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Counseling Externships for Graduate Students

Counseling and Career Services is located in RCF 302.          Phone 443 518 1340.

Training program description 

      Master's Internship brochure                                          Doctoral Externship brochure

Counseling and Career Services (CCS) offers a comprehensive training program for graduate students enrolled in counseling master’s programs, and doctoral programs in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, pastoral counseling, or related fields.  Trainees will have the opportunity to provide both personal and career counseling on an individual or group basis, to engage in outreach and consultation with the campus community, and to develop knowledge of CCS operations by participating in center activities such as our biannual job fairs and freshman focus workshops.  To enhance the development of their clinical skills, trainees will receive intensive individual and group supervision, and participate in case conferences and training seminars. 

The program can accommodate trainees looking for a 10- to 20-hour per week training experience.  Interested applicants must commit one academic year to the training program and be available for a two-day training during the month of August.  As trainees see clients only when their supervisor is on site,  evening hours are not typically available.

Training experiences

Individual clients

Counseling and Career Services currently has a 12-session limit per academic year for individual personal counseling.  Although there is some flexibility in terms of numbers and types of clients seen, trainees will carry at least five clients and conduct two intake sessions per week.  Individual caseloads will vary depending upon on the training needs and interests of the trainee; trainees will have the possibility of carrying two longer-term cases and/or more than five clients. 

Individual supervision

At least one hour of face-to-face supervision per week is provided by senior staff.  All trainees are required to audiotape their sessions and to submit tapes to their supervisor.  Supervision includes client case conceptualization and management, exploration of therapeutic relationship dynamics, and treatment planning.  Master’s interns may remain with their assigned supervisor for the entire year, while doctoral externs will rotate supervisors mid-year.

Group supervision/case conferences

Trainees will meet monthly for case conferences.  During the fall semester, cases will be discussed on an informal basis.  Each trainee will be required to present two formal case presentations, which are held during the spring semester, along with discussions as appropriate.

Training seminars

Training seminars held monthly, incorporate topics of special interest to students as well as a selection of established topics.  For example, initial seminars include ethics, diversity issues, and suicide assessment and intervention.  The day and time of the training seminars will be determined.  Seminars may include presentations by CCS staff and outside experts in the topic.

Campus outreach

Trainees will have the opportunity to be involved in facilitating outreach programs on various topics, as well as to consult with faculty and staff on varying issues.  Examples of typical outreach programs include anxiety and depression screening, health and wellness fairs, eating disorders awareness week activities, resume review workshops, career infusion programming with developmental English classes, and orientation to our services.

Additional activities

Individual therapy with Career Links students

Career Links is a special program within Counseling and Career Services that provides support to low- to moderate- income single parents and/or displaced homemakers.  Trainees with a specific interest in this population may choose to include Career Links clients on their caseload.

Individual work and outreach with the Athletic Department

Trainees with an interest in sports psychology may elect to provide counseling and/or outreach programming to individuals and teams in the Athletic Department.  Examples of outreach program topics may include career development, goal setting, mental skills training, and perseverance despite obstacles.  Intervention in the Athletic Department is largely focused on enhancement (as opposed to remediation).

Group therapy

Trainees may elect to co-lead therapy groups (if available) with a senior staff member.  Trainees who choose the co-leader option will receive one additional half hour of supervision per week.

Weekly case conference for clinicians

Senior staff meets weekly to provide one another with peer supervision and support.  These informal meetings may be open to trainees who would like to attend, schedule permitting.

Campus activities and organizations

Trainees who are interested in learning more about how Counseling and Career Services fits within the greater campus community may take advantage of the many opportunities to become involved in campus activities.  For example, trainees may elect to serve as a liaison to one of the many campus clubs, or to become involved in campus committees.

Application procedure

      Master's Internship brochure                    Doctoral Externship brochure

Interested applicants must be available for the entire academic year, beginning the third week of August.  The program is designed for master’s students ready to begin their internship experience, and to doctoral level students who have successfully completed at least one practicum in counseling.  For the next academic year, we are accepting master’s students and doctoral students.

To apply, please send the following materials:

  • Letter of interest.
  • Current resumé or vita listing all relevant work experience and practica.
  • Graduate transcript.
  • Two letters of reference, including at least one from a supervisor familiar with your clinical work.

Materials may be mailed to the address below:

Joy Stephens, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Mental Health Counseling
Counseling and Career Services, RCF 302
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044

(443)-518-1340 (Phone)
(443)-518-4499 (Fax)

Applications are due no later than March 1.  Qualified candidates will be invited to interview for the position(s).  Please call 443-518-1340 for additional information.

Howard Community College

Situated on a 120-acre wooded campus, Howard Community College (HCC) offers a wide range of academic pursuits and extracurricular activities for students of all ages and walks of life.  Nearly 7,000 students pursue studies at HCC in a variety of academic programs leading to transfer to four-year colleges or immediate employment upon graduation.  An additional 14,000 students take courses for personal or professional development.  Our students come from diverse racial/ethnic and geographical backgrounds, and HCC is home to many international students.  In contrast to students at four-year institutions, HCC students range in age and socioeconomic status.

Counseling and Career Services (CCS) is housed in the spacious new Student Services Building.  Our wing includes Student Support Services and Disability Support Services.  CCS currently includes four full-time professional counselors or psychologists, two part-time counselors or psychologists, a part-time coordinator of Career Links, four part-time evening counselors, three graduate trainees, a part-time internship/co-op coordinator, a career assistant, two full-time office support staff, and a part-time web specialist.

Counseling and Career Services serves both HCC students and Howard County community members.  In a typical year, about 1,270 clients seek services and are seen for  emotional/personal and career counseling.  Included in this number are approximately 385 community members.

Counseling and Career Services RCF 302
Phone: 443-518-1340  Fax:  443-518-4499
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Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Thursday and Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.