of twenty-four.

Internships are competitive. Applications are accepted and acted upon on a rolling basis beginning February 1st. Positions are usually full before April 1st; however, late applicants may contact the Associate Director for information about any available positions. Orientation will begin mid August. New interns may be accepted for the spring semester if an opening becomes available.

Master’s Degree Internships in Counseling and Social Work

These internships are designed for the student who has completed a substantial part of his/her coursework and who has already completed a practicum or other “first” placement experience in a clinical setting.  Students should have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, courses in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Basic Requirements:  Below are the basic site requirements.  In some cases these requirements may exceed those of a particular degree program.  If this is the case, then students and their programs must agree to the minimum site requirements.  In cases where the site requirements are less than the program requirements, the site will make every effort to meet those higher requirements, and if able to do so, welcomes students from those programs.

Hours: Interns are required to be on site for a minimum of 24 hours per week.  This requirement may be met in three days per week, but four days per week are preferred.  Interns are required to work the entire UNCP semester, even if this means they work more hours than their program minimum requirements.  Interns who leave the experience early will not receive any endorsement from the site.  Interns will not work UNCP holidays and breaks; please note these may not coincide with the home institution breaks.  The internship is designed to offer a minimum of 330 hours during the semester.  While a two semester placement is preferred, interns may request a one semester experience.

Supervision:  Interns will receive 1 hour per week of individual supervision from his/her assigned supervisor.  They will also participate in a weekly 1.5 hour case consultation / group supervision meeting with all members of the clinical staff.  Finally, interns participate in a weekly 1 hour training / group supervision experience with the Assistant Director.

Experiences:  Interns will have experiences in the following areas:

  1. Intake Assessments;
  2. Individual Counseling with 10 to 12 on-going clients;
  3. Assessment of mandated clients for alcohol and drug violations;
  4. Group Counseling co-facilitation with a clinical staff member;
  5. Regularly scheduled Outreach Mental Health Screenings on the campus;
  6. Psychoeducational Presentations to various campus organizations and classes;
  7. Other activities as may be appropriate.

Every effort will be made to tailor these experiences to the intern’s specific interests.

Application:  For priority consideration the following materials are due by February 25th:

  1. UNCP Counseling Center Internship Application;
  2. Unofficial copy of transcripts;
  3. One page statement of your reasons for seeking this internship experience.

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Send completed application materials to:  Associate Director and Clinical Coordinator, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372.

NC Licensure Externship in Counseling

This experience is designed for the person who has completed all preliminary requirements for licensure in North Carolina and is now in the supervision phase before full licensure.  The supervisee will have the opportunity to participate in a full range of mental health activities.  The externship is highly personalized and flexible to meet the needs of the participant.  Supervisees sign a contract outlining the specifics for their individual requirements.  Failure to honor the terms of the agreement will result in the center withholding endorsement of reported supervised hours toward full licensure to the appropriate professional practice board.

To discuss the options for the externship, please contact:  Associate Director of CAPS and Clinical Coordinator, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372.


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