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Social Work Internship

Position Description

A placement at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) includes seeing Ohio University student clients from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of concerns. Trainees will provide counseling to on-going individual clients, as well as crisis/drop-in coverage. The opportunity to process observe or co-facilitate a group is available. 

We at CPS believe that training future practitioners is part of our mission and therefore encourage you to participate in whatever activities we are engaged and which meet your own interests and/or career plans. We provide up to two hours of weekly one-on-one supervision per trainee. We also provide trainees with one-and-a-half hours of weekly group supervision and continuing education through our graduate professional seminar.  

Placements are for a full, academic year starting during fall semester. Social work interns are expected to be on site for 20 hours per week in fall semester and 20 hours per week during spring.  

All students will need to participate in a one and a half hour, once-a-week graduate professional seminar as part of the placement. These will most likely to be held on Thursday mornings. 


  1. A high quality training experience in a HIPAA-compliant environment
  2. Flexibility and responsiveness to meet individual training needs
  3. Supervision from an appropriately licensed professional
  4. A minimum 25% of training time spent in direct service provision


  • Completion of the social work foundation curriculum: Bachelor of Social Work or the first year of Master of Social Work, including theory, direct practice and field coursework 
    • Identify relevant practice coursework including the number of credit hours taken 
    • Describe prior experiences with interviewing and assessment 
  • Availability for 20 hours per week during fall and spring semester. 

If you have questions or would like additional details, please email Chad Wilt, Assistant Director for Training.

Application Process

Required Documents

  • Application
  • Departmental permission form 
  • Academic experience worksheet 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference (one preferably from previous field instructor and/or direct practice course instructor) 
  • Unofficial transcripts

Please include supplemental material that may assist reviewers in considering your candidacy. If you meet the basic criteria for placement, you will be asked to interview with one or more CPS staff. Unfortunately, the number of students we can accommodate is limited and varies from year-to-year.  Applications will be reviewed and candidates interviewed on a first-come basis until available placements are filled.  

If you have questions or concerns, please email Chad Wilt, Assistant Director for Training.